DO YOU HAVE PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS?
Equine Massage - ITEC Diploma in Equine Sports Massage (2015). I trained with Mary Bromiley, MBE, at Downs House Equine. The practical sessions were held at Sandhill Racing Stables, Philip Hobbs' yard.
Human Massage - ITEC Diploma (2006)
ARE YOU FULLY INSURED?
Yes. I'm insured through Holistic Insurance Services.
HOW LONG DOES EACH SESSION TAKE?
This depends on your horse. The horse leads the way. Normally an hour.
During healing, a horse might decide that they only need 20 or 30 minutes. They will come out of the zone as though someone's flicked a switch, and they'll 'wake up'. That's their way of saying the session has finished.
WHAT PREPARATION DO I NEED TO DO BEFORE YOU ARRIVE?
Please make sure your horse is already in the stable and that he is clean and dry (not wet and muddy). Ideally, book your appointment when the yard will be quiet, i.e. not at feed time or turnout time.
WILL MY HORSE NEED TIME OFF?
No. Just take it easy the next day when you exercise your horse.
Turnout is a good way to let your horse move its body after a session. If your horse is quiet to turn out, let him go out for a gentle wander. If he's excitable in the field, a hack or gentle flatwork is a better option.
A healing session can make a horse feel 'spaced out' because they are so relaxed. During this time, they are processing their tension and clearing it so it is important that they are left to do this peacefully. They may choose to lie down for extended periods on the day of the session or the day after.