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Home Study Courses?

Post by crp126 » Thu Aug 12, 2010 5:57 am

HI everyone,

I want to learn equine massage and possibly canine massage later on. I have looked at every school imaginable. But there is a twist to my situation and I'm hoping some of you may be able to help me. I have 4 kids, 10, 7, 2, and 10 months, and cannot leave my fulltime job to attend the schools. I have found a few home study courses where I still have to test and even video myself doing massages. I have plenty of horses to work on of my own and friends and family. I have a background as a vet assistant. I keep going back to the Equissage program homestudy courses. Has anyone had any experience with this one or any others? I know it would be best to go to a classroom but it just isn't possible for me right now, and waiting is killing me. I have been waiting for two years already. I have the background to do it and the will is definitely there. Any help would be great!

Cortney

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Post by Sole_Purpose » Thu Aug 12, 2010 6:51 am

Hi Cortney - welcome to the forum!

I am not supportive of a hands-on skill being learned via home-study. If you were already a human massage therapist, I'd say maybe. You have a lot to bring to the table with your Vet Tech background (knowledge of animal behavior, anatomy & physiology, and health conditions), but that has nothing to do with the application of skilled massage.

If it were me, I'd skip the $895 expense of home-study (so you can put that toward an on-site program later). I'd suggest learning as much as possible via visual learning aids, like videos, and practice on every animal you can could get your hands on (including shelter or rescue animals, as well as humans for necessary feedback). Then when the timing is better for you to attend a program in person, go for it.

A couple of DVDs I recommend:

Equine Massage: A Course in Equine Sports Massage by Jo-Ann Wilson (which massage therapists can receive CE credit for with the NCBTMB)

Canine Massage: Massage Guide for Dogs and Cats from Bancroft School of Massage

Both of those links are to reputable programs that you can be looking at in the future, as well.

I wish you luck with whatever you decide!

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Post by crp126 » Thu Aug 12, 2010 7:03 am

I appreciate your advice! The problem I run into is this, I live in central PA. There is nothing even remotely close to me school wise. It will be probably 20 years before I could even consider attending a school. I cannot leave my job now or in the forseeable future. Nor can I afford costly out of pocket expenses all these schools require. I'm beginning to think this dream is completely out of reach to me and probably a lot of others. Unless I win the lottery and can outright quit my job I guess I better just quit my dreaming. Sorry but that's how this is beginning to feel to me.

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Post by Sole_Purpose » Thu Aug 12, 2010 7:34 am

Cortney - I'm going to do some digging for you when I've got more time this afternoon. If this is truly your dream, it will happen. Maybe not in the time frame you are wishing for, but it will nonetheless.

Most of us have made sacrifices to get where we are in bodywork. Even with continuing ed requirements...sometimes great financial expense and travel out of state is a must for a really good program.

I am certain you can learn a lot from the DVDs I posted and the financial investment is small in comparison to the home-study with Equissage. You can learn as much on your own as you can from a home-study program, and then some. The certificate means nothing if you don't have the skills to back it up. I took Jo-Ann's apprenticeship program for professional massage therapists in person. She has put a ton of her (and Jack Meagher's) knowledge on that DVD.

Do you know any massage therapists in your area?

You already have the business contacts in place. What are they expecting from you for training?

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Post by Sole_Purpose » Thu Aug 12, 2010 8:27 am

I'm going to research further later on today, but for now I found a practitioner in Pottstown, PA. She is certified through Equinology. She might be a great contact for you regarding her education through Equinology. If she's close enough, maybe you can shadow her for a day (or more), maybe she can come out and speak with you, or maybe she can mentor you. Hopefully, the contact info is current...if not, maybe the school can put you in touch with someone else locally.

Equinology is on the west coast. They used to hold training classes throughout the country.

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Post by crp126 » Fri Aug 13, 2010 8:27 am

Thanks for your help! I am also looking at the possibility of becoming certified for people, which may help me save the money and hopefully give me the time to attend the school or at the very least a solid background in massage. There are a few schools here that offer massage, one that is very interesting and right up the road from me. It's called the Valley School of Healing Arts. They are a small school, I emailed them but haven't heard back. They are listed with NCBTMB. They have evening classes which is what I have to do. But my true passion will always lie with the horses.

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Post by Sole_Purpose » Fri Aug 13, 2010 12:07 pm

You're welcome, Cortney! I think you've got an excellent plan...looking forward to updates!

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Post by JaeMarie » Fri Aug 13, 2010 12:58 pm

Welcome Cortney!

I have to tell you, I completely relate to your story.

Long story short, several years ago I had a great interest in equine massage. With 15+ years experience with horses and having worked at a show barn/taught lessons/trained, I knew that's what I wanted to get into, but was frustrated with some potential legal issues that were being ironed out regarding practicing equine massage in my state at the time. I was an at home mom with 5, 3, and 2yo sons at the time. I ended up deciding to try human massage, figuring that eventually I'd get around to taking the equine courses, then focus my practice on the horses AND riders.

In the end, I worked part time (weekends) and went to school 2 full days per week (my home schooled niece watched my kids) and even though I was just coming out of a bankruptcy, had diddly-squat for income, and my marriage was failing (had been for a while, yet another reason I needed a skill) I made it through massage school and got my license!

If it weren't for my interest in horses, I wouldn't have become interested in people massage LOL. I still haven't taken anything further towards equine massage yet, but honestly, I'm enjoying the people stuff WAY more than I thought I would.

Sometimes we have to wait a bit to get the chance to do what we really want, but if you want it bad enough and work hard for it, while timing may not be exactly what YOU planned, you can still make it happen.

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Post by pueppi » Sun Feb 26, 2012 5:11 am

FWIW, here is a course listed by Mark Barnes:
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Post by pyronymph » Sun Feb 26, 2012 5:38 am

The Valley School of Healing Arts is a good school, from what I've heard. My neighbor went there and from how she talks they are a very nice group of people. You can take as much time as you need to get through the course, as you take each class separately. However, they do not keep up with their online connections, so it's better to call than email if you are expecting a response. It took them 2 months to reply to my email.
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