Equine Massage Therapy Certification
New class starting November 17-18, 2023
Class will be held over 3 weekends spanning over several months to allow practice hours on your own. Our first weekend will be starting November 17-18, 2023 and final weekend will be in April 2024
100 CE hours
Date of first class: November 10th-11th
Pre-registration due by Nov 1st
Please contact our office at 256-306-0444 and ask for Larry or Beth Friedrichs. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Students learn the skills necessary to perform a full body assessment and massage treatment incorporating effleurage, petrissage, tapotement, friction, vibration, trigger point, stress point, and myofascial release techniques on the horse. Home exercises focusing on core activation are also demonstrated and practiced.
Relaxation of muscle spasms
Reduced muscle stiffness and soreness
Reduced muscle swelling
Increased flexibility, range of motion and stride length
Sixty percent of a horse’s body mass is muscle, so proper muscle health is essential to a horse’s overall health and performance. Massage increases circulation, delivering fresh oxygen to all body parts, and helps loosen “knots”—muscle fibers that are contracted due to overuse or injury—so the horse’s muscles can work more efficiently. When a muscle becomes over-worked or strained, general stiffness may result initially. If left untreated, it can lead to strain on adjacent muscle tissue, connective tissue and tendons. Addressing these issues early on can help prevent more serious injuries from occurring.
Larry Friedrichs has been a "human" massage therapist for over 30 years and an Equine massage therapist for over 20 years. He was the first Licensed Equine Massage Therapist in Alabama. He has owned and loved horses his entire life and has been involved in many disciplines. He is currently serving as Vice President of the Alabama Morgan Horse Club and is owner of Massage Therapy Institute in Decatur, Alabama.