Hello and thank you for visiting my web site.  In this section I will be addressing some of the questions that many people have asked me.  If you still have more questions please feel free to e-mail me under the “contact” section of this web site.

Surely you are a single gal gallivanting across the country…

JackNope, I am married to the best fella in the world for me.  Our children are all grown up and we are the proud grandparents of 3 beautiful additions to our romping, active family.  Speaking of Jack, I wanted to give a very special thank you to him!  All the work on the farm rests on his broad shoulders when I am gone for 7 months of the year – along with fending for himself and dealing with all the daily challenges, chores and running about that we all must do each day. This is a lot to ask, and he has borne it so very well along with giving me all the support that I am so very grateful for each and every day.  While horses are not Jack’s passion, he recognizes the passion I have to teach people about the power of a compassionate, gentle, educated touch.  Behind this woman stands a man that holds her up when her strength flags, encourages her when she needs to be prodded, challenges her to ‘find a way’ when roadblocks appear and loves her enough to be willing to share her time with others.  I’m always coming home to you my love!

By the by… those are our grandchildren!

Back to business…

How can I learn enough to become an equine massage therapist in such a short time?

Well, through our advanced hypnosis techniques…….no, just kidding.  In this course you will

learn a competent, fully body massage, along with all the theory required to attend an injured

horse from the acute stage of injury to the care of a chronic injury, work on the equine

athlete, hacking buddy or the old retired horse that needs some tlc!

There are many courses available to take all across North America and beyond, those

that are much longer and teach much more information to those that are interested in learning

deeper physiology and anatomy.  Some of the courses will teach all skeletal landmarks, origin

and insertion of all muscles along with nerve innervation.  This alone can take upwards of 6

months to absorb.  This course strips massage therapy right down to the basics.  Major muscles

are all covered, along with how they can become injured, and what we are supposed to do to

aid the horse in regaining supple muscles and full range of motion in their joints.

The things that I feel, as an equine massage therapist, are important to know and understand

are all covered in this course.  The intensity of the days in succession helps to keep my

students minds only on massage.  The repetitive nature of my teaching style ensures that the

information is readily available, and practice put to purpose while we work on the horses on

the first day of class only reinforces the reason why people take this course–to learn hands-on

work that can help horses recover from injuries, help our equine athletes gain their full potential,

and to develop a deeper bond between us and our horses!

Is there an age limit?

Yes, there is an age limit of 16 (within the calendar year that the course is being taught).

The reason for this is two fold.  The language in the course is challenging, as I use the proper

medical terminology when speaking in terms of anatomy, physiology and massage therapy.

The range of ages of the participants of the courses vary from course to course, but usually

range from 20-65 (yes, 65 and up!).  I like to see full interaction of all of my students, and encourage

discussion within the group as it pertains to the course material.  Although I have personally found

that many people involved with horses are quite mature for their age, I would not like to see any

students not participate as fully as others, possibly due to shyness, or lack of confidence,

hence the age minimum of 16.

What are the physical requirements of the course?

This course is a hands-on learning course that teaches both theory and massage. In the barn,

students are required to stand while massaging, but may sit when they are not working. A good

rule of thumb I like to use is this: If you can muck out a 10 stall barn, you can do this course.

Massage requires feet, legs, hips, shoulders, arms and hands (listed in importance), and not just

arms and hands. The pressure we generate comes from the proper positioning of our feet, driving

up the legs to put the power into our hips. From here the pressure goes into our shoulders,arms

and out through our hands. (very much like mucking!). I do bring stools with me to classes, and

students may sit when they are not massaging.

Who takes an equine massage therapy course?

Not all of my students take my course for the purpose of working on other people’s horses

or starting an equine massage therapy business. We are a broad and varied group! Many people

reconnect with the horse world after many years of raising their families, and may choose to either

repurchase an older friend, adopt from the track, begin to do volunteer work at a rescue or therapeutic

riding association, or start a whole new adventure with a new horse and discipline!

Many older horses can have issues with arthritis and old injuries that should be addressed.

