About Me & Horses
I was a "horse girl" growing up in the USA, but as so often happens in life, school, work, and travel pulled me away from horses for years until a few years ago, when I could no longer ignore the feeling that it was time to go back.
Fast-forwarding to the present-day, after over a decade in my job as a hospital-based Nurse Practitioner, I felt the desire to try and help people in a more tangible and holistic way, so I became a certified (human) massage therapist. In this role, I found that by scaling-back to the more basic, intuitive practice of the laying-on of hands, I was able to help people regain and strengthen their mind-body connections, work-through and alleviate aches and pains, and help them to tap-into the body's innate ability to heal itself. In doing so, I was able to witness clients improve the overall quality of their lives in a truly meaningful, and often immediate way.
Applying this same philosophy to equine massage has been incredibly rewarding. Horses are wise and intuitive animals, and inevitably I learn something from each and every interaction. Every session I do is like a master class in mutual respect, trust-building, and partnership. These noble animals do so much for us, it truly is the ultimate privilege to be able to return the favor and help them not only heal, but thrive.
At Living Earth Equine Massage I use the Equissage technique for equine sports and rehabilitation massage.
What is Equissage?
Equissage is a recognized certification program in Equine Sports and Rehabilitation Massage Therapy. Conceived in 1989 in the United States by (human) massage therapist Mary Schreiber, Equissage was originally marketed to race tracks and show barns on the east coast of America. The results were nothing short of miraculous. Horses who had suffered injuries were healing at a rate that was previously thought to be impossible by industry professionals.
Equissage gained regional recognition so quickly in the United States that it began gaining national attention, even appearing in a July 1990 issue of Sports Illustrated. On the back of this success, in 1992 the official Equissage Certification Program was launched, and has now trained upwards of 8,000 Equine Sports Massage Technicians. I received my training at Equissage Europe - run by Helen Wooley (MCSP Grad Dip Phys CPSM SRP CPTRH cert IAAMT Fellow ISAP). Helen, in addition to being a highly-experienced equine sports massage therapist has been a physiotherapist specialising in (human) orthopaedics and sports medicine for nearly two decades.