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Equine Assisted Mindfulness Practice, 4 CE hours

NCBTMB Approved Provider #1235

NEXT CLASS:  April 29, 2017

LOCATION: Pittsboro, NC

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  April 15, 2017

FEE: $125

As massage therapists, we are committed to providing the highest quality of care to our clients.  This includes showing up fully present for each and every session.  What is mindfulness?  How can we measure it?

In working with both humans and horses, I enjoy having the lessons learned from one species reinforced by the other.  With the realization that my work with horses necessitated an ongoing high level of mindfulness, I was inspired to develop this class.

By connecting with horses, participants in this class will learn to deepen their mindfulness skills, learn to notice subtle body language cues, and work within their clients’ comfort zones. The resulting improved quality of touch will encourage cooperation and diminish both physical and mental resistance to their work.

Because horses are prey animals, developing a working relationship with them requires a high level of presence and sensitivity.  Horses will read a person’s intent and energy from a hundred yards away, and mirror that energy back to them.  Becoming attuned to the fact that the conversation begins long before physical contact is made invites acceptance and connection.  In order to have a successful touch-based encounter with a horse, humans must be present and mindful of their own energy. 

Horses will not tolerate insensitivity and mindlessness, and by walking away from such “conversations”, they provide an unbiased critique of the quality of their handlers’ focus.  Students experiencing the effects first-hand of greater mindfulness will recognize the importance of this skill.  In this four-hour class, horses will give non-verbal but clear feedback on participants’ abilities to be present, centered, and mindful, and guide them toward achieving optimal therapeutic connection. Students will leave having embodied an honest measurement of their own levels of these necessary foundational skills.

No prior experience with horses is necessary; all work will be from the ground and will be closely supervised for safety.

Participants are required to wear closed-toe shoes.  Insect repellant and sunscreen are recommended.  Please refrain from wearing perfumes or essential oils, as horses are quite sensitive to them.  Participants will be required to sign a liability waiver, stating that they understand and accept the inherent risks of working with live animals.  Participants must arrive on time and remain for the duration of the class in order to receive continuing education credits.