About New Wave Therapy
New Wave Therapy (NWT) focuses primarily on the emotional well-being of the horse. What we set out to do is explain that our sessions are centered on stress and how it affects the horse ’s mental state. NWT explains that stress can come from many different situations and from many different places as well. We have different protocols that we use, as needed, which include; Low Level Light Technology, Trigger Point Protocols, Celtic Meadow Essential Oil Blends Protocol, and Equine Stone Therapy. Our entire program is centered on the Stanford University anthropologist Richard Sorensen’s concept of “sociosensual awareness” which relates to how people and animals can sometimes feel victimized by others’ emotions.
The NWT session initially concentrates upon “Trigger Point Therapy” which is a protocol that allows us to locate specific points that are known as “trigger points” that are embedded within the muscle fibers. Once located, these points could, or could not be tender to any form of touch.
When these trigger points are activated and held for six or more seconds any acute pain, that may be present, seems to melt into a specific and reproducible map of pain. What is consistent is that they are tender to pressure when they are initially touched and the horse can wince from the pain creating what is referred to as the “jump sign". Trigger points have the tendency to hold in stress-related tension that cannot be released by the horse and will often need a guiding hand to help them release that tension.
Once that we locate specific “trigger points” we then incorporate the use of “Low Level Light Technology” which creates a dramatic improvement in blood flow that then produces “Nitric Oxide” which is a short-lived gas that is critical to the health of the arteries. Nitric Oxide is the body’s natural vasodilator that then sends powerful signaling molecules that help to relax the arteries, regulates blood pressure, fights free radicals, and discourages platelets from grouping together in blood vessels. It is the increased production of Nitric Oxide along with the improved circulation that supports the healing process and pain relief.
Having been certified in Essential Oils and the blending of them has led to the creation of our own proprietary Essential Oil blends marketed under our own label of “Celtic Meadows”. The creation of these seven Essential Oils blends allows us to provide specific Essential Oil blends that are blended for use with horses and are safe for either inhalation or topical use. It is at this point early in the overall protocol that NWT will allow the horse to a select one of our proprietary Essential Oil blends in order to let them choose the blend that is right for their needs at the time. Having a total of seven proprietary blends available that were specifically designed and created for the needs of the horse we have allowed ourselves to start to realize the area of most need and gives us a specific path to follow. Doing this at this time allows for the horse to start a much more relaxed and beneficial session, thus allowing for the greatest response during the entire protocol.
Once having completed the Trigger Point Therapy we then integrate the use of “Equine Stone Therapy” which continues to use specific moves throughout the horse’s entire body, be they acupressure points, trigger points, or even sites of common injuries. Equine Stone Therapy is another protocol that can be effectively integrated with Trigger Point Therapy and the therapeutic benefits of this specific therapy effects the horse at many different levels, including: myofascial (muscles, tendons, and ligaments), neurological (stimulating nerve ends within the belly of the muscle, tendon, or ligament), and emotional relaxation. This protocol is one that has been designed to effectively reduce and eliminate muscular lesions in the horse.
Some of the certified protocols that NWT presently use were originally created for use with humans and NWT has taken those same protocols and converted them for our use with horses to obtain the same positive results that are being achieved with humans. In fact, we at NWT have been told that we are the only certified therapy practitioners using them on horses; and these are the one that we use on a daily basis.
Once that the NWT session has been completed we recommend doing some physical exercises or even riding for at least 20 minutes right after the session which will help to continue to improve the changes that were made during the NWT session.
We do not recommend that once the NWT session has been completed that you put your horse back into a contained stall until the next day; in doing so will not allow the horse to receive the full benefit of the session that had been completed.
Bob Burdekin, AES, CHHP Co-Founder of New Wave Therapy
Bob Burdekin has spent most of his life within the horse industry; Bob’s family raised, trained, and has shown the Arabian horse for over 30 years. In 1973, after serving in the USAF, Bob went back to the family ranch and went onto the University of Montana, Bozeman campus to study under Scott Simpson to learn the art and science of the farrier trade.
In his late twenties, Bob started to realize that he was not able to maximize the potential that was contained within each horse. It was at this time that he started searching and worked with many mentors within the shoeing and training worlds, hoping to find and release that potential. Even though many techniques were learned and integrated into the overall program, it was still not enough, Bob still felt that there was more that could be accomplished.
In 2002, Bob started to look to Alternative Protocols and became a Reiki Master/Teacher and a CHOIS® Master/Teacher, those along with other educational requirements allowed Bob to become Board Certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners in 2010 as a Holistic Health Practitioner. The learning of these specific protocols contained with his board certification then allowed him to convert them for use on horses. Also, in 2010, Bob went back to college and complete his Associate Degree in Equine Science.
Even with all of this research, study, and certification, Bob knew that many of his questions had been answered, but not all of them. In 2014, Bob’s research into the use of Low Level Light Technology as it related to the horse which eventually leads to his mastering and certification in that specific protocol. Knowing that he was on the right track for finding answers that he had been searching for Bob also realized that there was still something else missing. With the need to know Bob carried on his research and studies and finally came upon the “Equine Trigger Point” Protocol (certified in 2018) that finally gave Bob the feeling that he was at the end of his very long search. Once Bob started to intergrade all of the protocols that he had acquired he was finding extremely positive results on each and every horse that Bob was able to work with. This how Bob created the method of “Inviting Change Rather Than Forcing It”.
The foremost point that Bob learned throughout his entire life of working with horses has always been “Horses don’t lie, it either works or it does not; they have no concept of the placebo effect”.
Bob Burdekin, AES, CHHP
Co-Founder of New Wave Therapy