After receiving emails and phone calls from people who are interested in becoming an Equine massage therapists I thought an article on this topic would be helpful. This article focuses on the insights of being an Equine massage therapist. I am writing this article to bring out the realities and to clear up any myths associated with being a therapist. I hope you will benefit from reading this article and hopefully you are encouraged to continue considering becoming an animal massage therapist.
Massage therapy sounds relaxing, doesn’t it? It is actually quite physical and dangerous for the therapist. The therapist’s job is to soften muscles and help encourage health improvement. Therapists use a variety of techniques and assume a variety of positions during the session; this can be demanding on the body. Equine massage therapists also need to deal with a variety of horses, behaviors, and weather conditions. This is not an easy task.
It is easier as a practitioner to have years of experience with handling horses before considering becoming a practitioner of some sort. Horses can bite, kick, stamp, or other reactions to discomfort which puts the therapist in a dangerous position. If one is not comfortable with massaging big animal’s small animal is the way to go. While small animals can bite and scratch, which is dangerous, the therapist may have more experience with smaller animals or stay in better control of the situation.
Massage therapists tend to charge a high rate due to risks, travel, and the physical work that goes along with Equine massage therapy. It is the job of an Equine massage therapist to massage the horse, assess ways to improve the condition of the horse’s muscles, and be truthful with the client’s owner when discussing matters relating to the massage therapy. If you have any questions about becoming an Equine massage therapist, or want to know more about the therapy please feel free to contact me. I am more than happy to assist in your understanding of the art of massage therapy.