The Animal Rehab Institute’s intensive Certification program in equine massage therapy (CEMT) provides students with a solid foundation in anatomy, palpation, physiology, conformation and biomechanics of the horse.
- Includes Online lecture series and 5 days live lab Arlene White, PT M. Anim. St. (Physiotherapy), Instructor
- No previous massage or bodywork experience is necessary, only a love for horses and the desire to learn!
Lab Description: Students attend a 5-day lab after completing the online lecture series and passing the online examinations. The lab course begins with an anatomy review, which allows you to learn the musculoskeletal anatomy of the horse by building the horses onto a specially designed model. Participants comprehend form and function while discovering the logic of anatomy. A great learning opportunity to help you visualize the musculoskeletal system of the horse.
Build on your current knowledge or satisfy a desire to learn what makes your horse move. Live palpation and hands-on training of massage assessment and strokes are practiced for the remainder of the class. Students learn the skills necessary to perform a full body assessment and massage treatment incorporating effleurage, petrissage, tapotement, friction, vibration, trigger point, stress point, and myofascial release techniques on the horse. Home exercises focusing on core activation are also demonstrated and practiced.
Animal Rehab Institutes programs are taught by highly trained equine professionals; this is the only Equine Massage Certification program instructed by a physical therapist who holds a Master’s Degree in Animal Physiotherapy. Courses are limited in size to allow students individual one-on-one time with the instructor. Skills learned in this program will allow graduates to help loosen and treat the musculoskeletal system of the horse. Upon completion, there will be both a written and practical exam. After passing both exams and submitting a treatment video, you will be awarded with the Certification in Equine Massage Therapy (CEMT) title.
- Learning Objectives:
Understand Anatomical Vocabulary Including Directional Terminology + Veterinary vs. Layman’s Terminology
Master the Equine Skeletal System – Axial Skeleton & Appendicular Skeleton
Review Musculoskeletal System using a model
Describe and Palpate all Bony Landmarks on Live Subjects
Perform a Basic Conformation Assessment
Understand the Application and Theory of Massage.
Demonstrate Proper Technique when Applying the Different Massage Strokes.
Discuss Structural and Functional Relationships
Identify and Palpate Relevant Musculoskeletal Abnormalities.
Demonstrate the ability to choose appropriate home exercises and demonstrate them on the horse to the owner
Safety Issues, Indications and Contraindications for Equine Massage.
Recognize Normal vs Abnormal Gait Variables
Discuss the Unique Features of an Equine Massage Therapy Business
Cost includes the online lecture series and 5 day live lab including course materials (see course calendar for live lab dates & locations)