Over the first few years of Jess being with me it became clear that she had numerous issues through her back which were causing her pain. Jess was seen regularly by an exceptional spinal therapist who unknowingly set me on the route to what I do today, by writing down a massage routine for me to carry out on Jess in between her visits.
I decided that I would like to study equine massage therapy to get a more in-depth knowledge and to enable me to help Jess further. I began to look for a course that would help me to achieve my goal and on the 31st of August 2011, enrolled on a course which offered just that. After many hours of studying, attending practical training days and eventually (once I stopped stressing about it) sitting my final exams, I received an email on the 14th of February 2013, telling me that I had passed both my written and practical exams and now held the title of equine massage therapist. This is when I was able to begin building up my own little business, daunting and exciting all at the same time.
Shortly after this, I was approached by the training provider of the course I had studied and asked if I would be interested in applying for a tutor role with them, which I did. This was much more than I ever expected when I began my journey but was super exciting, especially when I got the role as tutor. I would now be able to help others along the path that I had taken myself. At this point I also studied an instructor skills course.
During this time the course had been accredited so with a little extra work I was the awarded the title of holistic equine massage practitioner.
With my interest in equine massage therapy at an all-time high, I looked into more courses that would broaden my knowledge and further my new career. I began studying equine craniosacral therapy and equine myofascial release therapy, both such gentle techniques which had a huge impact on how the horses being treated were feeling. I was absolutely amazed. In this time, I also studied equine reiki level 1 and 2, again with such amazing results. I have also studied kinesiology taping and fascial edging which are all included in my treatment sessions if needed.
With my own equine massage business thriving and getting so much enjoyment from sharing my knowledge with others, the perfect opportunity arose for me to purchase the rights to the course that I had not only studied but also taught for 4 years. This possibly wasn’t the best timing as I was now 7+ months pregnant but I knew if I didn’t take the opportunity, I would regret it. After all, I loved tutoring so much and if the course was sold to someone else, I may have no longer been needed as a tutor.
Following the monumental decision to go ahead and purchase the course rights, Centaur Equine Massage Training was launched on the 27th of April 2017. Ever since that day (with the slight exception of taking a couple of weeks off following the birth of baby Jack) I have striven to improve the course materials, study further courses myself so that I can ensure my students are getting the most up to date training possible, and offer CPD days for students who have completed their studies. I am now undertaking the huge task of writing a completely new course delving deeper into the amazing world of holistic equine massage therapy for students who would like to learn additional techniques to those taught in the practitioner course.
If anyone has an interest in learning about equine massage therapy and would like to explore this further please do send me a message or visit www.centaurequinemassagetraining.co.uk