Equissage

Equissage 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.

#sundayswithsailor“Like this is my third trainer, but Mama thinks that three’s a charm and someday I’ll be more or...
05/12/2019

#sundayswithsailor

“Like this is my third trainer, but Mama thinks that three’s a charm and someday I’ll be more organized.”

Sailor🐾❤️🐾
Credit: Daniel McLaughlin of Loudoun K9

05/12/2019

“I have been a massage therapist since 1997 and was certified in Canine Massage in 2011.
Most of my work was on people with some dog massage. But in 2018, I decided to retire from people and only do dogs & cats.
It was the best decision of my life. Three days a week, I work at State Line Animal Hospital, where I interned as part of my training in 2011.
Working with animals has been my most rewarding work. Because animals have no filters or agendas, the lines of communication are direct. They give me space to be more intuitive and expand my skills. They teach me unconditional love, the foundation for healing, making me much better at my job. They let me know what works and what does not. It is a high caliber exchange of energy. These are the reasons I love what I do and am grateful for my certification that guided my skills in this direction. Thank you Equissage.”
-E.J
#successstory

Such a nice group of people, and they all did a wonderful job this week! 😁 #fridayfun
05/11/2019

Such a nice group of people, and they all did a wonderful job this week! 😁 #fridayfun

Katie loves all the massages she gets at Equissage! What would make her even happier is if you signed up for one of our ...
05/10/2019

Katie loves all the massages she gets at Equissage! What would make her even happier is if you signed up for one of our summer classes so she can continue her relaxation 😉😌
www.equissage.com

“Hay you! You know I don’t like my picture being taken!” -Brave Name, the camera shy horse
05/09/2019

“Hay you! You know I don’t like my picture being taken!”
-Brave Name, the camera shy horse

Kicking off May with this wonderful group! 🐎
05/08/2019

Kicking off May with this wonderful group! 🐎

#sundayswithsailorI’m not that crazy about the haircut or color. I’ve heard Mama say the same thing when she finally...
05/05/2019

#sundayswithsailor

I’m not that crazy about the haircut or color. I’ve heard Mama say the same thing when she finally comes home from the hair salon.

Sailor🐾❤️🐾

History was made today. Comment if you caught the race⬇️
05/05/2019

History was made today. Comment if you caught the race⬇️

After an inquiry ruling, 65-1 Country House is the winner of the Kentucky Derby.

05/03/2019

“Our sheltie is 7 ½ years old. Last year she developed a limp for no known reason. 4 trips to the vet, 2 sets of x-rays, and many “home remedies” later she was still limping. No one could tell us why though, and our poor baby was in pain for almost a year now! Finally, after much research, I contacted Equissage to enroll in their canine massage therapy certification program. At the very least I figured I would be able to relieve some of her pain.The first day I started doing the massage sequence on Danyl she loved it. She let me know when something needed treated and she relaxed when I treated it. She got up from her massage and walked away from me without a limp! She hasn’t limped since that day. Imagine our relief after a year of worry. To see her back to normal is such a beautiful thing, and to know that I was the one who helped her brings happy tears to my eyes. I hope everyone can experience this program as I have. Since learning the massage techniques from Equissage I’ve also treated a friends cat and dog with great success as well. The benefits of this program never cease.”
-K.E., NH
#successstory

A little throwback ➡️ of Melody Rose stopping and enjoying the flowers. She says spring is her favorite time of year...
05/02/2019

A little throwback ➡️ of Melody Rose stopping and enjoying the flowers. She says spring is her favorite time of year- comment if you agree with Melody! 🌸

Mama puts up with all my trouble, so I bought her some icecream to make up for it on her birthday! I might’ve accident...
05/01/2019

Mama puts up with all my trouble, so I bought her some icecream to make up for it on her birthday! I might’ve accidentally knocked it on the ground but she knows I still love her...
Happy birthday Mary!! 🎉🎉🍦

#sundayswithsailor“I had so much fun today with this guy and his family. Mama told me that Scott was my Uncle Eric’s...
04/28/2019

#sundayswithsailor

“I had so much fun today with this guy and his family. Mama told me that Scott was my Uncle Eric’s best friend in high school and they both joined the United States Marine Corps on the same day. I never met my uncle but Mama has pictures of him.”

