Massage Therapy does not replace veternary care.
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Equissage is the oldest and leading trainer of animal massage therapists in the world. Since 1991, Equissage has graduated more than 10,000 Equine and Companion Animal Massage technicians, from every state and 19 different countries around the world.
Our instructors are trained professionals under the leadership of Mary Schreiber who developed the first such certificate program in equine sports massage therapy. Equissage does not "certify" its graduates to teach their own programs. Only instructors "Certified by Equissage" and Mary Schreiber are allowed to administer the Equissage curriculum.
Corinne Bowie started riding over 40 years ago in many different disciplines. It didn't take long for her to notice just how much massage could help our equine friends as she spent many an hour doing just so. Time went on and her love for helping and her love of horses and anatomy lead her to massage school for humans.
Soon after, she had the great privilege of learning from Jack Meagher (pronounced Marr), "Father of Sports Massage" and author of "Beating Muscle Injuries for Horses". Since 1986 she has been very busy massaging equines and humans and has been teaching classes in both. Her schooling has gone beyond sports massage (although that being her favorite) and she loves to share her knowledge with any one who will listen. Corinne is a graduate from Equissage and is now a certified Equissage Instructor.
WHY WE ARE SO PROUD OF OUR PROGRAM!
We do more than just learn a massage sequence for the equine. We have a simple but progressive way to learn and understand the muscles.
First, we use a very popular anatomy coloring book which we use each day. Then we paint the muscles on a horse, and then do our sequence over the painted equine. It all comes together very nicely. The feedback has been fantastic.
Let's not forget the skeletal system. We have on the promises an actual skeleton of a horse. This comes in very handy in getting a firm grip on the relationship between muscle and bone.
We take an in-depth look at the whys. We help the student to reason as to why a particular muscle or muscles may need extra attention and then how to address this.
Our guest speakers help us to understand the importance the outside environment plays into a horses' muscular problems.
We finish the week with some additional massage techniques and alternative therapies for when Sports Massage may not be indicated.
Equissage is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) for 50 hours of continuing education.