Beyond Horse Massage Weekend Seminar-Workshop

The Masterson Method® Weekend Seminar-Workshop is the next practical step to take after reading/viewing the Beyond Horse Massage Book and 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. These techniques have been successfully taught to hundreds of owners, therapists and trainers worldwide, enabling them to open new levels of communication and relationship with their horses.

Why attend a Masterson Method® Beyond Horse Massage, Weekend Seminar-Workshop?

  • Learning the “feel” of release through hands-on-hands instruction.
  • Learning to read the horse. The horse has to participate in the method for it to work.
  • Learning the techniques. The techniques learned in this workshop have been used successfully by Jim Masterson on thousands of equine competitors, including horses that compete in FEI Nation’s Cup, Pan American, World Championship and World Equestrian Games events.
  • The most valuable aspect of this workshop is the improved relationship and communication that develops as a result of this work with the horse.

Weekend Seminar Outline

Day 1 — 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 of demonstrations; hands-on instruction and review/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.

Prerequisite reading/viewing prior to workshop: Beyond Horse Massage, DVD and Book.

This is a hands-on workshop. Students must be prepared to pick up all four of the horse’s feet and must be comfortable in a stall with an unknown horse.  Because of this, all students in the Weekend Workshop must have a good grasp of basic horsemanship as a prerequisite for the safety of the student and for the safety of other participants in the course.

Planning to go on to the Advanced 5-Day?

If you plan to continue on in your learning by attending an Advanced 5-Day, the prerequisite is to have completed the Home Study Course.   Go to the Store for more details:  Beyond Home Study Course.  Note:  When you register for a Beyond Horse Massage Weekend Seminar-Workshop, and purchase the Home Study Course at the same time, it comes at a significant discount.

Go to the Weekend Seminar-Workshop Course Calendar

We are accredited and approved through the follow organizations:

National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork Organization (NCBTMB) for 14 Continuing Education Credits.

Irish Massage Therapists Association (IMTP) for 40 Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Points.

International Institute for Complementary Therapists Approved Training Provider

Equine Therapies Association of Australia Approved Training Provider

Without a doubt, Jim Masterson’s work is AMAZING! It is gentle, effective and strengthens the bond and communication between you and your horse. His method directly complements what I do while training. For me, it’s the perfect combination of both ‘physical therapy’ from the ground and from the saddle.

JANE SAVOIE Three-Time Olympic Coach, Speaker, Clinician, and US Dressage Team Alternate