As a rider myself (just hacking!), I like for my horses to have the smoothest gait possible. If my

horses are having issues, it will translate into an uneven (and uncomfortable for me to sit) gait.

With regular massage (about 1 time per week, then graduating down to once every four weeks), I

can help my horse with any aches, pains, lack of extension and extensibility, which in short is

the lack of a muscle to reach it’s full potential in either extension or flexion which translates into

missed jumps, slow painful movements, lack of speed, inability to maneuver around barrels smoothly etc.

These issues can be addressed and helped through massage, which will make the horse more

comfortable, also helping the rider in the process by having a much smoother gaited horse to ride!

For those people in the competitive circle, whether it is with dressage, racing, barrels,

endurance, hunter, jumper, roping etc., we can all help our athletes reach their full potential!

Tight muscles are prone to injury ,whereas soft, supple, extensible muscles are much less

prone to injury. Any and all competitions (and yes, just pleasure hacking too) will put strain and

stress on the muscles and joints of our horses. Massage will help keep both of these components in

smoother working order. Will your horse now place first in all competitions? Of course not, but

what a thrill it will be not be in last place, or to see your horse working more easily with less injuries!

Massage can never take the place of proper training, and any horse in any venue of competition

must be conditioned properly in order to gain it’s full potential. (I strongly recommend the

Exercise Physiology course from the University of Guelph in this area!)

Can I get the massage manual in advance?

No, I do not send the manual in advance. The manual is specific to the teaching of the course,

and rather reads like stereo instructions and would not make sense alone.What you do get in

advance is homework! I have on line homework available. When a person has registered for

the course, they will then receive the pass codes to download the homework.

Do I get a certificate?

Yes for both massage courses:

Short massage course: Certified Equine Massage Therapist

30 day course: Certified Advanced Equine Massage Therapist

The VR course is an attendance course only. I do not certify anyone as a ‘Chiropractor’. Attendants

receive a certificate of attendance: Vertebral Realignment and Joint Play

Can I just sit in on a class and just watch? (Audit)

No, I do not allow auditing of my classes. It is important that each student receive my

attention not only with the theory, but also with the hands on portion of the class too! My students

check with me on their pressure, posture and massage manipulations during the class; this cannot

be accomplished or learned by anyone just watching.

What is the course schedule?

8am-5pm daily

First day of class begins at 7:45am

This is the approximate schedule and may/will be modified according to the availability of the

horses. Feeding schedules and barn cleaning schedules vary, along with any previously booked

appointments (farrier) and the weather too. If it is to be very hot, then I will try to have the massage

work in the am and book work in the pm. In the cold, the book work is broken up even more such

that we can work with the horses in shorter, but more numerous times and have time to warm up

in the classroom with book work.

Although not stated, each day every horse will have a health check and we will do clean up work

prior to leaving the barn for the day.

The final day of the class, we begin with the horses at 8am and work with them until approx. 10:30.

Clean up stalls, barn and sanitize all equipment.

Our day is finished no later than 12 on the final day

What do I need to bring with me to the course?

A hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, weather smart clothing including gloves if it is cold, (I prefer to

work outside if weather permits), steel toed shoes if you have them, a cushion for sitting upon

as I provide stools and they can get a bit uncomfortable – or you can bring your own chair, and your lunch.

Pencils, paper, highlighters, the course manual (which is yours to keep-that I wrote) are all provided.

What is the minimum number of students required?

There is a minimum of 6 students per venue. This is not the maximum – the maximum is usually 20;

however in Edmonton, this number may be slightly more as the facility is designed to

accommodate more horses and students.

It should be presumed that the course will move forward. If a course is cancelled, each person

will be informed via e-mail. All monies will be returned in their entirety.

Will you contact me prior to the course to confirm?

Yes, I will contact every registrant 2 weeks prior to the course start date to confirm the course.

I contact via e-mail.  If you are registered in the course and have not received an e-mail, please

check your ‘spam’ folder and/or contact me.  As we live in this world or computers and sadly, computer

viruses, at times a virus can attach itself to an e-mail and it is blocked by various system protection software.

