Lord Dubai is feeling good after today's massage 😌
Since its inception in 1991, Equissage has become the longest running certification program, the most widely recognized program and the leader in Animal Massage Certification in the United States.
Equissage is the oldest and leading trainer of animal massage therapists in the world. Since 1991, Equissage has graduated more than 20,000 Equine & Canine Massage Therapists, from every state in the US and 20 countries around the world. Our on site programs (listed below) are held at our facility in Virginia. Equine Certification Program 5 day course (Monday-Friday) Dual Certification Program (Equine/Canine) 5 day course (Monday-Friday) We also offer Home Study Programs for Equine an/or Canine Massage Therapy Certification. Please visit our website for more information: www.equissage.com
Mission: To ensure that our students are receiving the most thorough, complete curriculum available. Firmly hold to the offering of our curriculum both at our facility and through the homestudy courses at a reasonable and fair cost. In doing so, we will make the therapy more accessible to those wanting to pursue a career as a Certified Equine or Canine Massage Therapist.
Lord Dubai is feeling good after today's massage 😌
“Massage Brings Out the Best”
Yesterday I was asked to massage a pregnant mare. They said she was not a personable horse, hated to be brushed, and was more witchy since she’d been bred. They said she was a pleasure to ride, but not to work with. However, about three minutes into the massage, she was licking and chewing, her head was hanging there and her ears were forward.
The owner came into the barn halfway through the massage and Kiddo knickered to her. She said she never does that! Afterwards, during the walkout, she was very happy. The owner said “you’re a miracle worker!”. That was great to hear. It really gave me confidence and I was so pleased that I could make that horse feel so good!
Mama wanted to know why I couldn’t sit still just like the other dogs when I was at the groomer.
Photo Credit-Blue Mist Pet Grooming
Nature | PBS
Horses have more emotional awareness than you think.
We are having a great week so far with these students at Equissage, not to mention the weather is warming up! 😁🌤
Hay look, it's Cheesy and Opi 🐴🌾
Congratulations to our February graduates of the Home Study program! 🥳🤩
Ariana K., CA, Equine
Mikaela S., TX, Canine
Stacey R., NY, Canine,
Ashton B., AL, Equine
Rebecca G., OK, Canine
Amy S., WI, Canine
Laura A., IA, Equine
Finally, after all these years
I always wondered what I wanted to be when I grew up, and it took me to age 60 to find out. I went from college student, to professional baseball player, to U.S Steel management for 33 years and I still wondered. Finally I found Equissage, I found what I love to do, and its massage. Shortly after certification, I developed my brochures, cards, and fliers and started distributing them. To date I have massage over 35 different horses for a total of more than 100 massages due to call backs. Most are a pleasure barns and some at the race track. All horses have improved their performances. Most of the race horses have set their lifetime marks after massage. Business is growing and I love it. Thank you for everything, you have changed my life. You are a special person.
Mama and I were playing hide and seek and when I found her I jumped up on her because I was so happy to find her. That’s when I got into a little trouble.
I don’t know what to do with the rest of my life.
Exactly thirty years ago I set out to massage every horse in the world, confidently taking on a new assignment in my life. Of course I believed anything was possible even though it was unheard of at the time. Many years later, it is still an honor to keep meeting like minded people through our programs, which we began in 1991. Little did I think back then that people would actually pay me to do something I loved so much..and I still do. Even though there have been many sacrifices and challenges along the way, I know this work has kept me strong both physically and emotionally. It just has.
Our students can relate to these daily comments, starting with Friday: Excited, new skill. Thursday: I can do this, angels were there, Wednesday: started clicking. Tuesday: Taking shape. Monday: A little overwhelmed.
If you have a desire to do something wonderful for yourself and the animals, please visit our website Equissage.com
To fulfill the promise that every horse and dog will be massaged because of our trained massage therapists. To ensure that our students are receiving the most thorough, complete curriculum available....
Our next available classes are the weeks of April 8th and April 22nd. Start off spring right by coming to Equissage 🐴
#ThrowbackThursday to when a lion showed up at Equissage... 🦁 (We kind of miss him)
"I just wanted to thank you for all you taught me the week I spent at your lovely farm. Such good memories and stories came from it. Equine Massage has changed my life. As of late, I've been using my training at our local Harness Racing Track and it's been a really unique experience! This past week one of my clients had a big win with a horse I've been working on after many months of set backs. It was very encouraging for his trainer and myself! What you're doing has made and huge impact on so many more than you know. The words "thank you" cannot describe my gratitude."
“Mama said it looked like I was having a staring contest with Violet.”
You just know when you meet your kindred spirit 🐴❤️️
Celebratory selfies! 📸 ( They all passed 🎉)
Your Course Made Such a Difference
"Since I have returned from your program I have had a wonderful experience with reconnecting with the hoses in my barn. Your course was exactly what I was looking for personally and spiritually. It has been amazing to me the number of people that I have talked to about massage. Vets, horse people, friends, and loved ones are all very interested in what I am doing.
Upon returning from your class my life has turned around and I haven’t even seen but the tip of the iceberg. It was like everything fell in place at once, my motivation was back, and my confidence was high again, I was back enjoying my life. It is amazing to me that people and influences that enter my life for small periods of time impact me so greatly. That person of course was you [Mary] this time, you gave me this skill and reunited me with passion that brightened everything up. I am grateful and I will practice this skill you have taught me to the absolute best of my ability. I am happy and very proud to have been introduced to your therapy."
