By Stephanie Finne (Guest Contributor)
Today I had the honor of interviewing Lisa Speaker, founder and executive director of the Rocky Mountain School of Acupressure and Massage. Lisa has dedicated her life to helping animals through holistic methods including acupressure, massage, and aromatherapy.
I asked Lisa what her goal is when teaching pet massage. She said, “It depends on the client. It can be to relieve physical or emotional issues, assist in pain management, or prepare an athlete for an event.”
She went on to say, “Your pet will benefit from massage the same way a human does: relaxation, release of endorphins, improved physical movement and conditioning, emotional relief, and many other ways. It depends on the animal and the guardian’s goals.”
To find out what you will learn in a Rocky Mountain School of Acupressure and Massage class, Lisa suggested visiting their Web site.
Here is a sample class description for Equine Massage Level 1:
- Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
- Pre-Massage Considerations
- Strokes and Techniques of Maintenance and Therapeutic Massage
- Post Massage Considerations for Horses and Horse Owners
- Specific Medical Conditions
- Building and Marketing Your Practice. Includes Confidentiality, Developing and Maintaining Records, Preparing Case Histories, Developing Case Studies, Marketing Strategies, and Insurance.
- Pathologies includes Gait Observation and its Relation to Muscle Imbalances and Abnormalities, Common Equine Diseases, and discusses Medications, Nutrition, and Treatments both Holistic and Modern.
- Horse Handling including Behavior, Communication, Intention, and Barn Safety.
- Introduction to Acupressure, Essential Oils, and Nutrition.
Whether you would like to begin a career as an animal message therapist or you just want to learn how to provide calming, healing massage to your fur friend, the RMSAAM has a class for you! Visit the Web site for a complete listing of classes.