Hi everyone, my name is Jonathan Baker, and I am an Equine Skeletal Bodyworker, based in Auckland, and doing my part to help our horses experience the pain free and healthy lifestyle that we all want for them.
It was an unusual journey that brought me into the world of horses, (having never been around them until my mid 20’s) but through a series of co-incidences (and an early mid-life crisis) I found myself first involved as a full time natural hoofcare practitioner, and later a bodyworker, after encounters with particularly unusual hooves led me on a quest for the hoof - body connection. If not for a very special Kaimanawa mare who started me on my journey I don’t know where I would be today – she was ultimately my greatest teacher and at times a very challenging friend…thank you.
The therapy I am trained in is known as Contact C.A.R.E. and when done correctly can produce very exciting results. I have trained under the founder Dale Speedy, and regularly attend ongoing clinics so as to remain up to date in the latest discoveries. I have been practicing for around 2 years, but this last year has really seen a lot of growth. This led to the decision to specialise, retain only a small number of dedicated trimming clients, and open up a clinic for human and dog treatments in Titirangi. Personally, the reward in this work is seeing lives transformed, not just for horses but in people also.
Flinchlock Release Therapy (or Contact C.A.R.E) is a safe, gentle and hands on method of releasing heavily pressurized bones that are trapped in a state of shock. It becomes easy to understand why this is so important when you realise that the skeleton is the foundation that your horse is supported by, and what soft tissue is ultimately anchored to.
But if a single point in this structure becomes pressure filled at a skeletal level, it can no longer serve its function to its full potential. Just like overtightening a single gear in a machine, it creates excess strain, wear and eventually breakdown of the entire structure. If you want to know how this happens, drop by my website – www.equicare.co.nz.
My role is to return these bones to normal operating pressure…to get results like this.
Haematoma before treatment
About 30 min into treatment
The Next Day
Pronounced, misaligned and very painful vertebra
Can be reintegrated into correct skeletal function
Here’s just one testimonial of many I’d like to share with you:
Almost 2 years ago I took ownership of a 7 year old TB gelding, Ex race horse from Hong Kong. He was a lovely but troubled guy, extremely girthy and certainly not safe to ride. He would buck then straight into a canter once backed…
For over a year we would have a good day then a month or so of bad days, it was at this point I had to decide whether to keep him or not.
Luckily for us we met Jonathan and he spent three Contact C.A.R.E. sessions on my TB. During the sessions he was the most relaxed I had ever seen him. A few days following the treatment I jumped on and he was incredible. It was like riding a different horse. Over the next few months the improvements continued and we are now riding bitless over jumps and in the paddocks.
I can’t thank Contact C.A.R.E. enough and I would certainly recommend this treatment to anyone. - Elaine
Feel free to contact me, I’m more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Hope to see you around in the near future.
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