"I can not even begin to
thank you enough for your instruction and guidance during my Equissage
NE NY certification course. It was a wonderful experience, and I feel so
honored to have had the privilege to learn from the best! As a young
entrepreneur in the equine industry, I know how important it is to
surround myself with the right people. I am truly grateful to have found
Doris, your love of horses shines through in everything that you do.
Whether we were going over diagrams and notes, or discussing massage
techniques in the barn, it was always apparent that you love what you do
and take great pride in your work. What you teach, it is much more than
equine massage; it is a way to open up your mind and listen to what the
horse will tell you. You have taught me to be more in-tune, clearer, and
more connected to the horse; making me a better rider, and trainer,
equine massage therapist and horsewoman. Thank you.
Ron, your enthusiasm is
contagious. You are truly a master of your art. I will never look at a
horse's movement the same way as I used to. It is truly incredible to
look at all the individual pieces of the horse, independently,
separately. Then connect the dots, pull it together, and watch die
movement of the horse perfectly as a whole... as a work of art. You have
made me love being a student again, knowing there is always more to
learn, that the quest for knowledge never stops. Thank you.
Please keep in touch and let me know of any upcoming clinics, workshops,
or further certification courses! I will be the first one to sign up."
"Equissage NE/NY is a
comprehensive, well designed ESM course for anyone who is interested in
developing a solid skill set that will serve as the cornerstone of their
massage therapy practice.
The classroom work as
well as the hands on experience is thorough and complete without
sacrificing time to explore additional topics that would be appropriate
for some students, but not others.
I came to Equissage well
prepared to complete the certification, and was thrilled that Doris and
Ron were able to tailor a program for me that allowed us to delve deeper
into the additional techniques used in the industry. I came away with a
confidence and excitement that was generated by their enthusiasm as well
as knowledge. (I was even lucky enough to get a client the day I returned
home. She was thrilled with what I was able to see and feel in her horse.)
One of the other special
features of this particular program is the class size. The best way to
learn is to have an instructor with you at all times while you are
practicing, and the NE/NY facility allows for this “one on one” kind of
Overall, it was a
fabulous experience and I can’t imagine a better way to teach this skill
to trainees. Thank you, Doris and Ron, for imparting your knowledge and
sharing plenty of laughs along the way!"
Liz Dollinger, ESMT
Wappingers Falls, NY
"There are so many
positive aspects about the Equissage NE / NY certification process. A
hallmark of the program is the personal attention and extensive hands-on
experience that students receive. The additional modalities discussed and
practiced help prepare students for equine sports massage in the “real
Doris and Ron’s tag-team
approach to classroom and hands-on learning is seamless—each student
benefits from their individual and combined expertise. The “Weekender”
class is great in that by splitting up the course between two weekends,
students are afforded the opportunity to practice and assimilate the
massage sequence during the week."
Janet Colantuono, CESMT,
Yoga for Riders Instructor
"Training to become a
certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist at Equissage NE / NY was one of
the most rewarding experiences of my life. I enthusiastically recommend
this course to anyone who is interested in improving the well-being of
Doris and Ron are
experienced, patient, and thorough teachers who guide their students to
become ESMTs who will have the best interests of the horse, always, as the
Tony Greco, ESMT
Horse Sense Equine Massage
"This program was
wonderful. Doris and Ron love horses and that love comes out through
their teaching. It was an intense course so, come prepared to work hard
all week. After the course I felt prepared to start massaging horses and
am now volunteering at a rescue facility, massaging horses there."
Arlene Dorischild, LMT, ESMT
New Moon Massage Therapy
Cherry Valley, MA
"I would love to write
you guys a testimonial, but right now, my brain hurts too much. Let me
e-mail you something. I did it!!!!!!!"
Angela Jones, ESMT
E. Hartford, CT
enjoyed the Equine Sports Massage Therapy program provided by Doris &
Ron Bouchard of Equissage - New England / New
The material was
presented in an organized and systematic way that pulled everything
together nicely and made it easy to learn. The practical work was
explained and demonstrated very well. The class work was detailed but
explained clearly. Time was set aside for clarification of any material
Doris and Ron were warm
and welcoming as well as professional and informative.
I would recommend this
certification program to anyone interested in learning to perform Equine
Sports Massage Therapy."
Martine Miner, CLMT,
"Thank you so much
for taking such great care of my horse Ginger. Though I have not
been able to ride her as often as I would like, both L. E., my
trainer, and my husband Scott, her previously designated rider, say
she is wonderfully loose, relaxed and balanced.
I'm thrilled with her care. It has been rewarding and a pleasure to
see Ginger thrive with this fabulous attention. You both have played
a major roll in establishing Ginger's athletic comfort zone."
"My experience at
Equissage – New England / New York exceeded all my expectations. The
course was held in a relaxed setting with as much one-on-one attention
as you wanted or needed. The horses were not “text book” in their
reactions to massage as one might have expected (you still had to pay
attention to them), however they were very well mannered and sensitive
Doris and Ron gave from
their heart their knowledge. You knew from the very moment you met them
that they loved what they do and believe whole heartedly in the miracles
that massage can perform when done properly. It was a very rewarding
Equine Sports Therapies