Beyond Horse Massage Weekend Seminar-Workshop


The Beyond Horse Massage Weekend Seminar is for any horse owner or handler. It gives you the tools to help you work with your horse to relieve tension and connect more deeply. No knowledge of anatomy or physical strength is required. You’ll leave wishing you had taken this seminar sooner.

A Masterson Method® Weekend Seminar is the next practical step after reading/viewing the Beyond Horse Massage Book/DVD.

In these hands-on workshops, you’ll learn how to recognize and use the visual responses of the horse to your touch to find and release accumulated stress in key junctions of the body that most affect performance. Jim Masterson has successfully taught these techniques to hundreds of owners, therapists, and trainers worldwide, enabling them to open new levels of communication and relationship with their horses.

We do require you to purchase and review the Book and/or DVD: Beyond Horse Massage before attending the seminar-workshop.

The Masterson Method is accredited by various national and international organizations including the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork Organization (NCBTMB) for Continuing Education Credits.

Weekend Seminar-Workshop Dates

See our COVID-19 procedures. See our COVID-19 Waiver (for Canada, the United States and Poland).


Oct 31-Nov 1 Bristol, TN

November 7-8 Cheyenne, WY with Anne Bailey

November 7-8 Briones, CA with Sandy Vreeburg

November 7-8 Sherwood, OR with Beckie Haynes

November 7-8 Carmel, IN with Coralie Hughes

November 14-15  California, KY

November 14-15 Sharon, VT with Samantha Walker

December 5-6  Horace, ND

December 5-6 Winston Salem, NC

December 5-6 Delray Beach, FL with Mary Last

December 12-13 Crownsville, MD

January 23-24, 2021 Wickenburg, AZ with Coralie Hughes

February 20-21, 2021  Milton, FL

March 6-7, 2021  Bandera, TX

March 20-21, 2021 Stockton, NJ with Leslie Brooks

March 20-21, 2021 Aiken, SC with Sandy Vreeburg

March 27-28, 2021 Dewitt, MI with Fran Cilella

April 10-11, 2021 New Cambria, KS

April 24-25, 2021 Watsonville, CA with Sandy Vreeburg

April 24-25, 2021 Wickenburg, AZ with Coralie Hughes

May 1-2, 2021  Indianola, IA with Martha Becker

August 21-22, 2021 Coatesville, IN with Coralie Hughes

Europe & UK

March 20-21, 2021 Graz, AT with Vicky Devlin

March 27-28, 2021 Cornwall, UK with Vicky Devlin

April 10-11, 2021 Sedgefield, Co Durham, UK with Vicky Devlin

April 17-18, 2021 South Lanarkshire, SCT with Vicky Devlin

April 24-25, 2021 Uddel, NL taught in Dutch with Masja Fick

Australia & New Zealand

(no courses are scheduled at this time)

South Africa

November 21-22, 2020 Johannesburg, ZA with Alexandra Davies

December 5-6, 2020 Cape Town, ZA with Kathy Adams


April 24-25, 2021 Granby, QC taught in French with Sylvie Vallières 

May 29-30, 2021 Ponoka, AB with Lori Hoppe 

June 12-13, 2021 Saint-Nicolas, QC  taught in French with Sylvie Vallières 

September 19-20, 2021* Cobourg, ON with Lori Hoppe *Note this is a sunday-monday course  

Day 1 — Workshop begins at 9am

Workshop begins at 9am with a discussion of the principles of The Masterson Method®. 

  • The horse’s survival-bracing response.
  • How to use different levels of touch, and the horse’s responses to by-pass the bracing response.
  • Use of movement and positioning to allow a muscle or junction to release tension.
  • Key junctions of the body that most affect performance.
  • How the subtle and sometimes not-so-subtle process of release works.


  • The first technique, the Bladder Meridian Technique, is demonstrated and explained.
  • Students practice on horses, with individual hands-on help from the Instructor(s).
  • Students and Instructor(s) re-group to ask and answer questions, and review and discuss the results of the technique.
  • Techniques to release tension in the poll, neck, and neck/shoulders/withers junction are demonstrated, practiced, and discussed/reviewed during the first day, with a break for lunch and short morning and afternoon breaks.

Day 2 — Workshop continues at 9am

We follow the same learning format as on Day 1;

  • Hands-on instruction.
  • Review and discussion to learn basic techniques to release tension in the back, sacro-iliac and sacro-lumbar junction.

After lunch, a fresh group of horses are brought in. Students have the opportunity to practice all the techniques that were learned over the weekend, on fresh horses, with hands-on help from the Instructor(s). This way, the student will review and practice a full bodywork session on a horse prior to going home.

Weekend Seminar-Workshop Prerequisites

1st Prerequisite – Reading and viewing the Beyond Horse Massage Book and DVD (can be added when purchasing your registration)

2nd Prerequisite – This is a hands-on workshop. Students must be prepared to pick up all four of the horse’s feet and be comfortable in a stall with an unknown horse.  For safety reasons students must have a good grasp of basic horsemanship.

Are you interested in earning a free spot in the weekend seminar?

Host a Beyond Horse Massage Weekend Seminar

We are Accredited and Approved Through the Following Organizations:

National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork Organization (NCBTMB) for Continuing Education Credits (CEC): Weekend Seminar-Workshop: 14 CEC. Home Study Course: 12 CEC, Advanced 5-Day: 32 CEC, Field Work Course: 50 CEC, Certification Completion Course: 32 CEC

National Board of Certification For Animal Acupressure and Massage  Approved for 14 hours CE credit, hands-on for the Weekend Seminar-Workshop

Equine Therapies Association of Australia  Approved Training Provider