Julie using a passive stretch

Course details below.
Venue : Milburn Cumbria.

"Massage has helped me to transform my horse"
Rebecca Tasker EThPK masseur Cumbria.

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"I am so happy to get such great results while training, it can only get better with experience."
Lynn Rushton EThPK ,when a student

"I have to say Pat, that doing your massage course is probably one of the best things I've ever done. It's given me purpose and direction for the healing which I feel I was meant to do."
Linda Branston EThPK

"Beware; training to be an Equine Masseur could lead to far more than you bargained for! ..for my part, I can only thank Alex and Pat for what has been a life changing experience and opened up so many opportunities for us both"
Kathy Hill EThPK ,for herself and partner Nick, who was inspired to become a Barefoot Trimmer.

"This course has changed my life forever and I'm so glad that I started it now as I won't have to say, 'I wish I had known about massage 20 years ago!' " Emily Robinson in 2009 who at 19 years was our youngest EThPK.

The initial 4 day module will also be open to students wishing to gain knowledge and techniques to use solely on their own horses . One module. No exams. Owners Certificate in Equine Massage £600.

Course Syllabus

Small Groups
Excellent Insurance
Ongoing Support
Alexander Technique Coaching

This course is designed for serious students who wish to use their skills professionally. Graduates of the Pat Ki Diploma in Equine Massage (EThPK's) are currently benefiting the full range of equines including four star eventers, Horse of the Year qualifiers and regional dressage winners as well as leisure horses. Their insurance also covers them to work on polo ponies and racehorses. We include training in the skills and competencies of human body massage.

The programme requires 11 full days attendance including practical and theoretical exams. Students must undertake intensive home study and give 20 full massage treatments on 5 or more horses. Their written case studies will be accompanied by photographic, video or DVD evidence. As this course is demanding we request that students do not enrol for any other course of study at the same time. Our aim is quality over quantity. With a maximum class size of 6 we are able to give our students individual attention and support.

The horse-evolution & statistics
Psychology of the horse-wild and domestic
Body language

Anatomy & Physiology
Skeletal structure
Muscle function
Lameness and other common malfunctions
Blood vascular system
Lymphatic system
Respiratory system
Digestive & eliminatory systems
Nervous system
Skin and hair
Horse's foot and hoof + pros and cons of barefoot trimming
Laminitis- theories of causes and treatment regimes

Health and Safety
Massage strokes : effleurage- kneading - pumping- friction - percussion - vibration
Stretches: limbs-back-tail
Other techniques: acupressure points-golgi and spindle reflexes
Uniquely this course includes coaching from an MSTAT Alexander Technique teacher

Consultation procedures/recording
Getting and keeping clients

Talk and demonstration from Lucy Crowe, equine osteopath plus one more professional (tba)
Students are requested to shadow another equine professional
A visit to a local schooling and eventing centre

Main tutor: Alex Jakob-Whitworth MA PGCE EThPK

Whole course fee 2995 (2895 if paid in full by 1st July 2014). For details of payments please see Application Form

Homework and Required Reading
Case studies (as outlined above)
Create A & P and Massage files
Study Anatomy and Physiology in more detail from: Equine Science, Health & Performance by Pilliner and Davies, Horse Anatomy by Peter Goody amd Functional Anatomy by Colles and Mary Bromiley's DVD Hands-On (from Equestrian Vision)
How Your Horse Moves by Gillian Higgins

Optional reading
The Horse's Muscles in Motion by Sara Wyche, The Horse in Motion by Pilliner, Elmhurst and Davies, Massage Techniques for Horse and Rider by Mary Bromiley and Equine Massage by Hourdebaight. Alex will have around 100 books on Equine A & P and Massage for you to see on Module 1. You may then decide to order some online for your further study.

Eligibility for this Course
Prospective students should prove that they are used to riding and handling horses

Dates: See dates page

A Willing Model Learning by Mistakes!
Painting in Progress Lecture Facility, Milburn