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We decided it was time to offer our unique Equinology guide to equine massage bodywork for horseowners and trainers. Even if you plan to only work on your own horse, it is important for you to learn how to do it properly from experienced instructors. Please note this is not a certification course and will not give you a qualification to practice professionally. Visit the EQ100, EQ101 and EQ102 courses for information on the Equinology Equine Body Worker certification courses.
To ensure that you receive the personalized instruction that you deserve, only approved instructors will lead these 3-day workshops. This Equine Massage and Body Work Course will offer our unique blend of equine sports massage, soft tissue release and stretching. The class is presented with loads of hands-on practical experience, specimens and multimedia illustrations and video clips. You will also receive a course manual to support the techniques demonstrated. Students attending this course who decide to continue on to the Equinology Equine Body Worker Certification Course will receive a discount of $100 upon registration for the certification course which is valid for one year.
While this course is billed as an Introduction Equine Massage and Bodywork course you will find that it offers more information than many basic massage workshops. This course is appropriate for a variety of individuals. For those considering working professionally in the field of equine body work, it provides an in-depth overview as to what is really involved. Although the course is not required to participate in our Equinology Equine Body Worker Certification courses, it will prove beneficial head start to those participants who plan to continue onto the certification course. Horse owners will benefit not only by learning the techniques but will also learn how to utilize bodywork as a regular assessment of their horse's condition. Trainers will find that these techniques will help horses in their care especially as these horses advance in their training. Saddle fitters will be able to release some of the restrictions that alter the horse's posture, prior to fitting a different saddle. Overall, the horse is the winner with improved health care, performance, comfort and communication with his care giver.
Learning the techniques properly is not the only important aspect of equine massage. Body mechanics need to be considered for effective bodywork. It does not do an individual any good if they learn to massage but then find they cannot continue because it is uncomfortable or painful to apply the techniques. Some applications have to be adapted to accommodate individuals. Correct body mechanics and safe bodywork techniques are strongly emphasized throughout the Equinology program.
Locating the surface anatomy
Muscles addressed during the session
Common areas of stress
Encouraging communication and interaction during the session
Differentiating between normal and pain responses
Massage and body work techniques
Correct and effective body mechanics
Improving your eye for gait and conformation assessment
Debranne Pattillo , Master Equinology® Equine Body Worker, Course author
Nicole Rombach, Master Equinology®Equine Body Worker, Canine Body Worker, MSc, APM
Ruth Mitchell Golladay, Equinology® Equine Body Worker, Licensed Physical Therapist
Dr. Mila Speciani, Veterinarian, Equinology® Equine Body Worker
Megan Kanz, Master Equinology® Equine Body Worker
Tina Watkins, Equinology® Equine Body Worker, Equine Sports Therapist
Sarah Linton, Equinology® Equine Body Worker
8:30am-4pm with 1/2 hour for lunch.
$595. Course price includes manual, DVD clips and class supplies. Some locations may offer early bird discounts.
Must be comfortable working around horses and picking up the limbs.
Suggestions for prior and/or further studies:
Although not required for this particular course, individuals may find the Equinology EQ50: Online Equine Anatomy Course Distance Study helpful. The EQ50 course is the required precourse study for our Equinology Equine Body Worker Certification Courses. Course details can be found at: http://www.equinology.com/info/course.asp?courseid=73
Equinology is approved by the
National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. 14 CE hours are awarded for this course to NCBTMB members (United States of America)
If you would like to host this course in your area please contact the Equinology office so we can forward relevant information to the location organizer.