For this reason, again, if you have not received confirmation of a course 2 weeks prior to the start date, please

e-mail me.

If I work, what should I charge for my services?

This varies from area to area; however, a generally accepted rate is between $75-$125 per

session plus mileage. This is an individual decision – beware of charging too little, as people

will not see the value in the work and may question why something is so cheap!

I do suggest to my students that they charge more for the first and second session as there is

significantly more work involved during assessment. Once the third session is attained, then the

generally accepted rate should be between $75-$125 per session.

If someone has taken the Vertebral Realignment and Joint Play Course, then they should be

charging an additional amount for their services.

How long are massage sessions?

In my practice, I try to keep my hands-on time to roughly no less than an hour and a half, but usually

the time I spend is approx. 2 hours.

beware of therapists who spend less time on horses!

What I teach is that equine massage is a session and never has a time limit.

How long before I can actually charge for my services?

Right away!  I am a firm believer in not selling myself short.  If you are performing a task, you

should be paid for your work!. Do not sell yourself short! Always charge for your time. A valuable

skill has been learned, and working people deserve to be compensated for their knowledge

and skills!

I strongly recommend to all of my students to do 10 massages – get those hands busy! – after

the conclusion of the course to solidify the information.

Why? Within the shorter course, a competent massage routine, advanced massage techniques

that are unique to this course course, along with all of the stretches is taught.  On the last day,

all of my students must complete a full assessment of the horse and do the massage work including

any applicable stretches. Many of my students have come back to me and told me that they feel

much more confident in their ability to do the full routine by this last day.  But, it takes time to develop

the skills, the feeling of the tissues and to get very comfortable with doing the massage.  I have

been in practice for 25 years and I still am learning new ways to use my hands to reduce spasm

and tension in muscles!

Learning how to massage is no different than learning any new skill. No one learned how to canter,

find their diagonals, stops, turns, jumps or any other aspect of riding in one session or for that matter in

a week. Everything in life takes practice and with it comes confidence.

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The information below covers specific questions people have asked me

about the industry, regulations, organizations and opinions.

I have posted this information so that people can see that I have done my

homework and that I have been open in all areas of concerns.

Certainly if you have more questions, please do feel free to e-mail (best) or call

and leave a message and your call will be returned.

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What is the difference between your course and that 2 year program?

I have been asked this specific question a lot. As stated above, each course focuses on different

things. The two year program focuses on anatomy – lots of it. From the skeletal system and all

the boney landmarks, to every muscle with origin and insertion points, action and nerve innervation..

This is a tremendous amount of information, and takes a great deal of time to absorb – I should

know – as a human RMT, I had to learn it all- and more as we have The Massage Therapy Act that

outlines our scope of practice and the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario governs our

actions! – Their focus continues in physiology and micro anatomy with action potentials (diffusion

of Na (sodium) across a membrane), motor end units (the connection between the nerve and

the muscle), etc. This is all fascinating information, but it will never make a person a better

hands-on therapist.

I believe that the focus of a massage course should be massage. This course is designed with

that in mind.

There are also distance courses that can take 2 years to complete.  The courses are usually taught

as a weekend course, then a month at home in practice and reading material, then another weekend

get together- and this goes on for 2 years.  In short, people teach themselves the information and pay

to be told what to read and check in once a month.  This is not a criticism, it is only the truth about distance courses.

I myself have spent thousands of dollars in education via distance (on line courses with the University of Guelph),

but I also understand that I am literally paying a university to tell me what to read in exchange for a piece

of paper at the end of my efforts.

I am not picking on the longer program, but this question has been asked so many times that it really

needed to be addressed. For any program, get the facts before you sign up. How much hands on

time is in the course? How many actual hours of time will you have with the instructor? When do I get to start

working with the horse-s? Is the course in class or is it a distance course? What are the credentials of the instructor?

Is the course actually about massage or only just a few days of massage?

What about those other courses that also call themselves ‘2 year’ programs?

