CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Devon Life today CLICK HERE

Horse and dog massage classes - online from Devon

PUBLISHED: 13:01 08 August 2014

Equine massage helps relieve muscle tension and promote bonding.

Equine massage helps relieve muscle tension and promote bonding.

Archant

Devon horsewoman Nikki Routledge has developed a new way to learn massage for horses and dogs online

Equine massage helps relieve muscle tension and promote bonding. Yawning is an indication that this horse is relaxed and enjoying his massage.Equine massage helps relieve muscle tension and promote bonding. Yawning is an indication that this horse is relaxed and enjoying his massage.

Horsewoman Nikki Routledge, from South Molton, has developed a new and practical way to learn how to massage your horse or dog via a series of online courses.

The courses give valuable instruction to owners who want to help their animals. Massage is an established and well recognised therapy for muscular discomfort and strain, but the application of massage has so many other benefits too, and animals can benefit as much as humans. The psychological effect of a massage can help reduce stress and tension and promote bonding between the animal and owner.

Nikki, a qualified McTimoney Animal Practitioner who has developed the new courses, has worked for 12 years as an animal therapist teaching her clients how to massage their horses and dogs for maximum benefit.

Drawing on her wealth of experience in animal therapy consultations and instruction in animal massage skills, Nikki has produced the online courses to enable all horse and dog owners to learn more about assessing their own animals and to apply basic effective massage.

“There are times when an animal needs a professional to assess their condition and apply the necessary therapeutic treatment, but there is a huge amount an owner can do as well. I have had cases where I am sure the benefits of a daily gentle massage by the owner of an animal have improved the animal’s health and well-being beyond that expected.” says Nikki.

Applicants start with a basic six week online massage course which teaches the essentials. This course is suitable for all horse and dog owners. Then for those who wish to learn more, there are further courses to develop your massage skills and knowledge particularly for competition animals, and those who do have long term injuries or conditions which cause them to compensate.

Nikki has also introduced a module focussing on developing the bond between animal and owner, using her BSc (Hons) in Psychology.

The online courses are delivered through access to online classrooms where videos and tutorials are available to students. There is the opportunity for students to ask questions and post videos in order to help perfect the techniques.

Courses are each six weeks long and students have eight weeks total to complete, guided by tasks and notes given at the start of each week with a two week period of consolidation at the end.

Students enter an online classroom enabling you to ask questions and post back videos for assessment and feedback if you wish, as if you were in an actual classroom.

The online classrooms are private and only available to those students studying the course at that time, so remain confidential too. Comments, questions and videos are not made public.

An introductory price of £40 is offered for the level 1 course, and Equine and Canine level 1 courses will commence in August. Students can enrol at any time. Visit horsesanddogs.co.uk for further information and to complete a course application form to enrol.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Devon Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Devon Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Devon Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from People

Wed, 11:54

In the latest in her series throughout 2018 profiling inspirational women, KATE HASKELL talks to England Women’s Cricket Captain, Heather Knight

Read more
Wed, 11:44

Actor Tom Burke talks to JUDI SPIERS about his production of Don Carlos staged by his own theatre company Ara, in association with Exeter’s Northcott Theatre

Read more
Friday, October 26, 2018

There is more to Georgia Toffolo than an award-winning TV show, as HOLLY EELLS discovers

Read more
Friday, October 26, 2018

Striving to be the best in the world, homegrown Devon professional squash player Lyell Fuller is seeking sponsorship to help reach his goal. KATE WILLAMS finds out more

Read more
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Tavistock Rugby Club in Devon is celebrating after being awarded a grant of £2,500 to fund private showers for referees at their Sandy Park ground, as part of rural energy provider Calor’s annual funding scheme

Read more
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Devon’s Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, also known as The Black Farmer, tells KATE WILLIAMS about his new book, Jeopardy, encouraging the embracing of risk to enrich life

Read more
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

As five members of Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton celebrate 125 years of collective volunteering, we look back on their time with the organisation

Read more
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

CAROLYN SEAGER reveals how long after her mother’s death she discovered her amazing career in the service of her country

Read more
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

An author known for her novels depicting life on the Channel Islands is nonetheless happiest writing from home here in Devon

Read more
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Fig Tree Court is a development of 14 apartments in Tiverton for retired and semi- retired over-55s with gorgeous views over the Grand Western Canal

Read more
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Alex Green goes behind the scenes on the Dartington Hall Estate to find a community of artists, makers, farmers, and social entrepreneurs living out the legacy of its founders

Read more
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Many people know of award-winning Roly’s Fudge, but do they know how much hard work and business insight goes into making it?

Read more
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Topsham businessmen Steve Williams and Pete Woodham-Kay take an ethical stance on eating meat | Photos: Nick Hook

Read more
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

As llama love grips the nation, we meet a Dartmoor couple who have spent the last 11 years making them their livelihood | Words: Lydia Tewkesbury

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy



Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Subscribe or buy a mag today


subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search