Sailor 🐾❤️🐾

04/28/2019

Summer 2019 classes are filling up! Our class for the week of June 24th has 2 openings left, so visit our website to sign up. ☀️

“After I passed the course, I started my own canine massage company: Pawesome Hands by Christopher Sands, LLC. I have ...
04/24/2019

“After I passed the course, I started my own canine massage company: Pawesome Hands by Christopher Sands, LLC. I have to say, things are going VERY well! I'm based out of Woodstock, GA and I've been attending a lot of the AKC events in and around the Atlanta and Perry, GA areas. Reception has been amazing! I was previously in the United States Marine Corps. It was a job I felt proud of. After leaving the service, I started working for the postal service... which was the worst job I ever had. For the longest time, I haven't felt pride in what I did. I didn't feel like I was contributing to the world in a positive way since leaving the Marine Corps. I now feel like I have found my purpose in life! I cant tell you just how fulfilling this has been for me. Thank you so much for all your help!

I've attached a pic from my last event in Perry, GA. We were seen on ACK TV! Every event has only been better and better for us. I have my own clientele, I do home and vet visits, and I'm even contracted out of some animal hospitals to help work on their patients. I'm going to do the Equine Certification Course within the next year as well.

I just wanted to give you an update and to say thank you. If you'd like to see more pics of the dogs I've been working on, please check out "Pawesome Hands by Christopher Sands, LLC." on Facebook. My wife helps post every pup I work on!

~Christopher”

“Hey, I want to be in the picture too!”- Cheesy
04/23/2019

“Hey, I want to be in the picture too!”- Cheesy

#sundayswithsailor“Mama asked me to wait on the porch because we were going to church. So I did. Then Mama told me it ...
04/21/2019

#sundayswithsailor

“Mama asked me to wait on the porch because we were going to church. So I did. Then Mama told me it was time to get in the car. So I did. I try to be good.”
😊He actually got all the way in the car and sat behind the steering wheel, Mama.

Sailor 🐾❤️🐾

04/21/2019
Nature | PBS

Nature | PBS

Horses have more emotional awareness than you think.

A reminder for Easter😉🐰
04/20/2019

A reminder for Easter😉🐰

A Very Important Lesson
#Easter #Chocolates # Dogs

04/18/2019

“Since my certification, I have changed from a career in the pharmaceutical industry to a full-time massage therapist with a busy Seattle practice. I work with a group of nearly 20 veterinarians, as well as equine chiropractors and acupuncturists here, and can barely find time to tend to my own horses. The therapy has opened so many doors for me, and my life is filled with the loving energy these animals send my way each time I offer them a tactile road to better wellness.”
- L.M, WA
#successstory

Come learn at Equissage this spring!🌷🌱Our next class opening is for the week of May 20th, so visit www.equissage.c...
04/17/2019

Come learn at Equissage this spring!🌷🌱
Our next class opening is for the week of May 20th, so visit www.equissage.com to sign up.

#sundayswithsailor“Mama spends all of our money going to yoga classes. I already know how to do this pose. It’s call...
04/14/2019

#sundayswithsailor

“Mama spends all of our money going to yoga classes. I already know how to do this pose. It’s called Downward Facing Dog.”

Sailor ❤️🐾❤️

Dogs XL Rescue
04/14/2019

Dogs XL Rescue

Your Sunday Comic.

It’s all relaxation at Equissage as the horses get massages while listening to spa music 🎶✌🏻
04/13/2019

It’s all relaxation at Equissage as the horses get massages while listening to spa music 🎶✌🏻

A little note sent to us from a student. 🌻 We are so grateful for the kind people that go through our program whether...
04/12/2019

A little note sent to us from a student. 🌻 We are so grateful for the kind people that go through our program whether it be on-site or home study!

Our wonderful instructor, Sam, working with Melody today. (Zoom in to see Melody’s smile 😄)
04/10/2019

Our wonderful instructor, Sam, working with Melody today. (Zoom in to see Melody’s smile 😄)

Sunny and 70°... could we have better weather for a Monday afternoon?
04/09/2019

Sunny and 70°... could we have better weather for a Monday afternoon?

