Those drawn to a massage therapy position have an extraordinary amount of compassion and patience. This is another of the intensely hands-on horse professions which requires strength of body as well as a love of equines.
What You Need
Massage therapists spend their time working with animals who are experiencing pain, which leads to a high stress level. This requires quiet confidence and the ability to remain calm, be patient and soothe the nerves of both patients and their owners. This is a position which benefits a high degree of practical knowledge & experience, intuitive independent thinking and a responsible attitude.
A gentle nature, a genuine love of the animal and the ability to learn on your feet are essentials for being a great equine massage therapist.
Therapeutic application of hands-on massage techniques for the purpose of increasing circulation, relaxing muscles, relieving tension, enhancing muscle tone and increasing range of motion.
Handling a variety of animal temperaments
Assessment & rehabilitation following injury
Development of treatment plan & goals
Use of massage and mobilization techniques
Advise regarding injured athlete animals in training
Immediate first aid & health concerns
Besides a high school and basic college education, a massage therapist must go through schooling to be certified in massage therapy by a licensed school. Certification varies by country and state regulations.
A few places to start if you are interested in a career as an equine massage therapist.
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International Association of Animal Massage Therapists
International Association of Animal Massage & Bodywork
Association of Complementary Animal Therapies
National Association of Equine Massage Therapists
Equine Sports Massage Association
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