I have always been drawn to animals especially horses and dogs and I always wanted to help. The path to massage started after high school. I completed a 2yr Diploma of Agricultural Science in Western Horsemanship at Lakeland College. This course was a complete education on the care and training of the western horse. After working on a training farm for a number of months I discovered that training other people's horses was not enough, I wanted to help them more.
So, I returned home and took my Bachelors of Agricultural Science at UBC and was determined to get into Vet school. At this point that was the only way I could come up with to help animals. I even moved to Nova Scotia for a year to try to get into the PEI school. When that failed, I spent many weeks looking for another way. Finally, in the back of a horse magazine I found an ad for an equine massage course in Florida. That got me looking for a Canadian school and I found the D'AL School of Equine Massage Therapy in London, ON.
What drew me to this school was the indepth education that they were offering. It is a 2200hr, 2 year diploma course that is equivalent to the education that a registered massage therapist gets in Ontario. After completing the course in 2000, I took and passed my board exams to become a Registered Equine Massage Therapist. I moved back to BC and started massaging horses. I found that massage was very popular at horse shows. While there many riders would come up to me and say if the got down on all fours would I give them a massage. Because of the regulation of being an REMT, I was not able to provide this service. But the idea of being able to offer relief to the riders as well as their horses would not go away. In 2007, I found a intensive 2 week, 100hr relaxational chair massage course by Relax-to-the-Max. Since then, I have been offering both equine massage therapy and relaxational chair massage to the people of the Faser Valley and Lower Mainland.
As of March 2011, I am certified in Small Animal Massage from the NorthWest School of Animal Massage. I specialize in sports massage for the canine athlete and in animal rehabilitation massage for dog and cats recovering from injuries.