The Best job in the world…….
Working as an Equine Sports Massage Therapist is the ultimate career for a practical and empathetic person keen to understand how to improve the horse’s performance to optimum levels with massage therapy. Knowing that you have helped your client team to achieve their personal best – whether that be at the World Championships or a local show – is a hugely gratifying feeling. The Level 3 Diploma in Equine Sports Massage trains therapists to the highest standards to be the counted among the best in the industry. Therapists have the privilege of working with a huge variety of clients and horses across all levels and disciplines, and become an integral part of the horse/rider healthcare team.
The Diploma course qualifies graduates to join the Equine Sports Massage Association (ESMA) – the most well established and foremost Association of its kind. The training is also accredited by the Animal Health Professions Register (AHPR). Graduates of the course are generally self employed, can manage their time flexibly, may have the opportunity of working on horses at competition or at yards …. and are qualified to work on the rider too, so provide a genuinely comprehensive service. What’s not to like??
But it’s tough…….
Training to join the Equine Sports Massage Association starts with the Open Awards Level 3 Diploma in Equine Sports Massage Therapy (RQF) delivered by Animal Therapy Solutions Ltd.
The training takes place over a minimum of 8 months, with intakes commencing both September and March. Students attend monthly 2-day tutorial, lecture and practical sessions to ensure they remain on track with progress. Each cohort of students progresses through the whole course together which means that they benefit from peer support throughout the demanding, thorough and rigorously examined training process. Tutorial and pastoral support is also offered by our dedicated team who want all students to achieve their best. ATSL recognises the personal, financial and time commitment made by students to achieve the Diploma but offers reassurance that successful graduates are amongst the most highly regarded within their field. We know our students are dedicated to their chosen vocation and we do our utmost to help them succeed.
Helen Tompkins, who leads the ATSL training, currently fulfils tutor/lecture roles for MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy programmes in several Universities, in addition to offering clinical placements for veterinary science and physiotherapy students. Experienced external lecturers also contribute to the L3 Dip ESM delivery to maintain the highest quality of up to date training.
Equine Sports Massage Therapy
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