Frequently Asked Questions
What policies and precautionary measures do you have in place for Covid-19?
The situation with Covid-19 is constantly changing and I am monitoring it closely. The policies and precautions I am taking are based on recommendations from Alberta Health Services as well as what is being enforced by each facility. I am working close with facility owners to ensure their rules are being followed and respected. I have masks on hand if necessary and have taken extra steps to further disinfect all tools, clothing, boots and equipment. More frequent hand washing has been implemented. All session forms are sent electronically to reduce contact. I ask that if you are feeling unwell that you take precautions and stay home. If you wish to have someone present (or you yourself present) for your horse's session we will make other arrangements. OUR CANCELLATION POLICY IS NOT CURRENTLY IN EFFECT. The safety of our clients and their horses has always been a top priority for Equiworx.
What modalities are included in Equiworx sessions?
I am trained in advanced equine massage, soft tissue mobilization, stretching, Neurokinetic Therapy muscle testing and activation protocols, kinesiotaping, conditioning and both human and equine reiki.
Why is the team approach so important to Equiworx?
Equiworx is a firm believer in being better together! Veterinarians go to school for a number of years and have a wealth of knowledge I only wish I had. Farriers are a huge part of the puzzle - the saying "no hoof, no horse" is a real deal! Chiropractors, Osteopaths, Physiotherapists, Nutritionists... the list goes on. I can't and won't ever know everything, no matter how hard I try. I will ALWAYS look to other professionals for their expertise, advice and to brainstorm on client issues. The team approach to wellness is not only better for us, but it benefits the horse immensely when we all work together to a common goal. Professional athletes have full teams behind them, why shouldn't your equine athlete?
Where did you get your certifications?
Equinology Equine Body Worker certification (EEBW) - Equinology (via the Canadian Institute of Equine and Canine Bodyworks)
Neurokinetic Therapy (Equine) (NKTE) - NeuroKinetic Therapy
Kinesiotaping - RockTape FMT Equine
Equine Exercise Physiology (Conditioning) - University of Guelph
Level I Reiki & Animal Reiki - Divine Equine (A Voice for the Unvoiced) - Master Reiki Healer, Lisa Elliott
If you determine my horse is not fit for bodywork or conditioning is there a charge?
Yes. Not all horses are ready for bodywork or conditioning, which is the reason the initial evaluation before any session is so important. While going over your horse from head to toe, I may find something that signals to me that we need to get a vet involved. Don't worry, this happens! In this case, I will still provide you with a full evaluation of what I found so you can share it with your vet (if you want) and keep it on file. I however will not continue with a bodywork or conditioning session, so you will only be charged $40 for the evaluation plus your mileage.
Do you mentor other bodyworkers? How does someone mentor with you?
You bet! I'm always happy to help anyone in the industry gain their footing or expand their knowledge. Just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll find a day for you to come out!
Do you have certain vets you work with?
Yes and no! There are definitely vets I end up working with more often than others, but I'm open to working with any equine professional especially when its in the best interests of the horse.
Why do you refer to other professionals? Doesn't that hurt your business?
As I stated in the Team Approach section, there are certain things other professionals are just suited to better than I am. Everyone has their strengths and I'm not afraid to admit when something is either out of my scope of practice or a little over my head. That doesn't mean your horse will never need another massage or that I'm sending you away hoping to never see you again. I just know we're stronger as a team and in the end the horse wins, which is the ultimate goal. I'm not worried about it hurting my business. I'm worried about the proper methods being used to get your horse to it's full potential.
Why are you always taking courses? Isn't one certification enough to work?
Again, yes and no! We are (unfortunately) a very unregulated industry, so a base course in equine massage allows you to work. However, Equiworx has full indemnity insurance, under the IEBWA, which requires me to fulfil a certain number of continuing education hours every year to keep my status and insurance coverage. Not only that, but I LOVE to learn. Every book I open, seminar I attend, ride-along I do, professional I speak to and course I take makes me a better bodyworker. Why wouldn't I be the best I can possibly be for you and your equine athlete?
Why is Reiki not listed under your sessions and pricing?
Reiki is something I don't do on it's own at this time, although it definitely can be! Horse's are very sensitive to energy and I prefer to incorporate it into any session as needed. Most of the time, you won't even know it's happening, but your horse does! Consider it a nice little perk for no extra charge.
How do I know when you're going to be in my area or at an event?
You can send an email to email@example.com with your name and location and we'll be sure to add you to the notification list for that area! You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram or check our event calendar.
What do you charge for mileage?
$5/15 min of travel round trip within 2 hours of Crossfield, Alberta. For any inquiries outside of this radius please contact prior to booking to make arrangements.
Do you work on people?
I do not do bodywork on people. I do have a long list of human professionals in my contacts that I'm happy to recommend based on your needs though! Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with what area you're in and I'll be sure to put you in touch with someone who can help you.
Do you work on dogs?
Although they are very similar, dogs and horses do have some differences and I am not certified in canine bodywork at this time. I have a number of canine contacts as well, so just send me an email at email@example.com and I'll hook you up with someone to help your furry friend!
Do you have a cancellation policy?
Yes, although as of right now it's very lenient. Only no shows or day-of cancellations will be charged half their session cost plus mileage. I get it, things happen. All I ask is that you're respectful of my time and be mindful of the fact another client who didn't get in that day could have had that spot.
Why are you focused on rodeo? Do you work with other disciplines?
I definitely work with other disciplines! Jumpers, dressage, cutters, ranch versatility, race horses... you name it! I chose to focus on rodeo athletes because it's what I grew up around, it's my "bread and butter", I guess you could say. It's what I know most about and where I feel I can make the biggest impact through education and awareness. The strength and versatility of an equine rodeo athlete will never cease to amaze me.
Is your profession physically taxing?
I won't lie, it definitely can be! One thing I loved about my foundation bodywork course through Equinology is that they not only teach you the ins and outs of the horse, but they're also VERY adamant about being mindful of your own biomechanics and positioning while working on a horse. Not doing things with intention and without the proper technique can definitely wear on you over time. I'm also very conscious of making sure I take care of myself in a number of ways including strength training, yoga, nutrition, physiotherapy, massage and so on. I wear wrist braces or tape my wrists and use tools where I can to take some of the workload off my hands. Taking care of your body is SO important, your career literally depends on it. Not to mention you should probably practice what you preach right?
You do conditioning sessions. Does that mean you train horses?
No! I am NOT a horse trainer (I leave that to the professionals!). Conditioning and training are two different things; 'conditioning' is focused on increasing the fitness of the horse so their body systems (think respiratory, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal) are capable of competing at the level you're asking of them, where as 'training' is learning the technical aspects and movements required by a specific sport or discipline. A good athlete needs to develop both! The conditioning programs I create are for you and your horse to do at home to improve how the horse performs physiologically. I highly recommend combining this with bodywork sessions for top equine athletes. If you want your horse to perform like an athlete, treat them like one!
I'm interested in collaborating. How do I contact you?
Awesome! Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org , tell me a little about yourself and what you have in mind!