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Horses are wonderfully complex creatures that hold tension. We want our horses to feel their best and move with comfort and ease. When horses are uncomfortable, they compensate to hide the pain which then creates new areas of tension and restriction for themselves. I work with you and your horse to help them release tension.  Regular bodywork can help alleviate discomfort and helps to identify areas of concern before they become problems. 

One of my main goals when working with horses is releasing the bracing tension that they hold in their front ends ... Jaw/Poll/Neck/Shoulders. Freeing up their front end allows them to lift through their backs and engage their hind ends (the engine), encouraging them to move comfortably and efficiently all over. Horses are designed to be efficient and I help them to find that suppleness to create even, relaxed movement.

About Me


I am a Certified Equine Massage Therapist and have obtained the following qualifications:

  • Certified Equine Massage Therapist (The School of Equine Massage and Rehabilitation Therapies)


  • Certified Equine Myo-manipulative Functional Therapist (Holistic Animal Studies)


    Masterson Method®  Advanced Student

  • I am a Professional member in good standing with the IAAMB - International Association of Animal Massage and Bodywork

  • I am an Active Member in good standing with the AAETT - American Association of Equine Therapists and Technicians

  • Equine Anatomy and Health Considerations - Avalon Performance


  • Certified: Sport Horse Injury/Lameness Prevention & Care from the University of Guelph


  • Certified: Horse Care and Welfare from the University of Guelph


  • A member of the Balance Through Movement™️  Master Class

  • Nashon Cook Clinic

  • Healing Hands of Massage Equine Massage Therapy Course

  • Gillian Higgins Anatomy of the Horse - Course on The Equine Back

  • .... And a I hold a Masters degree in (human) Psychology - B.A., M.Ed

*I am always updating and upgrading my education.

Taking a new course, connecting with professionals in my field,  attending workshops.

I am currently working on becoming a Masterson Method®️ Certified Practitioner* *

Horses have been in my life since 1984 in a variety of ways throughout the years - I have boarded horses at stables and have cared for them at home, I competed in the hunter and jumper A circuit (Western Canada), I have trained my own horses, we had a Connemara breeding program in the 1990s, I have introduced many children to horse care and horseback riding, and currently; I am a horse owner, mom of kids that ride, an adult amateur rider and an equine bodyworker.

Horses give us so much and it is wonderful to give back to them in this way. They benefit greatly from the moments of relaxation and tension relief that they get from bodywork as displayed by their lowered head, yawns, soft eyes, and gentle sighs. The increased performance and quicker recovery times after injury are just some of the benefits of equine massage and is a great way to take care of our equine partners.

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