#sundayswithsailor“I was at the vet clinic for a wellness checkup. People laughed when I walked past the scale and the...
04/07/2019

#sundayswithsailor

“I was at the vet clinic for a wellness checkup. People laughed when I walked past the scale and the dial went up to number 3. Then Mama and I stopped for ice cream on the way home. I will never understand Mama.
Sailor 🐾❤️🐾

Off the Leash
04/07/2019

Off the Leash

Come on...
Who does this remind you of?
#sniffsniff #dogs #offtheleash #dogcartoons #rupertfawcett

🐴A few weeks ago, we received a message from someone who was interested in our Equine Program who was told by the own...
04/04/2019

🐴A few weeks ago, we received a message from someone who was interested in our Equine Program who was told by the owner of a tack shop that she wasn’t “horsey” enough and people wouldn’t trust her to massage their horses. I hoped that my words of encouragement would elicit another message from her but that didn’t happen.
So even though I never rode a racehorse, in 1989 I was massaging racehorses in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and New York. Horses were winning for the first time and not coming back sore.
And while riding out on Opi today, I was thinking about his previous owner, Jeanne Blackwell. She had a therapeutic riding program at her barn and I brought my students there on Fridays to massage the school horses. Jeanne was so impressed with the results that she asked if I would have them massage her clients’ horses who were in training. THIS was 1993.
It has been such a gift to me and an honor to meet and teach so many people this life changing Therapy.
The animals are non judgmental. They give and receive love unconditionally so if you are not Horsey enough, that’s okay. The only beings that are Horsey are Horses!!
-Mary

"Are you sure my haircut looks okay?" - Sailor
04/03/2019

"Are you sure my haircut looks okay?" - Sailor

04/02/2019
www.equissage.co

This fall, we will be having on-site classes for the following weeks:
September 2
September 16
October 7
October 21
November 4
November 18
Please visit our website www.equissage.com for more information.
We hope to see you soon!

03/31/2019

#sundayswithsailor

“I love watching Mama eat because she always saves something for me. She cooks for both of us now.”

Sailor 🐾❤️🐾

03/29/2019

We had the best week here at Equissage! Amazing people, great weather, and wonderful animals. (And they all passed!) 🤗☀️

03/28/2019

Congratulations to our most recent graduates of the Equine Home Study program! 🥳🤩
Christine C., NY
Heidi H., WA

03/27/2019

As spring approaches, our classes are filling up! There are two spots left for our class the week of April 22, so sign up soon. 🌷

03/26/2019

Great News from Europe

“Massaging is going very well. I have had wonderful experiences with horses who were totally out of order for longer periods of time (months, sometimes years). They were cured after one or two massages, moving again like youngsters. Their owners are extremely happy and grateful. I have now massaged horses in Spain, Germany, and the US, all with great success. It is very rewarding and I am so grateful for what you have taught me!”

-C.R., Germany
#successstory

If you can't tell by the smile on Sailor's face, this a pretty great group of students. ☺️
03/25/2019

If you can't tell by the smile on Sailor's face, this a pretty great group of students. ☺️

#sundayswithsailor“I miss Mama already. I hope she doesn’t forget about me.”-Sailor 🐾❤️🐾
03/24/2019

#sundayswithsailor

“I miss Mama already. I hope she doesn’t forget about me.”

-Sailor 🐾❤️🐾

03/23/2019
Dog Lovers

Dog Lovers

Lost items are no longer a problem!

This week's #ThrowbackThursday is to one of our classes in 2000 ft. Mini Me. Comment if you remember when our barn was s...
03/21/2019

This week's #ThrowbackThursday is to one of our classes in 2000 ft. Mini Me. Comment if you remember when our barn was still red 😂⬇️

Lord Dubai is feeling good after today's massage 😌
03/20/2019

Lord Dubai is feeling good after today's massage 😌

03/18/2019

“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!

-A.B, ME
#successstory

#sundayswithsailorMama wanted to know why I couldn’t sit still just like the other dogs when I was at the groomer. Pho...
03/17/2019

#sundayswithsailor

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

Sailor 🐾❤️🐾

03/16/2019
Nature | PBS

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! 😁🌤
03/14/2019

We are having a great week so far with these students at Equissage, not to mention the weather is warming up! 😁🌤

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