Equine Massage Scotland

Bruno relaxing massage on the hindquarters stretching for a carrot firm stroking a relaxing stretch click to enlarge

Debbie Joy   EThPK, DSM, DIHM

Debbie's Qualifications and Training in Equine Massage

Cloudy showing curiousity about his first massage

Debbie's passion for equine massage started when she saw the effects on her own horse and a long-held ambition to work with horses and help them became a real goal.

As a preparation she qualified as a Swedish Massage Therapist, the foundation of massage training, and started work with people in early 2010. This enabled her to develop her skills and techniques, and her awareness of the body's response to touch, gaining insight as her clients were able to tell her how the massage felt, and how they had been since the last session. What started as a step towards horse massage has become a vocation in itself as Debbie enjoys and continues to develop her human work, adding Indian Head Massage to her skill set and learning hands-free techniques.

Debbie's year-long training in Equine Massage, Anatomy and Physiology was completed in March 2012. The course included intensive residential modules, theoretical studies and detailed hands-on case studies on a range of horses and ponies. It was exciting to discover how responsive horses are to her massage and their ability to communicate and co-operate throughout the process. Lack of verbal feedback is not an issue!

She has now begun providing horse massage in, around and beyond Aberdeenshire.


18/04/2012Diploma in Equine Massage, Anatomy and PhysiologyPat Ki Equine Therapies School of Massage
21/11/2010Masterclass in Hands-free MassageRonnie Allan
10/10/2010Diploma in Indian Head MassageScottish Massage Schools
11/04/2010Diploma in Swedish MassageScottish Massage Schools
June 1996BSc (Hons) in Health Studies (first class)Robert Gordon University
Sept 1981Diploma of the College of Occupational TherapyYork St John University

Membership of organisations

Scottish Massage Therapists Organisation British Horse Society Deeside and District Riding Club

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