There are several places that offer a weekend once a month (some have summer months off), then students go

home to do the work and meet up again.  Some courses are more geared toward equine care rather than massage.  There

are even course that call themselves ‘equine massage’ and only spend one month (which is one weekend) on actual massage

training.  Educate yourself on exactly what is being taught, how much time is spent with the instructor and how much time is

devoted to massage.

What are your credentials?

I have been a human registered massage (current designation is “inactive”) therapist since 1990.

That’s over 25 years of hands on work with loads of soft tissue injury experience under my fingers.

My schooling as an RMT is 2200 hours at an accredited teaching facility, and I am in good standing

with my board (CMTO). In 2007 I retired from active practice in order to teach these courses full time.

A muscle is a muscle is a muscle.  Injury leads to spasm, and spasm leads to a lack of range of

motion.  In a muscular injury, spasm will lead to a chronic tension in the muscles along with trigger

points (are fully explained in the course!).  In tendon and ligament injuries, muscle spasms are

also present, but our focus leads to work on the tendons, along with scar tissue (also covered in

the course!).  These injuries are the same for a human, horse, dog, cat – even a guinea pig!

The ability to assess an injury, apply the correct massage technique and reduce spasm and

tension in a muscle is the purpose of massage – no matter the species we are working with

at the time.

I took an equine massage therapy course in 2001 and learned a basic massage routine. Since

that time, I have developed my own unique techniques that I share with my students.

I saw the need for more people to lean this valuable tool, so I wrote my own original equine

massage manual based on my experience, research and the fundamental basics and principles

of massage therapy.

As a practicing RMT, we are required to collect no less than 30CEUs (credit units) every 3 years in

order to maintain licensing. I had taken quite a few courses through the years when I was in human

practice.

I have taken not only my personal work, but also techniques meant for humans, transposed them

into working with the horses to create new, unique massage techniques that are safe and effective.

No one else can offer this as this is based on my work and the courses that I have taken.

The information I provide cannot be learned from a book.

I also hold a Diploma with Distinction from the University of Guelph in Equine Health Sciences,

which covers equine: nutrition, functional anatomy, physiology, management of the equine

environment, health and disease prevention and growth and development, equine behaviour and

genetics.

My education has continued with EAGALA in equine assisted psychotherapy.  I hold a level II Certification with

‘Equine Expert’ designation with their organization.  (no less than 6000 hours of equine experience is required for this designation).

I also hold certification with the Certified Coaches Federation and am a Certified Coach Practitioner.  This is a life coach and is not

to be confused with an equine training coach.

Who regulates the industry of equine massage therapy?

The equine massage therapy industry has absolutely no Provincial or Federal legislation

that specifically oversees this profession in Canada, (there are no animal massage

therapy Acts) and therefore, there is no one group/association/school that can claim

that they have exclusivity to teach or have their graduates practice equine massage

therapy.

There are some provinces that have within their veterinary acts very broad descriptions of

the practice of veterinary medicine, so there may be some Veterinary Colleges that may

challenge individuals wishing to practice. For example:

In the Province of Manitoba, C.C.S.M. c. V30, the Veterinary Medical Act states:

2(1)  The practice of veterinary medicine means the branch of knowledge that relates to maintaining the health of animals and to preventing, diagnosing and treating diseases of and injuries to animals.

The act further outlines included practices as:

(b) administers a drug, veterinary biologic, medicine, appliance or treatment of whatever nature to an animal;

The wording in the act encompasses the practice of: massage therapy, chiropractic, homeopathy, reiki, healing touch, health touch, laser therapy, T-touch, magnetic therapy, ultrasound, aromatherapy, physiotherapy, the administering of poultices, sheath cleaning and any other treatment.

The act does not prohibit owners from learning or carrying out any of these modalities for use on animals which are owned by them:

Exemptions:

3(2)        Subsection (1) does not apply to prevent a person from

(b) administering a drug, veterinary biologic, medicine, appliance or treatment of any kind to an animal if the person is

(i) the owner of the animal or an employee of the owner,

(iii) a person or a member of a class of persons specified in the by-laws while acting under the supervision of a member;

Regarding section 3(2)(iii) what this means is that a person may indeed practice in Manitoba; however, legally, it must be done with a veterinarian’s supervision. What does ‘supervision’ encompass? The act does not spell this out, as as such, it can be interpreted in a variety of ways. To date, not a single grad from my program has been pursued by the Manitoba College of Veterinarians.

