Light to the Core Course

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Are you interested in profoundly affecting the deepest interconnections of the horse’s body? Would you like to delve deeper into the light-touch techniques taught in Jim Masterson’s Light to the Core video?

In this new hands-on course, you will learn subtle, gentle, simple bodywork that has the ability to profoundly affect the deepest interconnections of the horse’s body. The principle of staying under the bracing response of the horse is the foundation of Masterson Method bodywork. Light to the Core is the subtlest demonstration of this.

This course is for any horse owner or handler; no knowledge of anatomy is required and you will not be picking up the horse’s legs. Light to the Core is also suitable and beneficial for students on up to the most experienced practitioners of The Masterson Method.

The prerequisite for this course is to have reviewed and practiced a handful of the techniques demonstrated in the Light to the Core video.

Successful completion of this course DOES NOT fulfill the prerequisite for our Advanced 5-Day Course; you must take the Beyond Horse Massage Weekend Course if you wish to go on to the Advanced 5-Day Course. However, this course will enrich your understanding of the power of light touch techniques and enhance all levels of learning and proficiency in The Masterson Method.

About the Light to the Core Course

Light to the Core Course Dates

 

Courses are added to our schedule throughout the year. If you find a course that works for you and has openings, we recommend registering as soon as possible. Our courses fill quickly. If a course is FULL, email  to be added to a course waitlist.

USA

June 22-23, 2024 Victor, ID with Kalin Finsand

July 27-28, 2024 Seneca, SC with Carla Ball

August 3-4, 2024 Sedalia, CO with Carla Ball

October 13-14, 2024 Auburn, CA with Kalin Finsand (Sun-Mon course)

October 19-20, 2024 Lyons, GA with Sandy Vreeburg

October 26-27, 2024 Kiowa, CO with Julie Steorts

November 9-10, 2024 Arroyo Grande, CA with Amelia Nalli

Canada

June 22-23, 2024 Almonte, ON with Kathryn Reid

July 27-28, 2024 Newtonville, ON with Kathryn Reid

August 17-18, 2024 Saint-Nicolas, QC with Sylvie Vallières (in French) 

September 21-22, 2024 Paquetville, NB with Sylvie Vallières (in French) 

October 19-20, 2024 Langley, BC with Lori Hoppe

Europe

November 16-17, 2024 Rzęszyce, Poland with Vicky Devlin (in English with Polish translation)

UK

Lori Hoppe demonstrating light touch techniques

Day 1 — Course begins at 9am

Course 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.

Techniques covered on Day 1 focus on the light-touch Search-Response-Stay-Release techniques throughout the body, covering the key junctions that most affect performance. Techniques are first demonstrated, then students practice on horses with individual hands-on help from the Instructor, and then we re-group to ask/answer questions and review/discuss the results of the technique. We break for lunch and have short morning and afternoon breaks.

At the end of Day 1, the Instructor will provide a whole-horse demonstration, blending in some of the Light to the Core techniques taught in this course.

Day 2 — Course Continues at 9am

We follow the same learning format as on Day 1, with an emphasis on the subtle movement techniques, and completing a whole-horse session. Techniques are first demonstrated, then students practice on horses with individual hands-on help from the Instructor, and then we re-group to ask/answer questions and review/discuss the results of the technique. We break for lunch and have short morning and afternoon breaks.

On Day 2, students will also learn how to assess what techniques are best suited to any given horse, and then do a whole-horse session, practicing select techniques based on their assessment of what that particular horse needs. This way, the student will review and practice a full bodywork session on a horse prior to going home.

Light to the Core Course Prerequisite

The prerequisite for this course is to view the Light to the Core video and to try out some of the techniques prior to attending. If you do not currently have this video (DVD or streaming option), you can add it to your cart when you register for the Light to the Core Course.

Note that students will not be working on their own horse during this course, even if their horse lives at the host barn. However, you’ll be able to apply all that you’ve learned to your own horse afterwards!

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