Since its inception in 1991, Equissage has become the longest running certification program, the most widely recognized program and the leader in Animal Massage Certification in the United States.
Equissage is the oldest and leading trainer of animal massage therapists in the world. Since 1991, Equissage has graduated more than 20,000 Equine & Canine Massage Therapists, from every state in the US and 20 countries around the world. Our on site programs (listed below) are held at our facility in Virginia. Equine Certification Program 5 day course (Monday-Friday) Dual Certification Program (Equine/Canine) 5 day course (Monday-Friday) We also offer Home Study Programs for Equine an/or Canine Massage Therapy Certification. Please visit our website for more information: www.equissage.com
Mission: To ensure that our students are receiving the most thorough, complete curriculum available. Firmly hold to the offering of our curriculum both at our facility and through the homestudy courses at a reasonable and fair cost. In doing so, we will make the therapy more accessible to those wanting to pursue a career as a Certified Equine or Canine Massage Therapist.
Melody is looking for where this summer went. Time flies when you're a massage model... and when you don't realize there's a pandemic happening.
A #successstory from Kayla S. ☀️
“I’ve worked on a horse named Gem and she is a 45-year-old mare. She’s a retired barrel horse,4-H horse, and therapeutic riding horse. She has dedicated herself to her human and helping others.
I began massaging her to relax her and essentially give back to her and her family who have done so much for me. Her mood and energy levels have improved and hopefully it will begin to tone her muscles which have atrophied in her retirement. She has been doing very well!”
Jen and Melissa did an amazing job this week. Another week of class has already come and gone at Equissage 👩🎓
#ThrowbackThursday to 2000 and a reminder to sign up for our December and January classes on our website ❄️
Congratulations to recent home study graduate to Ashley V. from Alabama! She did an outstanding job 🐴
Starting off the week right with our students Jen and Melissa! Plus, we couldn’t be happier with weather in the low 70°s this week🍁🍂
“Mama and I needed some home improvement done around our place and one of the workers left the door of his truck open. There was a bag of chips on the front seat.”
The moment this dog saves her kitten from falling into the pool 😍
#ThrowbackThursday to the late 90’s with Shadow! He did several tricks for the students, one of them was bowing. Comment if you remember Shadow ⬇️
Congratulations to recent Canine Home Study graduate Val M. from Scotland! She did a great job and her pup agrees 🐶
Brave Name told us he wants to start getting paid for being a massage model. We finally agreed, so Mary wrote him his first check today.
#ThrowbackThursday to when a lion was loose at Equissage! Scary, right? 🦁
[09/03/20] Our October classes are filling up! Come study at Equissage in Virginia during the most beautiful time of the year 🍁🍂
Success story from Woodrow C., who is also a human massage therapist 😉☀️--
“One of my clients did not really know about sports massage for horses and when I explained to him what I've learned from Equissage, he decided to give it a try for his horse. He bought a package of 10 massages for the season. After the very first massage, the trainer told him that the horse was performing much better. After the second massage he was fourth in a show amongst 80 horses, and the after the third time he was third!”
“Just now released is our first family portrait and as usual Mama always sits in the front seat.”
[08/28/20] Congrats to recent canine home study graduate Gina W. from South Carolina and equine home graduate, Maddy J. from Michigan! 💫🥳
[08/26/20] We have a few openings left in our September classes. Visit our website, equissage.com, for more information!