Each province has their own definition of the practice of veterinary medicine, and the college of veterinarians of each province may or may not view the practice of individuals as contravention of the act or may allow the practice under the supervision of a veterinarian.

Please be aware of this, and feel free to:

Google the provincial veterinarian act (eg: Manitoba veterinarian act) and look under the Practice of Veterinarian Medicine for the complete definition.

Contact your local veterinarian and inquire as to whether they offer massage and where they received their training.

Contact your Provincial Member of the Legislative Assembly if your local veterinarian does not offer this service as the act (that can be changed by the introduction of an amendment to the governing statute) provides veterinarians only to practice in fields of study that may or may not have been included in their training.

Persons enrolled in the Manitoba classes must be owners of the horses in order to participate in the hands on segment of the classes. Graduates will still receive a certificate.

How many credit hours does each massage courses have?

Some other massage courses have indicated that they have significantly more credit hours for their grads. These extra hours are given to them post graduation in unsupervised massage hours. The only credit hours that are unsupervised in this course is the homework.

The short course breakdown is as follows:

39.5  hours of in class training

12 hours of homework during the course

28.5 hours of homework prior to the course

Total hours: 80

Certificate: Certified Equine Massage Therapist

The 6 week course breakdown is as follows:

270  hours of in class training

55 hours of homework during the course

25 hours of homework prior to the course

Total hours: 350

Certificate: Certified Advanced Equine Massage Therapist

Why have credit hours?

Some people may request of their regulatory body credit for their ongoing education units.

If you have a regulatory body and would like for me to submit an application, please contact me with all the information required to make application to your governing body.

There are some organizations that people may wish to join in the future and the course itself must have the minimum number of hours. Some courses that do not have the actual hours available to their students will include post graduation, unsupervised massage hours in order to plump up the number of hours for their courses so that they can be approved.

I will not do this as I cannot in good conscience approve hours that I did not supervise.

Why would I want to join an organization?

Some people like the idea of belonging to a group, others do not. The choice is up to the grad. There is no particular organization that I support. In time, I will be creating an organization for my grads so that they will be their own group – everything in time!

Some organizations offer group insurance. In Canada the insurance is exorbitant while in the USA, the insurance is quite low for members of organizations. At this time, there is no particular benefit (from an insurance standpoint) in belonging to any particular organization.

What about other organizations?

There is an organization called the International Federation of Registered Equine Massage Therapists.

The people that belong to this group are Registered Equine Massage Therapists who have

completed a 2200 hour program at a privately owned facility. They are a self regulated

association, and do not fall under the jurisdiction of any body of law, Provincial or

Federal legislation (as again, there is no Animal Massage Act in any province).

I have had a few people contact me asking questions about this organization, and for this

reason I have included this information in this forum. It is my intention to educate people that

are interested in this field, whether they wish to learn equine massage therapy for their own horses,

or to work as Certified Equine Massage Therapists.

Here are some differences between equine massage and human massage.

As an RMT (human registered massage therapist) practicing in Ontario, we are provincially

regulated under The Massage Act. We have a governing board that oversees our practices.

(CMTO – The College of Massage Therapists of Ontario). In human massage, insurance

companies offer massage benefits to members (paid by companies) for their employees.

As horse owners, many of us have insurance on our animals, but even with the insurance, it

does not cover many vet bills, many diseases, chiropractic, and certainly not massage therapy

treatments.

Human massage (in Ontario and British Colombia), is a very tightly regulated profession, and

yet, there are many massage parlors, esthetics, spas etc. that do not have RMT’s working at

their facilities.  It begins a very long game of semantics.

The term “massage therapy” is copyright protected in the province of Ontario and British

Columbia, and only RMT’s may make use of this term, and yet, there are many people that

do “body work”, “myomassology”, “body balancing” etc., and our governing bodies cannot

do anything to regulate these people working in this industry.

