The Equissage Europe Course in Detail

Equissage Europe is an intensive 5 day course designed to teach you all you need to know to qualify as an Equine Sports and Rehabilitation Massage Therapist. There are pre course books and hand outs which are distributed on booking your course place.

Students are expected to complete between 50-80 hours of directed home study prior to commencement of the course contact time. All graduates have access to post training support, a dedicated Graduate Facebook page, regular CPD opportunities and continued tutor support throughout their career.

Day One

  • Morning session
  • Classroom based.
  • Introductions.
  • What Is Equissage?
  • The roles of differing equine therapists
  • Current legislation in the UK
  • Basic definitions
  • Equine Skeletal anatomy
  • Equine muscle Groups and Functions
  • Benefits of Massage
  • Contraindications to massage
  • Safety Precautions
  • The Massage Strokes
  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Afternoon session practical
  • Recognising surface anatomy landmarks
  • Applying the basic strokes to the horse
  • Evaluation pre-treatment.
  • Homework
  • Study ‘Important Points’ and the benefits of massage
  • Study muscle groups and functions

Day Two

  • Morning session classroom based.
  • Review of strokes
  • Neuromuscular physiology
  • Muscle anatomy head/ neck/ withers
  • Initial Massage sequence –head/neck/ withers
  • Biomechanics of the limbs
  • Practical session
  • Afternoon session classroom
  • Massage sequence to elbow groove
  • Practical session
  • Homework
  • Study Muscle groups and functions

Day Three

  • Morning session
  • Muscle anatomy neck/ shoulders/ foreleg/ back/ abdomen.
  • Massage Sequence to Point of hip
  • Practical session
  • Assessment
  • Massage sequence Head to Point of hip
  • Afternoon session
  • Lameness
  • Saddle fitting
  • Homework
  • Study muscle groups and functions

Day Four

  • Morning session
  • Muscle Anatomy hip and hind –quarters
  • The complete massage sequence
  • Conformation
  • Practical session
  • Labelling muscle groups on the horse
  • Massage sequence from back to finish
  • Afternoon session
  • Practical the complete massage sequence
  • Stretching exercises
  • Post treatment advice
  • Keeping records
  • Business advice and marketing matters
  • Homework
  • Revision of massage sequence
  • Study all muscle groups for exam

Day Five

  • Morning session
  • Stretching physiology
  • Any questions?
  • Revision all points
  • Legal requirements, HMRC and professional matters
  • Practical
  • Complete massage sequence
  • Afternoon
  • Written exam
  • Practical exam
  • Presentation of Certificates for successful students
  • Close