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Rider Sports Massage


Kylie is a keen sportswomen and has been actively engaged in a variety of Sports for a number of years.   She understands the need for sports training, prehab and rehab programmes and is currently Qualified through ITEC Level 4 Sports Massage and is also a Certified Level 1 practitioner of Neurokinetic Therapy Technique.  Kylie has a comprehensive understanding of the principles of exercise science, and has studied the biomechanical and physiological demands of equestrian sport for both horse and rider. 


Rider asymmetry is prevalent among the general population and research suggests increased symmetry in more advanced riders.  There are also various areas of the body that are subject to repetitive strain and as such, need to be addressed through soft tissue work because links between overuse injuries and altered performance have been described such as increased pronation resulting in reduced seat quality in riders..  

With experience working with Dressage Riders, Showjumpers, Eventers, Polo and Polocrosse players, Kylie has comprehensive knowledge around the subject of Soft tissue work in Equestrians.

Massage has a number of benefits:
  - Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow
  - Assist athletes prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
  - Increase joint flexibility.
  - Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
  - Increase oxygen and nutrients delivery to tissues and vital organs,
     improving circulation.
  - Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling.
  - Reduce spasms and cramping.
  - Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
  - Release endorphins.
Kinesiology Taping


KT supports injured soft tissue structures and joints and lifts the skin to enhance microcirculation which relieves pain and increases activity of the lymphatic system (Kase, Tatsuyuki and Tomoki, 1996). This is achieved by the elasticity of the tape which recoils on application to the skin, forming convolutions that “lift” the skin, relieving sensory receptors

A further mechanism of action was proposed by Murray (2001) who suggested that KT improved proprioception through increased stimulation of cutaneous mechanoreceptors, resulting from stretching of the skin.  Of particular note in KT research is the increased motor unit recruitment resultant of increased proprioception, which has been observed by Słupik et al., (2007).


Kylie has attained a certification in “Kinesiology Taping for Athletes Masterclass” in the John Gibbons Bodymaster Method, and can offer taping to riders to aid muscle asymmetry, pain etc.  

Equestrian Performance


   Kylie Bonthrone - Equine Physio and Rider Sports Therapist

          BSc (Hons) Equine Science, PGDip VPhys, SMT, NKTP, MIAAT           

    Craig Bonthrone - Strength and Conditioning Coach

       MSc Coaching Science, NSCA accredited,  BSc (Hons) S and C,  FdSc. 

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