My appy gelding has a lot of muscle tightness and a few knots in his neck. I had a massage therapist come out back in November(she said he was the tightest horse she ever worked on) but he is very skiddish with new people(and even not so new people) and she wasn't able to work on him very well, she basically couldn't work past his shoulder and if she worked too aggressively on a knot he would throw his head up and rear a little. I've been working on his neck nearly everyday for the last few weeks and his muscles seem to have loosened a bit but I'm having trouble working out all the knots, it's clearly uncomfortable for him but aside from the occasional nipping at my hand holding his halter he does pretty good for me. I do plan on having the MT out for him again but I would like to work on getting the worst parts worked out so she is able to work on him with less trouble. I think it may help if I work on the knot with two hands but I like to have one hand on his halter so I won't be caught off guard if he tries to nip. I've gone as far back as his withers, I believe he has some soreness there as well with the amount of twitching he does when I touch there.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to most effectively work out the knots? I also worry about when the MT comes out again because he will kick if she is in range and working on a knot, he's less likely to kick me but I still watch him very closely when I'm massaging a knot.