Horses in your care will benefit further by your participation in the Advanced 5-Day Course. You will become more adept at The Masterson Method techniques that will help relieve your horse’s stress and build stronger human-horse relationships. For those interested in becoming a Masterson Method Certified Practitioner, (MMCP) it is the next required step.
The Advanced 5-Day Course in equine bodywork is an advanced, practical course that is open to anyone with experience handling horses and a basic knowledge of equine anatomy, who is interested in improving relationship, communication and performance in horses. It is also the primary course for the Certification Program.
It consists of five days of practical training. This is spent almost entirely working on horses. You will learn where to look, what to look for, and how to release and clear issues that most affect performance.
During this course you will perfect your understanding of the principles of release of tension in the horse, your ability to recognize and use responses of the horse to your touch to get that release, and your ability to enable the horse to participate in the process of releasing tension.
You will also learn evaluation techniques that will help you identify bio-mechanical patterns in the horse associated with possible primary Issues, and resulting secondary Issues.
Course size is limited to ensure one-on-one instruction.
We are accredited by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork Organization (NCBTMB) for Continuing Education Credits.
It’s a very friendly and soft yet very powerful method that helps the horse to soften on a deep level and to return to movement from the little muscles around the spine instead of the bigger movement muscles. I have seen huge improvement when the method is applied working together with chiropractic/craniosacral adjustment/treatment. With some…
5 Good Reasons That You Should Attend an Advanced 5-Day: It will increase your confidence in handling horses You will get a better understanding of how a horse thinks It will make you look at yourself as to your affect and approach You will make a new friends from all over the world! You will…
After the Weekend Course, I was excited to be able to work on my horses and get releases. After the Advanced 5-Day, I now feel I can perform all the techniques, recognize all the different types of releases and figure out what techniques to use to release specific restrictions.
This advanced course is unique in equine massage and bodywork education in offering structured technique instruction, flexible and open enough to keep intuition alive.
If you loved the 2-day course, hang onto your hats because the 5-day course will blow you away!
After the two day seminar you have an idea how to improve the condition, problems, or tension in the horse – it’s really helpful! The five day seminar goes deeper and you get a lot of information about how you are able to find the problem areas of the horse. You get lots of experience…
You must have taken the Weekend Seminar-Workshop before attending the Advanced 5-Day Course.
We encourage you to space out the time between the Weekend Seminar-Workshop and the Advanced 5-Day Course. This will enable you to go home and “soak in” what you have learned. That said, we understand that life gets in the way so you are welcome to come to a weekend and stay for the Advanced 5-day if both courses are contiguous.
It is a prerequisite to complete the Beyond Horse Massage Online Home Study Course prior to attending the Advanced 5-Day. Jim has found that those who have completed the course prior to the Advanced 5-Day come better prepared.
The Advanced 5-Day Course also requires a certain level of physical fitness. You must be in good physical shape to meet the demands of these five days. You will be working with horses every day and often on your feet for the whole day. To give you an idea of the physical requirements needed to successfully complete the course, what would be required would be roughly equivalent to one of the following:
- Forty minutes of aerobic activity without the need to sit down
- Thirty minutes of Pilates with hand weights or bands
- One hour of serious riding (not a gentle hack out)
You must have enough experience with horses that you are able to safely and comfortably perform the techniques taught in the course. In addition to working safely, you should be able to:
- work in an enclosed space such as a stall, with an unfamiliar horse
- pick up and handle the fore and hind feet and legs of an unfamiliar horse
- hold up a leg long enough to examine the foot and leg
- Initial Evaluation
- Advanced techniques (take out Nervous reflex, and adoptive response)
- By-passing the survival response
- Nervous reflex, and adoptive response
- Working on different body types
- Manipulation and Release
- Important: Head Shy Horses
- Pain and behavior
- Pain vs. restriction
- Relationship of primary issues to secondary issues
- Feet and pain in the body
- Touchy issues like saddle fit and pain in the body
- Other joints and junctions in which restrictions are commonly found
- Follow ups
- Working with owners, trainers and other equine professionals.
- Final Evaluation – Putting it all together
April 6-10 Wickenburg, AZ with Coralie Hughes
June 1-5 Mequon, WI with Becky Tenges
June 22-26 Watsonville, CA with Sandy Vreeburg
July 20-24 Coatesville, IN with Coralie Hughes
September 21-25 Cedarburg, WI with Becky Tenges
September 21-25 Manchester, NH with Samantha Walker
October 5-9 Watsonville, CA with Sandy Vreeburg
October 12-16 Coatesville, IN with Coralie Hughes
November 2-6 Tucson, AZ with Vanessa Helvey
November 9-13 Georgetown, TX with Becky Tenges
June 22-26 Brochów, PL taught in Polish with Beata Filonowicz
July 1-5 Egestorf, DE taught in German with Walter Saxe
July 20-24 Salisbury, UK with Jim Masterson
September 2-6 Mühleim an der Ruhr, DE taught in German with Walter Saxe
*Note this is a Wednesday to Sunday course.
October 5-9 Oxfordshire, UK with Jim Masterson
If you want to understand the sensitivity of your horse and build a partnership with your horse, this is the missing link that will teach you to “whisper” more effectively.
The course was everything I hoped for and more. Coaches level of expertise mixed with her incredible skill to teach is amazing. I took the 2 day with her and this was just a natural transition. The five day was intense, but it simply makes you want more. It was hard to quit each day… read more
I worked on a QH mare over the weekend that belonged to Pilates instructor whose been looking to “lease” her out….This mare is a hoot and then some. She’s very animated and has made it quite clear that she is really connected to this woman and doesn’t want to be leased to anyone. She hadn’t… read more
I just spent the last week taking the Advanced 5-Day Course. The experience was unique because it was so totally experiential. I learned so much in such a short period of time. It was so gratifying to achieve quick results using the Masterson Method. My classmates were all professional equine bodyworkers which made quite a… read more
I am more than happy to recommend studying the Masterson Method personally with Jim. I did make the long trek from Australia last June and will be returning to the UK next June for certification. I am a professional Equine Therapist and was achieving good results with what I had learned from Jim’s book and… read more
Excellent method, great atmosphere, wonderful instructors. I can definitely recommend it to anybody wishing to help horses.
National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork Organization (NCBTMB) for Continuing Education Credits (CEC): Weekend Seminar-Workshop, 14 CEC; Home Study Course, 12 CE; Advanced 5-Day, 32 CEC; Field Work Course, 50 CEC; Certification Completion Course, 32 CEC.