Since its inception in 1991, Equissage has become the longest running certification program, the mos Equissage is the oldest and leading trainer of animal massage therapists in the world.
Since 1991, Equissage has graduated more than 20,000 Equine & Canine Massage Therapists, from every state in the US and 20 countries around the world. Our on site programs (listed below) are held at our facility in Virginia. Equine Certification Program 5 day course (Monday-Friday)
Dual Certification Program (Equine/Canine) 5 day course (Monday-Friday)
We also offer Home Study Programs for Equi
Congrats to everyone in this weeks class for doing a great job 👏🎉!
(We had to take an extra special picture with Katie since she’s the only one who didn’t get massaged)
New week, new students 😁
Are you following our Instagram? Follow @equissage1 to make sure you're up-to-date on all our announcements!
Shoutout to Natalia B., recent Equissage graduate for the wonderful testimony 🙌🏻 She did an outstanding job on her final exam!
“I thank you for the opportunity this program has given me to understand more about
horse mobility, function of the muscles, and the benefits of equine massage. I truly believe after studying this program, the benefits of massage are for both horse and human. It is a very rewarding program, and I highly recommend it to anyone that may be interested in pursuing acertification in equine sports massage. Of all classes and courses I have taken over the years, I have to also mention that it has been the least stressful and most enjoyable because of the concise
information as well as the lack of strict time frame. Overall, Equissage has provided a great
learning experience, and I appreciate the program very much.”
Dancer gives the best hugs 💕
Class update: December 12 and January 2nd are now on our program schedule 📅
Spots are filling up quickly, so sign up soon!
Big smiles after a successful week 👏
It looks like we have a new favorite lunch spot at Equissage. ☀️
“About four years ago the dog groomer told Mama that I would settle down when I was five. Mama fainted.
But now I’m five.”
Great job to last week’s class! 👏👏
Congratulations to Lexi B. from Alabama who recently completed the home study program! 🤩
Our students are doing great work so far this week!
“Hey Dancer, want to stop after work for a glass of chardonneigh?”
An update from Dana, a recent graduate of our on-site program. Keep up the great work, Dana! We can tell your client is enjoying his massage 😉
Such a special week here at Equissage‼️ Start to finish. Thursday evening at The Williams Gap Winery and Friday afternoon celebrating five new Equine Massage Therapists🌺
We have one opening left for our November 7th class! 🗓
Visit our website for more info.
Thirty one years and one day! A picture is worth a thousand words. Another Anniversary! What better way to celebrate finding my life’s purpose.
First time in a very long time that all the horses are together in the upper barn. It took some creative thinking and was totally engineered by Arturo, our wonderful farm manager.
Enjoying the first few moments with the entire herd is our new group of students from Missouri, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia. It’s going to be a great week‼️
“I’m out here with these two Marines. One is my cousin. Mama calls him Sweetie. I don’t remember the other guys name though.
Funny thing, two Marines and a Sailor😊.
Our classes are full until November 7th! To see our class schedule and sign up, visit our website at www.equissage.com.
A wonderful testimony from a 1999 Equissage graduate ❤️:
“I wanted to take the time to thank you whole-heartedly for the foundation you provided me with. Although I have added to my studies and techniques and offer several complementary modalities, the Equissage sequence, techniques (and let's not forget all the wonderful mnemonics) have been retained and remain in my toolbox all these years.
To date I cannot even give you a count of the horses I have been able to make a positive difference for. At least in the hundreds. In that count are several amazing success stories of horses with owners about to give up after trying literally everything else, some of the most affirming and rewarding turnarounds you can imagine and helping support elite athletes in many disciplines.
At present I am full-time in the business and most definitely blessed to be ‘living the dream’.
With an average of 25 horses a week scheduled at top farms in different disciplines, one apprentice, and one partner, you can say that ‘one horse at a time’ has taken on a new meaning.
I am currently working with several top dressage trainers as part of their regular (weekly) program in collaboration with the farm's veterinarians, chiropractors, farriers and other practitioners. These trainers and owners also fly me to Florida for the winter season to care for their horses in competition and I've been on the grounds for FEI CDI competition at
Wellington and in Ocala for the hunter/jumper circuits.
Again - 'Living the Dream'! I will always remember with fondness and gratitude the spirit and strong foundation of learning your Equissage program helped launch my dreams!”
