Course Information and Curriculum
“Equissage is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing
education Approved Provider. Both the equine and canine programs provide 50 hours of continuing education."
THE ACCUMULATING DATA OF SCIENCE CONTINUES TO SUPPORT THE BONDING AND THERAPEUTIC SUPERIORITY OF HANDS-
ON ANIMAL/HUMAN MASSAGE INTERACTION OVER THOSE MODALITIES WHICH INCORPORATE THE USE OF ANXIETY-
GENERATING, ALIEN MECHANICAL DEVICES".
-World Federation of Alternative Therapies
To ensure that our students are receiving the most thorough, complete curriculum available. Firmly hold to the offering of our
curriculum at our facility at a reasonable and fair cost. In doing so, we will make the therapy more accessible to those wanting to
pursue a career as a Certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist. This gives more and more Equine Athletes the opportunity to be
freed of pain and tension through the amazing power of touch and the Equissage Therapy.
Equissage was founded and incorporated in 1989 by certified (Human) Massage Therapist, Mary A. Schreiber. Mary became
interested in using massage on animals, and specifically horses, as a result of the outstanding benefits she saw on human clients.
At the time that she started Equissage, Mary was operating a horse-boarding stable in Bucks County, PA. and was actively
competing in regional Western Pleasure Shows. As she began to witness first hand the effectiveness of the therapy on her own
horses, she decided to market her equine massage service at local racetracks. The results were remarkable. Horses that hadn't
finished in the money in over a year were starting to win, and horses that had been given up on were back working and racing
competitively. At the same time, she also began working on show horses at many of the shows at which she was competing. The
results were the same...horses were performing better than they had in years, and muscle injuries were healing faster than
owners and trainers believed possible.
As a result, Mary was besieged with requests to start teaching the therapy to others. Trainers, owners and riders were all
interested in learning this wonderful "new" therapy.
Thus was born the Equissage Certificate Program in Equine Sports Massage Therapy. It was to be the first such program in the
world. And since 1992, Equissage has graduated more than 10,000 Equine Sports Massage Therapists, from every state and 19
different countries around the world. Many graduates work for the very top echelon of owners and trainers...both in the racing
world, as well as on the show circuit. Some have been selected to work with the US Equestrian team at the Olympics, while others
have worked on winners of Triple Crown Races.
Sabrina Kohoutek, one of Mary’s top graduates has been chosen by Mary to bring Equissage from the East Coast all the way to the
West Coast. You will receive the same curriculum, coursework and certification now in Valley Center, California as in Round Hill,
Virginia. For more information on the Equissage California Certification program please see our Course information and schedule
Regarding Vet Laws
We have received many inquiries from prospective students regarding veterinary regulations in various states, including
Virginia. While these laws do exist none have been enforced. The reason: When a person wants a massage, he or she does not need
permission from a doctor, nor does the therapist need to get permission from a doctor before performing a massage. Massage is
not veterinary medicine nor is it human medicine. If a COURT were to rule on this law, it would most likely and logically be