Shelley was born and raised in California but now lives in the beautiful state of Colorado with her husband, 4 horses, 3 kitties and dog. Her 23 acre ranch is just outside of Denver near the mountain community of Evergreen. Shelley was an interior design consultant before moving to Colorado. Unlike many of the other Masterson Method Certified Practitioners, Shelley's new love of horses came much later in her life. Once being exposed to these magnificent animals, Shelley knew that her life was forever changed in a wonderful and healing way.
Jackson a former Hunter-Jumper is the reason Shelley started on this new journey of bodywork and massage for horses. Jackson, her husband's horse had taken a terrible fall and Shelley was searching for anything that could help the animal to recover. She engaged chiropractors, acupuncturists and reiki masters to help Jackson, but nothing seemed to work. Shelley then discovered Jim Masterson's DVD "Equine Massage." After working on Jackson she knew she had to learn more. She then called Jim's office and made arrangements to attend the first available weekend class.
After completing the weekend class, Shelley knew her heart's desire and calling was to help other horses. Shelley has a deep love and great sensitivity for all animals and has gone on to become a Masterson Method Certified Practitioner and works at helping horses to feel the comfort of less restriction and more ease of motion. She is also continuing her education with Equine Cranial Sacral work as well. Shelley works on her four rescue horses and donates much of her time at horse rescues and other non-profit organizations and looks forward to serving her equine community, whether it be a high performance horse or a backyard pony or a pasture mate.
According to Shelley, "We as practitioners have the opportunity to help these animals to feel less restriction and more freedom of movement and the animal senses we are there to help them. In turn we as practitioners are also given a wonderful gift from the horse that helps us heal from within."
"They call them dumb animals for they cannot tell us how they feel, but they do not suffer less because they have no words."