Victory lap after passing the class. Congrats all! 🎉
A little R&R on this beautiful Thursday. Wish our class good luck on their final exam tomorrow! ☀️
Monday Morning at Equissage 🌻
Success story from Equissage student, Heidi🌟
"I’ve had the pleasure of working with an Arabian mare, 12 y/o named Rainstorm. Rain has amazing bloodlines but was dumped in a kill pen and rescued about seven years ago. She was sent to a trainer to be a trail horse but would not move forward. The trainer said she had no heart. After, Rain was put out to pasture with two other mares. She became incredibly buddy sour. She is also a biter. I started doing body work on Rain in the pasture with her friends. Slowly I gained her trust and now she can get a massage without her buddies, and I rode her for the first time in December. I am continuing her body work and riding in an arena. She moves out very smoothly and knows how to release her nerves and tension. I am very proud of her as is her owner. All because of Equissage. ❤️"
“ Hi Equissage Family! Here I am in Newfoundland for a little vacation last year at this time.”
Please don’t believe everything he says. Happy 4th of July everyone‼️God Bless America🇺🇸
“All Creatures Great and Small”. By James Herriot. And this is how it was. Truly a wonderful week‼️
We've added more classes to our fall schedule! Visit our website to sign up.
New dates: October 10, November 7, November 28
Beware! Dancer is a very mean and scary horse and doesn't like new students one bit.
The feeling of being in Italy, especially here in Pompeii has never left me. The loss of lives and property when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD is something I will never comprehend. It was so emotional!
And a few minutes ago I was standing in the front pasture looking out at the Blue Ridge Mountains. An hour earlier we had a severe thunderstorm that lasted what seemed to be a long time.
Two beautiful pictures, each place has been seen by thousands of people from around the world.
📣We have a last minute opening for next week's class beginning on June 20th!📣
Visit our website for info/ to sign up.
We had a great time with last week’s group! 🐴
First class of June off to a great start! 🤩
from Marlie S.🌟
I was absolutely amazed when I performed the "colic sequence" on a 24 year old gelding. He was exhausted and was not responding to any treatment the way we wanted him to. His gut was still! I asked the vet if I could massage him and they gave me the "okay". When I came to the part of the sequence where I do the back rub and circles the gelding took a deep breath and when he released his gut began to gurgle! We were all in shock. The next day he was up and lively. Mary. I am so grateful for your knowledge that has been instilled in me.
“Mama and I invited my friends over for treats and water. Everyone was well behaved and we still had fun. I might want to do it again if she goes on another trip. Now she speaks Italian to me
No class this week, but we still have more pictures to share of our lovely group from last week ☺️
📣We have a class opening for the week of July 25!📣
If interested, please visit our website to sign up.
Opi loves our new group of students 🐴 Here’s to a great week!
Heading out to the Winery. Home before Dawn I mean before Dark😇
to almost 3 years ago, today!
Some kind words from home-study graduate, Sarah K. Congrats on your great work Sarah! ⭐️
"Thank you very much for the wonderful content you provided in this course, I found it very insightful. It also provided me with an amazing opportunity to increase the bond with my dog, other dogs, and contribute to my dream of working with dogs"
Having been to Florence, Rome, Pompeii, now leaving tomorrow from Sorrento. BItter sweet of course but ready to pick up the beat again.
“I think I hear Mama’s plane. I was hoping she would be home from Italy today so we could go out to dinner. We always sit up here together. I’ll just wait but Happy Mother’s Day everyone.”
Gelato!! Celebration of 31 years doing what I love-teaching massage for horses and dogs. Missing my “little” boy🐾🐾
This week’s is on home study student, Emilee Miller 🙌👍
“I chose to learn equine massage because I wanted to help horses. I saw the benefits my horses received from massages but finding someone local in my area was difficult. I wanted to make a difference in the lives of the animals that so deeply impacted mine.”
We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the program, Emilee!
Had a great time with these lovely students last week! 🐎
This week’s is on Channing Thomsen 😊🐴
“My favorite part of the program was learning something unique that was also challenging. And knowing when I am certified I can start making a difference in a horse's life. It’s amazing to see the difference that has already been made especially with the abused animals I work with”
Great work, Channing Thomsen !
I help frustrated women establish nutrition and exercise habits so they can ditch the scale, get rid
Hair Salon. https://www.schedulicity.com/scheduling/CAMHFP
Kelli's Creations is dedicated to developing beauiful and functional hand thrown pottery by artist a
Essential oils are the natural way to help treat and heal your ailments :)
Handmade soaps crafted right in Round Hill, Va!
Co-creative approach to health and fitness #tankfitwithme
An aesthetic and regenerative medicine practice offering customized treatment plans for your skin,