Therapeutic massage has both physical and mental / emotional benefits to the horse. Massage helps to improve circulation by promoting blood flow, increasing oxygen and helping to deliver nutrition to the tissues. The “circulation” of the lymphatic system assists the system in ridding the body of toxins and waste build up. In addition, massage can be beneficial in helping to accelerate healing of injuries by breaking up compensation patterns and preventing further problems from arising. Equine massage relieves tension by reducing pressure on nerve endings, which in turn stimulates the proprioceptors, allowing the body to return to its healthy state.