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Balanced Energy Massage


Servicing the western North Carolina areas of

Cashiers, Sapphire, Lake Toxaway, Highlands, Glenville and Brevard


Balancing the mind, body, and soul through holistic

Therapeutic Massage, Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release, CranioSacral & Reiki.





Equine Myofascial Release (MFR) & Equissage Massage Therapy


Equine Myofascial Release (MFR) and Equissage Massage Therapy for horses of all disciplines from performance horses to trail horses.
Why should you choose Equine Myofascial Release (MFR) and massage therapy for your horse? Because your horse deserves the best care. If your horse is experiencing behavioral issues or decreased performance due to tight muscles or muscle spasms, massage therapy can help create a more well-balanced horse mentally, emotionally, and physically. Muscle fatigue and/or spasms can affect horses in ways similar to humans. Muscle fibers become strained and can spasm from over extension or usage. When muscle fibers are held together, it causes a spasm which decreases motion and causes discomfort. If a spasm is not broken up, it can continue to gather more fibers to itself and may increase in size and intensity of pain.

Equine Myofascial Release and massage can play a role in strengthening your equine athlete's muscles. In order to strengthen, muscles must be able to contract and release completely; and for this to happen properly, those muscles need to be loose. Tight muscles are unable to release fully. Consequently, a tight muscle is a weak muscle. Massage enables a muscle to strengthen by keeping it loose.  Given the complexity of their movement and their musculo/skeletal construction, horses have much to gain from massage therapy. Horses are athletes and, like us, can develop sore muscles, stiff joints, and restricted range of motion. If massage is practiced on a regular basis it can help alleviate these symptoms and, more importantly, help prevent injury.

Some of the important benefits of a regular consistent massage program
bulletMaintains the entire body in better physical condition
bulletBoosts athletic performance and endurance
bulletImproves circulation and, as a result, promotes more rapid healing
bulletStimulates circulation in the lymphatic system and hastens the elimination of waste products
bulletLengthens connective tissue and so breaks down/prevents the formation of adhesions
bulletEnhances muscle tone and increases range of motion
bulletEases muscle spasms
bulletExtends both the good health and the overall life of the animal's athletic career

Equine Myofascial Release (MFR) and massage therapy can help alleviate muscle fatigue and spasms thus reducing your horse’s risk of pulling or tearing muscles. It can help your horse be more relaxed by relieving tension and reducing the risk of over using other muscles that compensate for any discomfort. Equine Myofascial Release (MFR) and massage therapy can also help improve circulation and reduce inflammation in joints and muscles while allowing them to move more freely.

Fascia is a three dimensional web that surrounds every bone, muscle, nerve, organ, and vessel down to the cellular level from head to foot or, head to hoof. It is comprised of elastin, collagen and a fluid ground substance. Restrictions can develop in fascia from trauma, poor posture and repetitive training. These restrictions can create pain, swelling, misalignments, poor muscular bio-mechanics, decreased range of motion, decreased strength and lameness. Fascia looses it's pliability, collagen becomes dense and fibrous and the ground substance can solidify. Standard tests will not show a fascial restriction.      

Equine Myofascial Release (MFR) is a hands on, whole body manual therapy technique addressing the fascial system. MFR is used to elongate the fascial tissue with a 90-120 second gentle pressure into the restriction or tissue barrier. After releasing through several barriers the tissue will become soft and pliable. The pressure will be taken off pain sensitive areas and motion restored.      

Myofascial Release differs from massage and chiropractic manipulation. MFR applies sustained pressure into the fascial system and has effects on the elastin, collagen and ground substance. Soft tissue restrictions that alter bony alignment are addressed and osseous releases are performed slowly without manipulation. .

How do I know if my horse needs massage therapy?

If your horse has any of the following symptoms:

bulletHead tossing
bulletRefusal to pick-up correct lead
bulletUnexplained lameness
bulletDifficulty with lateral movements
bulletGirthing or "cold back" problems
bulletLack of forward impulsion

How do I know if my horse is benefiting?
You should see and/or feel improvement in your horse's flexibility and movement after the session.  Performance and overall disposition should also improve.

Contact Nancy Caponi for questions or to schedule a session for your animal at your barn or house.
Office:  828-862-8912
Cell: 214-668-5620


Equine and Canine massage therapy is not a substitute for veterinary care.  It should be used in conjunction with veterinary care to help keep your animal in optimum shape.




Why Canine Therapy?


