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 and only moderate physical strength is required. You’ll leave happy you’ve 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 Beyond Horse Massage book and/or DVD 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

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January 11-12, 2022  Watsonville, CA Light to the Core seminar

January 15-16, 2022  Wickenburg, AZ with Coralie Hughes

January 22-23, 2022  Tucson, AZ with Vanessa Helvey

February 12-13, 2022  Palm City, FL with Leslie Brooks

February 19-20, 2022  Wickenburg, AZ with Coralie Hughes

February 26-27, 2022  Watsonville, CA with Sandy Vreeburg

March 19-20, 2022  Salado, TX with Kelly Jefferson

March 26-27, 2022  Flemington, NJ with Leslie Brooks

March 26-27, 2022  Louisburg, NC with Sandy Vreeburg

April 2-3, 2022  Vincent, OH

April 23-24, 2022  Bloomington, IN with Coralie Hughes

April 23-24, 2022  New Boston, MI with Fran Cilella

May 28-29, 2022  Kalispell, MT with Laura Faber-Morris


April 23-24, 2022  Granby, QC taught in French with Sylvie Vallières 

April 24-25, 2022  Lake Country, BC with Lori Hoppe *Note this is a Sunday-Monday course  

May 5-6, 2022  Campbellcroft, ON Light to the Core seminar

June 4-5, 2022  Saint-Nicolas, QC taught in French with Sylvie Vallières 

August 12-13, 2022  Campbell River, BC with Lori Hoppe 

Europe & UK

December 9-10, 2021  Hibbat Zion, Israel taught in Hebrew & English with Nikki Kagan

March 26-27, 2022  Uddel, NL taught in Dutch with Masja Fick

March 26-27, 2022  Horley, UK with Vicky Devlin

April 2-3, 2022  Egestorf, DE taught in German with Walter Saxe

April 23-24, 2022  Cheshire, UK with Vicky Devlin

May 21-22, 2022  Meerbusch, DE taught in German with Walter Saxe

June 18-19, 2022  South Lanarkshire, Scotland with Vicky Devlin

July 16-17, 2022  Hertfordshire, UK with Vicky Devlin

September 17-18, 2022  Hanum, DE taught in German with Walter Saxe

October 15-16, 2022  Quakenbrück, DE taught in German with Walter Saxe

Australia & New Zealand

December 11-12, 2021  Cambridge, NZ with Nadine Vollmerg

March 26-27, 2022  Christchurch, NZ with Nadine Vollmerg

South Africa

(Nothing scheduled at this time. Please check back periodically or join our monthly email newsletter for updates.)

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