So what does this mean in the horse industry?

Just this, if people can do massage and body work on humans and there are no regulations for

these people, then it would be logical to assume the work that is done for horses will also fall

into this particular area that my brother (the lawyer) calls the ‘Berumuda Triangle” as it has no

regulatory overseer.

There is no single organization, group or practicing body that has more right to work with

horses through massage than any other in Canada.

***I have permission from the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario to use their term

“massage therapist” when we put the word “equine” in front of it:  “equine massage therapist”.

What about insurance coverage for the Certified Equine Massage Therapist?

If I had a dime for every time I was asked this question ….

CEMTs do not have to have liability insurance coverage in order to practice.

There is insurance available, but at this time, it is extremely expensive, and the scope of the

coverage is very small (what they will cover for and the circumstances that surround the incident).

Let me give you the human side of insurance: Every practicing RMT in the province of Ontario

is mandated to carry 2 Million dollars of insurance. In 25 years, only 1 person has been successfully

sued for causing soft tissue injury. Yes, RMTs have been sued for slip and falls on site, but only

1 person has been able to prove that their RMT caused them harm.With regard to equine

massage, it would be next to impossible to prove soft tissue injury has occurred during the massage.

If I take both the massage and vertebral realignment courses, do I receive a discount?

No, as each course is taught individually, they are separate from each other.

Are there discounts if I want to retake a course?

Yes, if a grad from my massage program – from 2013 to present day – wishes to retake the massage

course, then they may do so for 1/2 of the course cost (plus applicable taxes).

Why from 2013 to present day?

The course changed drastically in 2008 with significantly more information. There is so much

information in this course, that it has changed into virtually a different course.

I see this as no different than that of taking a computer course in 2003 and expecting to

know all about present day applications, as opposed to learning about computers last year

and now needing a refresher.

If a grad wishes to retake the VR course, then they too may do so with a $200 discount.

As a returning grad, is there a discount for the 6 week course?

Returning grads from my massage course (from 2013 and on) will receive a $400 discount.

Returning grads from my VR course will receive a $200 discount.

Returning grads from both the massage and VR courses receive a $600 discount.

If I tell others about the course, can I get a discount?

Thank you for telling people about the course, but everyone pays the exact same fee for all my classes.

The paperwork involved in keeping track of who told who and the tug of war when two people tell

the same person about the course is not something that I wish to involve myself.

When people find out that they paid more for a course than their fellow student, they get annoyed.

This course is a certification course. Think of it as University or College (trust me, the

information is at that level!). As a parent of two boys that attended College, we never

received a discount for sending them to the same college.

I want to be respectful of everyone’s time, and the money that they had to earn in order to

take this course. As I value this and their efforts, I show all my students that everyone is exactly

the same by charging the same fee for everyone.

When people tell others about the course, then they are only helping themselves – this is a good thing!.

If more people know about the course, then more people can sign up. If more people sign

up then the class can move forward.

If a person can split the expense of gasoline and hotel with someone that they have told about

the course, then their word of mouth has helped themselves – and another person too!

Is equine massage therapy accepted by owners?

I believe that with so many people using massage therapy for their own health benefits, that equine

(or in general animal) massage has been growing in acceptance. If I feel better after a massage, then

my horse should feel better too! I have seen a leap in acceptance by owners as a viable, natural

therapy for their horse’s benefit.

Is equine massage therapy accepted by veterinarians?

Veterinarians are people too – and many go to their own massage therapists for their needs. These

people would have an experiential acceptance of massage therapy and would be more open to the

idea. Others may be open to the idea, some guarded and some just non accepting.

As a human RMT, I went through all of this on the human side when MDs, chiropractors and specialists

were skeptical, guarded and some flat out rejected massage as a viable, non medicinal therapy.

Thankfully, there were those that either accepted massage, or would recommend my services to a

patient that was taking pain relief medication and where surgery was not an option. Basically, I was

given their toughest cases. When the doctors saw that the amount of pain medication taken went

down, this gave them actual quantitative results and a reason to recommend massage therapy

for more of their patients. This was the progression of acceptance of massage therapy for my

business. In fact, the response was so overwhelming, I had a closed practice after only 10 months of

becoming an RMT.

