The road ends here


You’re way visible. [Image: Sandi Martinez-Abiquiu Lake, NM, boat ramp.]
You’re way visible. [Image: Sandi Martinez-Abiquiu Lake, NM, boat ramp.]
by Sandi Martinez

Is it time to go?  Where, you might ask?  Things just aren’t feeling entirely right… so much on your mind, and so much to contemplate.  Yet, you’re way passed, the past.  The truth stares you in the face, and there is nowhere to run.  The sand over your head doesn’t feel so soft anymore – there are a lot of grains everywhere, and every time you come up for air you choke on the dust.  Worse, everything is still the same and guess what?  You’re way visible.

After the travel ends, and you get to where you wanted to go, you wonder if there is more road ahead, or if the new ones that have opened up are just an illusion or are they the only way to move?  Going back seems so comforting.  Going back is the only road and way you’ve known, and darn it, it’s safe!

But the road ahead is watery you say: Too much emotion, too unpredictable.  The other path is fraught with dirt and rocks and who-knows-what else… what if you trip, or come across a rattler?  Oh goodness, may as well avoid that path, but the water ahead involves a boat… Oh goodness, you say: I don’t have one!

I have bad news and good news: The bad news (everyone likes hearing that first) is that you are thinking too literally.  The move, the shift, starts within you.  The good news: You are reading this and nodding to the words written here.  It means you have already started on the path of the unknown; the one likely leading to your heart.  Once you offer up yourself as a sacrifice for your own good, all the other stuff falls into place.  So if you insist, go buy that boat, and/or kayak.  Please take RMSAAM with you!  We love to get wet on such hot days…

Go forward, and make your own new road – you will be the one who travels it, and you are the only one who can make your own dreams come true.

Tips for Individuals Enrolling into RMSAAM from out of the U.S. or Country

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Contributed by Ginger Currie, RMSAAM Enrollment Coordinator

It begins with a whirlwind of phone calls or internet research; airfare, hotels, car rentals, not to mention care for animals, family members, work responsibilities, the mental, emotional, and spiritual prep it takes to become an animal practitioner… And not necessarily all in that order! And we’re sure there’s more ‘stuff’ that needs to be taken care of prior to undertaking a special learning-feat like this.

At RMSAAM, we offer back-to-back classes.  This means that if you are taking Levels 1-3, in the Canine, Equine, or Acupressure (Levels 1 & 2) courses, we schedule them at your convenience – which means that you can comfortably take the first level as scheduled, the second level begins 1-2 days later, and the same applies to the third level.  View our calendar for more insight on how this works.

Unfortunately, from time to time, we cancel a class, due to the three-student minimum not being met.  Fortunately, we offer a semi-private/private option for our massage and acupressure courses.  When two students sign up for a semi private, a $360 fee is applied per level. Private instruction is also available at an additional $432 per level. The semi private and private class options give students traveling from far away the security of knowing that their class will go forward whether or not it meets the student minimum.

We understand the stress of travel, and we offer these options for busy students who need to rely and depend on a specific schedule.

For more information on enrolling in our courses, click here.  Ginger Currie, the Enrollment Coordinator would be happy to answer any other questions during the enrollment process!  Call her at 303.660.9390, or email,

Dream On

by Sandi Martinez

The cursor blinks – nearly every second.  A page is blank and fresh, and then suddenly the blank white page is filled with words.  Writing is a form of creating.  An invoice for a business owner for example, is blank before he/she fills it with words.  Those words speak of money; a form of survival that is on its way.

There are many forms of creation, and for many, the act of seeing a blank page can be daunting.  Might this be the same for anything in our minds, like dreams, not yet realized, that may be similar to filling a blank page?

A dream goes through a process.  First, it’s an amazing image.  It fills our mind, and heart with exciting possibilities.  But for the moment, it’s just a thought, an idea skating around in our heads, like ice-skating in winter; or cold, and icy blocks that fills the edges of a pond, road, or cakes around houses.  Its movement can be slow, and yet, it’s still an action that takes a while to materialize before you see it moving.  Perhaps this is far from the heart of the point I’m trying to make, and I am surrounded by a thick layer of ice – just a bit of time is needed before the sun melts it.  And the words fill the page again, an image to digest, that then becomes once again, a thought/idea.

For me, they are a way to travel.  Words are inspiring and dreams are what make words tangible, the action behind them, a conduit to witnessing that image become real.  We fill out contracts with words.  We sign the contracts which then bind us to the commitment of that house we just purchased, or the car we just bought, or the learning institution you have chosen to attend.  Words mean something, and the more they mean the more careful one must be when uttered; they are like waves that mesh with the air – carried by the wind, but never disappear.

This is especially true with the things we tell ourselves.  Are we being true, and honest with ourselves?  Are the words we feed ourselves positive?  Are the ways in which we go about getting our dreams on track, the train we see coming our way, the truth that speaks from the heart?  Do we give this same gift to others?  When we speak from our hearts, love is abundant, and then everything becomes possible; and the fear behind the possible failure of our dreams, loses its strength, and loses its appeal.  And your dream to be an Animal Massage Practitioner is a testament to your character, and what might have brought you here, right now.  So please, by all means, do dream on!  Use the power of words to make that dream possible!

In the Mist

It is not enough for a man to know how to ride; he must know how to fall. ~Mexican Proverb (Horse image:

by Sandi Martinez

Your massive body moves beneath me;

I feel your strength; I hear your soft neighing

Your position shifts, you back up a few paces

All is quiet, your ears forward you soak

In your surroundings

And you’re getting ready to bound off

And I’m getting ready to hang on

And the birds start to sing again, as if they’d been

Holding their breath


You move your head from side-to-side

It seems as if you can’t decide

You turn your head sideways

You have me in your view

But is it me you’re waiting for,

Have I not given you the cue?


You neigh again, but a little more loudly this time

I turn my head sideways, and look back

I see no one behind

My weight shifts above you,

I try to regain my balance

I sigh in confusion but you look ahead

Your body relaxes,

And you wait

You wait


And step forward,

My feet are secure in the stir-ups

My hair flows backward,

My arms relax

My hands grip the reins and we begin

… and we head into the mist