The story of Mini, a pony who finally began to make progress in her health after receiving massage: #successstory 🐴
“Mini is a Walsh pony mare that only stands 11.3hh and is 16 years old. When she got to us, she was underweight, needing to gain about 40lbs. She also presented with an aggressive unproductive cough that we assessed to be the heaves. Even at rest, she had very labored breathing and would cough consistently. Because of this, we would not use her in any of our programs. We began a treatment plan- starting my changing her bedding to dust free shavings and wetting her hay. We also increased her grain giving her 2.5lbs of senior feed and a .5lb of Omega twice a day. We saw some minor improvements over the next couple of weeks and she was coughing a little bit less, although she was still coughing more frequently than we wanted. She was also not gaining the weight we were expecting to see considering how much grain she was getting for her size- understandable considering how much stress her body was in. I put her onto my list of horses to massage. After first massage, a client came to me that had just walked by Mini’s stall and told me she was coughing… a lot. At first, I was nervous that the massage had an adverse effect on Mini, however, this was the first time we had noticed that she had productively coughed up any mucus. I believe that the percussion over her pectorals helped to loosen and break up the mucus build up. We watched her closely over the next couple of days, but she seemed more comfortable. She even laid down, which is something we hadn’t seen her do yet. Since then, I have given her three more massages and she has shown significant signs of improvement with her breathing and only coughs intermittently. She has been able to pack on some weight and has shown enough physical improvement that we are hopeful to get her back into regular exercise and to start her into our riding program.”
A great week with great people... and they all passed! Congrats 🤩🥳
Katie is always watching over the farm 👀Who needs a watch-dog when you have a watch-horse?
Half way through the week and going strong 💪
Nothing says "Welcome to Equissage" like some purple barn doors 💜💫
“My cousins were here today and they said they thought it would be okay if I opened my birthday present. I tried to find Mama to ask her permission but before I knew it we were having so much fun. Jude is a Marine and Luke is a famous actor in his high school.
This was my favorite day ever.” I love these guys.”
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#ThrowbackThursday to 1996 with Mary, Selena, and the one and only Isaiah. Comment if you remember this guy ⬇️
Not only is Melody an excellent massage model, she is a great model for pictures too-- every side is her good side. 😉
Dr. Clarissa M. Uttley, current home-study studen,t is using massage therapy to help all kinds of animals. 🐾
"This has been such a great experience ad has created such an incredible bonding experience with all our critters, even the cows!" - Uttley
First class of August has come and gone 🐴⭐️ We had a great week with this group!
#ThrowbackThursday to winter 2019 and a little announcement- our winter 2020 class dates have been added to our website! Check out www.equissage.com for more info.
In the early days of teaching our Equine and Canine Certification Programs, the goal of our students was to learn how to alleviate muscle pain in the animals.
While that is still the primary reason, I sense that more students feel anxiety about passing the course and being certified.
I would like future students to know that our passing/success rate is very high. However, if for some reason the massage sequence doesn’t come together on Fridays, students can go home and practice and then send us a video. (No extra charge). Upon successful completion, we will then issue a certificate.
That’s how it works😊.
This was a great week for our home-study program! We have 4 new graduates including...
Jessica H., CA
Genna K., MD
Courtney H., FL
and Michelle B., CA, who is pictured below.
Starting August off right with a new class🐴 Lord Dubai is especially excited to make some new friends and get some massages!
Sailor wants everyone to know that our September classes are filling up quickly! Visit our website to view the schedule and for more information. 🐶
#FlashbackFriday to 2016 on the 25th anniversary of Equissage. Tim was politely asking (aka begging) for the other half of the cake.
This woman never cried rescuing a dog, until she met a teeny-tiny, very special one ❤️️
TWENTY NINE YEARS AGO TODAY❗️
I taught my first student. Yes. And so many students later, I am still loving what I do. To quote J D Niles, “I am a beggar showing other beggars where to find the bread.”
Interestingly about a year ago, I asked one of my students, a veterinarian from Brazil what she specialized in. She said she specialized in rehab for horses. Then I asked her when that all started. 1989 was her answer. No surprise.
That was the year Equissage was born, the year I began massaging racehorses at Philadelphia Park, now Parx. One of the reasons I went there was because there were too many neigh sayers in my neighborhood.
So in 1991, a client persuaded me to put together a formal program and she wanted to be my first student. Two years ago it dawned on me that people would pay me to massage their horses...ha, I just wanted to massage every horse in the world...as something that somehow I knew would be good for them.
Without my resilient staff and super models and students there wouldn’t be a Program today.
I thank God every day as I have become the giver and receiver of so many precious gifts❤️
Marti Bigley Owner/Head Trainer
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