It has helped me understand the horses so much more and the health benefits that the horse can gain from this is truly amazing.
The workshop is extraordinarily valuable. It has proved insights that gentleness and relaxation can see excellent results. This course is highly recommended – and it’s fun!
I have just returned home after attending a 2 day seminar-workshop of Jim Masterson’ Integrated Equine Performance Bodywork. I had accidentally stumbled across this website very recently and had a light-bulb moment, thinking this could just possibly enhance my communication with my horses. I was particularly taken with the approach that it is the horse that communicates responses to what the practitioner offers through the lightest of touches – rather than imposing a blistering massage at full throttle, irrespective of what the horse may or may not be feeling!! I’ll be honest, I am an enthusiastic amateur with only a few years experience under my belt, so I didn’t want to take on a course that I would have to go to university to qualify to do the first phase, I wanted to test the waters as such before committing! So I blithely ordered the DVD to give myself half a chance of understanding what it was all about prior to enrolling on the seminar. I found Jim’s easy and fluid approach conducive to learning. He instils confidence to get going and use the techniques. I was astonished at the immediacy of the results on the equines, horses don’t lie! It takes as long as it does, the horse decides when he is ready to relinquish the tensions that can and do manifest themselves in all sorts of hidden ways, and I genuinely believe that this is a non stressful way to alleviate any discomfort that is or has been previously experienced and held in the body. Jim’s powers of observation on horses subtle reactions are a really invaluable new vocabulary for me and I certainly feel confident upon my return home to continue with the Masterson Method on my own with my three hunter-jumper-dressage horses. It also is a very pleasurable way of communicating via touch with your beloved horse, both parties gain from the experience and I am sure that it cements a greater bond of understanding and trusting connection between two species. I have already decided that I would like to learn more in greater depth and know that I will be returning to do the next phase. I just wish that I had known about this so much earlier. I thoroughly enjoyed how we were taught, the pleasant, non-competitive atmosphere throughout the course, the availability of help whether directly from Jim or any one of his trained assistants, I never felt for a moment that I couldn’t do what I was shown. I thought when I read the website initially, how brilliant that someone out there is aware of what the horse feels and can translate the various reactions to touch stimuli, thereby enabling and enhancing an ongoing communication with great benefits to overall equine good health both physically and mentally……….this introduction course greatly exceeded what I had hoped I would learn and gain from it. You cover a lot of ground quickly and easily on this seminar and out of all the courses and modalities advertised and available to us, I would really advocate going on this one. You certainly get exceptional value for your pennies! Bravo Jim and thank you.
I’m 14 years old and took Jim’s class. It is just so easy to understand and I would take the same class over again because you learn so much, as it’s almost too much to grasp in a weekend. Jim and his assistants are the best thanks!
I wanted to pass on my heartfelt thanks to the Masterson Method organization for the marvelous weekend clinic we just had in Dade City, FL. You must hear this all the time – but it was “simply the best”.
Although I came to the table (or I guess I should say “stable”) with minimal equestrian knowledge, I was welcomed and made to feel like a valued member of the learning process throughout the weekend. I felt very fortunate, especially at this VERY early stage in my learning, to have had the opportunity to meet and learn from the founder (although I’m sure, with the comprehensive certification you have, any of your certified instructors are impressive), as well as the added bonus of meeting and working with Lee, Sue and Yvonne. Jim’s quietly assured manner and openness, allowed me to feel at least a tiny bit confident in applying the methods, and the immediate responses from the horses were encouraging as well. It was really nice having so many helpers available, so you could either have a turn with one of them supervising, or at least always being at an arm’s reach away when we needed help. Dr. Peggy’s barn was such a warm and welcoming spot as well. Her horses provided both stability and a challenge.
Please pass along my thanks, Nancy, to Jim for allowing the program to be available to interested novices. Although I have a pretty lengthy background of human massage therapy (even including a former training clinic in Equissage), I am an admitted newcomer to the equestrian world. Had the prerequisites been too demanding, I would have lost heart about entering the field. Sort of like the old dilemma “How are you supposed to gain any experience, when ‘prior experience’ is required to get a job?” As it is now, I came home from my weekend Masterson Method course with renewed interest and inspiration to learn further.
Jim Masterson genuinely wants to share this knowledge with horse owners and students. It’s a pleasure (and fun) to attend his workshops and seminars and I always learn something new. I’m especially fond of watching as attendees find how effective and gentle this method truly is. The responses given by the horses are so rewarding that you can’t help but feel satisfaction in applying the gentle Masterson Method touch.
I gained valuable experience in reading, observing, and communicating with horses and watching them for signs of communicating with me.
The response from the horse, once he has learned to trust you and accept the technique, is worth 10 times the price of the course – 100 times!
Be ready to learn a lot! Even if you’ve reviewed your materials ahead of time, there is a lot of new stuff!
The instruction was very informative and the presentation was excellent. Instructors were very hands on and patient.