I see the same thing happening in the equine (or animal) massage therapy field. But, there is one

difference between humans and horses: insurance.

Many people have insurance coverage for massage therapy – and it requires a doctor’s prescription

before the insurance provider will reimburse for the amount paid for the therapy.

There are zero, none, nada, insurance companies for animals that will cover massage therapy,

chiropractic, physiotherapy, ultrasound therapy, laser therapy, aromatherapy etc.

Insurance that we purchase for our animals is for basically two things: my animal causing harm to

a human and/or property, and coverage of veterinary bills should my animal come to harm – this

includes mortality insurance. .

For example: my horse escapes from the paddock, runs into the street and is stuck by a car.

The driver of the car is injured. I am sued. I have insurance. I am covered.

My animal is injured. I have purchased additional insurance for massive injury and mortality.

I am covered for the veterinary bills for that incident or sadly, mortality if the animal is killed.

Each insurance provider has a long list of what is covered and what is exempt. If you have this type

of coverage, please read your policy thoroughly.

Just fyi, each province has a federation (see links page for the complete list of federations in Canada).

As a member, there is automatic insurance for accident coverage- this does not cover for any veterinary

bills, but rather for property or human injury- again, please read the policy carefully to see what is,

and what is not covered.

So the bottom line, in my opinion, is this: If there is no insurance coverage for massage, then I do not

need to have my veterinarian’s approval.

An open mind is something that I value in a person – and most especially in the people I rely on

for my, my family’s and my animal’s needs.

If one person on this team is closed minded, then they are not on my personal team.

The well being of those that I love (and yes, this does include members of my four legged family) is

at the top of my wish list and daily prayers.

I value the opinion of professionals – they are professionals for a reason and their years of schooling,

experience and know how should be respected – although not revered.

I worked with human specialists for many years – with and never for – they specifically wanted my

services as an RMT for their patients. We were each but one part of the healing team for a person

that needed our expertise. We were all valuable to that person! If a person is a professional and they

allow a personal opinion based on no solid evidence to cloud their judgement, then their opinion that

I once valued is now gone. I do not mean to say that these people have to jump on every wagon that

passes in front of them. There are loads of things that we just do not understand. It is the respect of

another therapy that interests me. I do not understand exactly how acupuncture works, I have no

particular interest in becoming an acupuncturist, but I do respect the work that people do in this field.

When something works, does no harm, and the professional opposes this … well, time to get a

different professional on the team.

How do I register for the course?

Go to the “application forms” section.  Within this area you will find the application form along

with a waiver/release form.  Follow the instructions on the application form page.

You may make payment either:

1)  on line via the PayPal service – you must have a PayPal account

2)  on line bank – interac transfer

3)  mailed in application form

In any of the three methods, you must fill out both the application and waiver forms.  if you have used an on line payment

method, then the forms may be scanned and e-mailed (we do not have a fax).

How do I know where the course is being held?

Go to the ‘Course locations’ bar, and click on it. A scroll down bar will appear with the list of

course sites available.  example:  courses – massage – massage course locations – Edmonton

Click on the course site you are interested in attending, and another page will open with all

of the information-course location, directions and lodging information.

Problem accessing the information?

If you are having problems with opening the drop bar, or the page will not open for you, please

e-mail (through the contact section of this web site) or call me, and I will send you the information

(it will be a print out of this web site) by either e-mail, or regular post.

Can I bring my video camera and video tape segments of the course?

No, I do not allow video taping of the course. You may bring your camera on the last day and take group

photos or a photo with the horse you were working on if you wish.
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If you are interested in more information about the University of Guelph Equine

Science Certificate program, please feel free to click on the link below:

http://equinesciencecertificate.com

I do not have any affiliation with the University of Guelph, but I have had only good experiences

with their courses, and do recommend their on-line programs.

The link is by permission from Gayle Ecker-University of Guelph