Cheesy wants you to know that our March 11th class has one spot left, so sign up soon! He wants to make to make lots of new friends and get lots of massages 😉🐴
Why the long face, Mary?
“They said if I waited patiently, I’d get a massage too!” -Sailor
#ThrowbackThursday ➡️ with Isaiah and two of our 2000 classes
A Very Grateful Owner
In June of this year, my 11-year-old retriever-mix dog, Kip, had surgery to repair torn ligaments in her right knee. Given that she was already severely arthritic, we were given a guarded prognosis for her to heal well. We were warned that there was the strong possibility that the extra weight/ pressure placed on her left leg during the healing of the right leg could lead to its damage also. We were told that the healing process would take 3-6 months, possibly longer. We were deeply saddened by the prospect that this injury may be signaling the “beginning of the end” for this sweet animal. She was in terrible pain. I have arthritis and have experienced the benefits of a good massage and I was hopeful that the same would be true for Kip.
An Equissage-certified canine massage therapist came to the house when Kip was just 5 weeks post-op. The first massage lasted only twenty minutes as that was all Kip could tolerate. The therapist was very sensitive and gentle. Kip had massages from her at weeks six and seven post-op. Following the massage at week seven, I could not keep the silly old dog from chasing squirrels in the backyard! Her progress was phenomenal! We continue the massages every 3-4 weeks. Kip will always have arthritis and, thanks to the therapist’s excellent work and care, will always be chasing squirrels.
I recommend your student’s skills to anyone for the ongoing health and happiness of the animals they love.
Our two great students getting to know each other on Monday morning!👋
“The Puppy isn’t here anymore but I told Mama that I would always be with her. That’s when she really started to cry. Then I said that God would use our brokenness to help others along the way.”
Sailor tells us that he loves the cold weather and all, but he’s missing warm times like this! ☀️
Our own little winter wonderland!
A New Appreciation
“Through your class, I gained an appreciation and insight to the spirit and individuality of the horse. You taught more than massage, but you know that I am sure. My first horse has taught me so much, he has been ill since I got him and we are finally now on the right track. He foundered 3 times and we suspected Cushings and finally put him on Pergolide with dramatic results. His insulin was so high and it is now under control. Between massage, hand walking, diet change and patience I was able to get on him for the first time in a year. It was such a joy. Because of his illness I was able to understand help clients’ horses.
So much has evolved from your class and I say thank you.”
“Mama asked me if I knew what the Lone Star State is. I figured she was going to Texas but now I’m looking for a place to stay. Maybe Blue Mist Pet Groomers will let me in.”
Another funny Friday post 🐶
#Throwback to warmer times... who is ready for summer? ☀️ (We know these guys are)
“Squeaky was born in a quarter horse facility and was a western pleasure horse for a number of years before she became a hunter. We are her third owner and when we bought her, we were informed that she could not be inside a barn or even under an overhang due to “issues” that she had from her past careers. Bad past experiences, we were told. We also noticed that Squeaky would quite often have wind puffs and be stiff for the first 20 minutes under saddle.
I’ve massaged Squeaky approximately five or six times in the past four months, and we haven’t seen a wind puff since her first massage. She now moves out right away under saddle and will happily cross tie and even ground ties in the barn. People will remark to me all the time how “chill” she is.”
- Marilyn M.
Karen M. took our class in December of 2018, and is now sharing massage with various clients from her home in Germany! We know you will do great things, Karen ⭐️
“So I felt like barking at the moon the other night. My Dad would be proud of me because I take good care of Mama.”
This couple had just gotten married when they both lost a leg in the Boston Marathon bombing. They thought they’d never be OK again — then a dog named Rescue stepped in and gave them their lives back 🐶❤️️
The best source of warmth for a cold day 💙
Today Annie had fun seeing her old friend Opie in the snow! 🐎🥰
There are 2 openings left for our class during the week of February 25th! Visit our website for more information.
A Message From Melody💜.
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Some testimonials from last week’s class: “This week has been the first steps of amazing self discovery.” “We are a product of your legacy.” “You opened your heart and your home, allowing us to draw from your experiences.” “The story isn’t over.”
Melody Rose Tucker🌹
“Mama showed me this picture of Bosie. He’s not here any more. I wish I could play in the snow with him.”
They are always needing attention 😂
The kind dog...
Richard and Kelli G. graduated from Equissage in 2018, and are now successfully massaging racehorses in Florida. Here they are having with fun with two of their clients!
"I have been practicing Equissage massage on my riding instructor’s horse, Ella. Earlier this year, Ella was suffering from lameness.
I did my first session with Ella, noticing all of her tight muscle areas, as well as the incessant yawning and lowering of the head. When my friend rode Ella lightly the next day, she noticed a slight improvement in Ella’s strides and gaits.
As the massage sessions continued, Ella’s lameness entirely diminished, and she now receives consistent massages each week.
Thank you to Equissage for the amazing, positive outcome! You have not only made Ella better and her owner elated and relieved, but you have also made me a happy and grateful equine sports massage therapist!"
- Abbie L. 🐎
When it gets too cold to venture out to the barn, Nicholas "The Year-Round Horse" is always there to save the day. 🦸♂️
“There was a show on TV about horses. They were all running so I started barking and muttering. I had to stay there until it was over just to be sure our horses didn’t come in my house. Mama said I was a distraction.”
Round Hill, VA
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