Equine Massage Course, 31st October - 1 November 2020 - No courses planned for 2021
This weekend course is designed to teach the basic principles of Equine Massage so you can massage your own horses or friends and families horses. The techniques taught are very simple and effective which are massage techniques, pressure release and mobilisation of the spine.
No prior massage experience is needed, just a love of helping horses.
Venue Address: Clifton Equestrian: Located at 154 Muriwai Valley Road, Waimauku, Auckland. Large undercover barn with 8 stables, small paddocks and arena with parking for trucks and floats. Toilet, microwave, and fridge.
Course Times: 9.00am - 4.30pm on Saturday and Sunday. Morning and afternoon tea will be provided.
Course Cost: $450.00 for the weekend and a $100.00 deposit to secure a place. To reserve a space please book through the product page shopping cart.
Course Deposit: To secure a place a deposit is required. Deposits are no-refundable if cancellation is 24 hours prior to the start of the course. If more notice of cancellation is given you are able to transfer your deposit to another course date.
Can I bring a Horse for the Day? You can bring a horse for the day at no charge. Please confirm with Rachel via email or text if you are bringing one.
Do I need to bring a Horse for the Course? Its not necessary to bring a horse especially if you are travelling. Horses will be provided.
Can I stay overnight at the venue with my horse? Yes you are welcome to stay overnight. Their is undercover stables or small paddocks for $20 per night.
Will I receive an Attendance Certificate at the end of the course? Yes everyone that completes the course will receive a Certificate.
Every horse suffers from some degree of muscular pain and stress. Not all of us are aware of this or have the specific training to determine between the horse playing up and whether they are in pain. It can be frustrating at times when somethings wrong and you have to wait days or weeks for the therapist to come and treat your horse. With a few skills learnt on the course you will be able to help your own horse and others.
This is a very practical course. Each day will start with a theory session and after morning tea practical sessions in the stable block. Everyone will work in pairs for the massage practice. Rachel will demonstrate the different massage strokes and techniques one step at a time. Each pair practicing will practice and Rachel will spend one on one time with each person.
- Benefits of massage therapy.
- Treating a horse safely.
- Anatomy of spine and limbs.
- Palpation assessment, identifying and feeling tight spots, recognising atrophy of muscles and muscle spasms.
- Bony Land Mark palpation finding the feeling the bones and drawing them on the horse with chalk.
- When not to massage a horse.
- Understanding the horse's facial expressions and body language.
- Understand visual signs of relief and discomfort when working on the horse.
- Massage of the hindquarter muscles and back muscles.
- Understand basic movements of the back and how it functions
- Back lifting and strengthening exercises.
- How to identify muscle soreness, and muscle imbalances.
- We will discuss how the horse compensates and builds muscles in the wrong places.
- What order to massage muscles so they release effectively.
- Massage zones and areas to massage.
- Massage of the internal obliques, ribs, back and withers.
- Back problems and kissing spine.
- Some of the things that cause muscular problems.
- When a horse may have a problem.
- Massage of the neck, chest and shoulders.
- How nutrition and supplements relate to health and wellbeing of your horse.
A 70 page course manual will be provided in colour which includes
- Full list of muscles and their functions.
- Anatomy pictures.
- Pictures of massage strokes and directions.
- All theory content contained in the course.