• Sports and other injuries
• Surgery Trauma
• Kennel & Other Boarding
• Illnesses
• Aging & Nearing the end of life

All of these cause pain, stress, sleeplessness, lack of appetite, and fatigue with these life events.

Canine Equissage massage and/or Reiki can help relieve your pet’s distress. It is a gentle and non-invasive therapy that improves muscle function and circulation and provides rejuvenating affects and benefits for many of the body’s systems.

After initially meeting with you, your pet, and your vet, Nancy designs a personalized therapy program based on your pet’s specific needs and circumstances. She approaches each animal’s session with an open mind to create a massage regime for the whole body and applies the appropriate type of massage or technique.
For types of therapies and their benefits, see Services.

Contact Nancy Caponi for questions or to schedule a session for your animal at your barn or house.
Office: 828-
Cell: 214-668-5620

Equine and Canine massage therapy is not a substitute for veterinary care.  It should be used in conjunction with veterinary care to help keep your animal in optimum shape.




Animal Massage Services:


Equissage Animal Massage:
A general body massage is for relaxation and relief of tension and stress.  This style of massage incorporates  soothing strokes and kneading of the muscles to increase your animal's circulation and relieve overall stiffness.  It will soothe their spirit, relax their muscles and give them a sense of balance and well being. 

30 minutes - $40.00
60 minutes - $70.00

Myofascial Release:
Myofascial Release is a very effective hands-on technique that provides sustained pressure into Myofascial restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion (especially from injuries and after surgery).  This technique can be very relaxing when applied properly, and is often used in treating clients with limited range-of-motion or chronic pain.  Fascia is a densely woven covering and surrounds every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein as well as all of the internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord.  The most interesting aspect of the fascial system is that it is not just a system of separate coverings.  It is actually one structure that exists from head to foot without interruption.  In the normal healthy state, the fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration.  It has the ability to stretch and move without restriction.  Trauma, such as a fall, accident, surgery or just habitual poor posture over time and repetitive stress injuries may cause the fascial system to exert excessive pressure in the body producing pain and/or restriction of motion.  Myofascial Release therapy is great for horses and humans.

30 minutes - $50.00
60 minutes - $80.00
90 minutes - $110.00 - (allows more time for problem issues)

Reiki Therapy:
(Pronounced ray-key)  An ancient Japanese method of touch therapy that helps release blockages within the body.  Reiki helps to bring about deep relaxation and healing on the physical, emotional, and mental levels.  Reiki is commonly used to treat emotional and mental stress as well as quicken recovery from illnesses and/or injuries.  (Best used in multiple sessions when dealing with an illness or injury.) 

30 minutes - $50.00
60 minutes - $80.00
90 minutes - $110.00

Reiki Classes are available (all levels).  Please contact Nancy to enroll.

Reiki I (1st degree) Workshop:   $200.00   (Reiki Workshops are taught in Lake Toxaway, NC: Call 214-668-5620 to enroll)
Reiki II (2nd degree) Workshop:  $250.00 

North Carolina Animal Massage provides therapeutic services to clients in the western regions of North Carolina.   Founded in 2013 by Animal Therapist, Nancy Caponi, this organization promotes wellness and comfort for animals of all types, ages and uses.  Nancy has always held a special place in her heart for these amazing creatures that have so much to offer.  She is also a Certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist having studied under the North Carolina Equissage program.




Gift Certificates are available for all services and make a wonderful gift for birthdays, Anniversaries, the Holidays, or "Just Because" for that someone special in your life.



Balanced Energy Massage Locations in the western North Carolina Area:

Cashiers, NC - Cashiers Chiropractic & Acupuncture, 130 US-64 E, 2nd Floor, Cashiers, NC 28717 (Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays only) - please call (828) 743-9070 to schedule here

Lake Toxaway, NC - Call 214-668-5620 for directions


Animal Outcalls are also available to the areas of

Cashiers, Sapphire, Lake Toxaway, Highlands, Glenville, Cullowhee, Sylva, Franklin and Brevard - Please add a $30 per visit Service Fee



Nancy M. Caponi

Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist (NC #13620)

Certified Neuromuscular Therapist (NMT)

Certified Orthopedic Massage Therapist (OMT)

Certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist (ESMT)


What is Therapeutic Massage?    What is Myofascial Release?  What is Reiki?  What is CranioSacral?   What is Neuromuscular Therapy?