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Meet Kelli Nichols of FullStride Equine Massage in Queen Creek

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kelli Nichols.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
In 2015, I purchased a horse I was hoping to be a trail horse for my husband. Hess a beautiful AQHA Blue Roan named Gus that stole my heart the minute he walked into my barn. We brought him home knowing he had a condition called navicular (Navicular syndrome, often called navicular disease, is a syndrome of lameness problems in horses. It most commonly describes an inflammation or degeneration of the navicular bone and its surrounding tissues, usually on the front feet. It can lead to significant and even disabling lameness.)

Shortly after getting Gus home it was obvious he was pretty uncomfortable. We started by treating him with the recommended corrective shoeing and a daily anti-inflammatory medication. When that stopped being enough to control his pain I was left to the drawing board to find other options to help my horse be more comfortable.

Through some research I came across the practice and benefits of equine massage. As a vet school dropout (I am too empathetic for that line of work) I had for the most part given up my life long goal to make working with horses and my passion for them one in the same; until I found massage. Massage has endless benefits for these athletes!

I did some research, found a school in Fallbrook, CA and registered to become a Certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist. After completing my courses in massage, saddle fitting, and stretching, I began my practice back home in Arizona. I have also gone on to get certified in Kinesiology Taping for horses and I am in the process of completing my certification for Neuro-Myofascial Release.

I love that I have found a niche with working with horses in such a positive and rewarding field, and am forever thankful to my blue boy for leading me here!

Has it been a smooth road?
Fortunately I have had great success in my line of work! Other than the occasional unruly horse I can’t say I have any complaints!

Getting to this point has been a lot of work as I do own a trucking business with my husband, and together we have four children ranging in age from 2-11, but with hard work and daily dedication I’ve knocked one goal after another off of my list this year!

So, as you know, we’re impressed with FullStride Equine Massage – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I am certified in equine sports massage, Kinesiology taping, and soon to be certified in Neuro-Myofscial Release.

I offer a few different modalities that I have carefully selected to add into my practice to provide the best whole horse care I can. I will list below what these services are and how they benefit these animals:

Sports massage-
Helps prevent injury, improves circulation, rids muscle of waste and lactic acid, increases range of motion, reduces stress and improves disposition.

BEMER Therapy Blanket-
Increases circulation in small blood vessels, improves the function of the parasympathetic nervous system to promote a calmer more focused disposition, aids in injury recovery. Continues to work 10-11 hours after application.

•Equi_Resp breathing treatment-
Aids in relief from seasonal allergies, dry cough, and general dry climate discomforts.

•ICE-VIBE leg boots-
Help to boost circulation in horse’s legs by creating a massage effect. They combine the effects off cooling and massage therapy to effectively help strains, ligament and tendon damage. The massage effect helps to stimulate the lymph system to remove soreness and swelling as well as improving circulation.

•Stretching sequence-
After a thorough warm up the stretch sequence is a full body stretch for horses, aids pain/ soreness, restores range of motion, helps to prevent injury

RockTape is a Kinesiology tape specially designed just for horses! Taping can aid in pain relief, swelling, bruising, and support areas that are in need of it.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love our community, especially the horse community! Everyone is always willing to lend a hand and I can count on total strangers treating me, or anyone else, as family always!

I sure wish that some of the building would stop and we could keep the beautiful farm land, what’s left of it.

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