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Asako Miyajima – Kobe (Japan)

MMCP

Website: http://www.equine-therapy.jp/

Email: etpartners@ce.em-net.ne.jp

Phone: (81) 789971563

As a child, I always wanted to be an equine vet, but you do not get much to do with horses in Japan, so I had to wait until I was an adult to become involved with horses. My initial interest was more about teaching riding, how you could get the best out of the horses and the riders in a lesson. After taking a course on Balance in Movement, I became more interested in the way of the horses, its dynamics and mechanisms, its psychology and behavior and the whole approach to the horses.
I wanted to learn more about horses, so I decided to study at British Columbia College of Equine Therapy and completed their 2-year Equine Sport Therapy Program. While I was on this program, I came across the book 'Beyond Horse Massage' while I was looking for a book about therapies. After reading the book, I tried the Bladder Meridian Technique on a Connemara gelding which I had on loan back then. I was very excited and impressed as he responded with repeated yawning and stretching.
Then I attended the Weekend Seminar which was held at a nearby farm in Vernon, B.C. Canada. I learned the techniques in more detail which I was not able to pick up from the book. Since then the Masterson Method has become an integral part of my bodywork. Now I treat 6 dressage and owner's horses from a riding club every month, and I treat lesson horses and trekking horses from nearby Riding School as a volunteer.
In Japan, the Masterson Method is not well known yet, but I believe Bladder Meridian is very effective bodywork which requires no knowledge of horse anatomy. The underlying philosophy and the way of thinking of the Masterson Method are close to that of Oriental medicine, and I think it will spread in Japan and Asia. I still need to build up my experience and hone certain skills, but I hope that I can contribute and be a help to the horses and horse lovers in Japan.