The Kentucky Derby is in full swing and although Miami is far from the races it’s easy to get into the excitement of the event. What’s even more fascinating are all those horses getting their massage pre and post race. Yep, that’s right. These beauties need their athletic TLC and it’s called Equine Massage. So here are some fun facts about a new style of massage therapy you might not have heard about.
Just Don’t Touch the Humans
There is an official certification course you can take prior to become an Equine Massage Practitioner but apparently it’s not necessary for you to know or be licensed to give massage to humans first. According to Equissage, a sports training certification program for equine massage, there regulations aren’t there yet to restrict horse lovers to be a licensed human Massage Therapist prior to caring for their four legged clients.
Classroom time seems pretty serious in horse massage school. One certification course can set you back over $1000 to be trained for one week on how to work with these animals. But no mistake, charts textbooks and anatomy info is poured over by these students. Although a short course, they take their learning seriously.
We all have days where all humans get on your last nerve and maybe the comfort of your loyal fur baby at home is all you need. Similar to that sense of solace is what these massage practitioners find in caring for horses. I have a calling for injured people but frankly some people just prefer treating animals over humans. Thus you have the Equine Massage professionals. Personally, I think horses are gorgeous and work like… well, an animal at these races, so yeah maybe they do deserve some TLC through massage to help them.
Hope this post has blown your mind and inspired you to quit your job and jump into the world of Equine Massage at the most or maybe you only collected a nugget of fun information while learning something new about massage. Until next time,see you at the races!
Michelle Orchid Rodriguez is an entrepreneur,wellness lifestyle blogger and a Licensed Massage Therapist. Her mission is to promote a higher quality of life through healthy living. She is the founder and CEO of Lumina Massage Inc., a Miami-based specialty massage company that focuses on neuromuscular therapy and prenatal bodywork. Social Media:Facebook, Instagram