I just returned from a 2 day hands on clinic with Jim Masterson and simply can't say enough good things about this clinic.
I learned SO much-and I mean SO much.
I saw and felt things I never could have imagined had I not been RIGHT there.
Talk about lightness to get release!
I just wanted to share in case anyone is interested in an educational clinic that equips owners with a wonderful foundation to help horses with the basics of body work.
They do offer a full certification program that is, of course, more in depth. The 2 day seminar however is pleny full of information to keep the horse owner BUSY for a good while!
Can you elaborate a little more about what was so awesome about the techniques? Or what type of horse/problems would most benefit from them?
I'm looking into getting massage work done on my OTTB mare who has a lot of body issues. There are two main practitioners in the area, one who does the masterson method and one who does the typical deep tissue massage. I've heard equally good things about them, so I'm not sure which to go with...
This may help explain it as well-from his brochure
"Jim Masterson became interested in Equine Massage in 1997. Recognizing that the horse exhibits certain neurological responses to touch as the horse relaxes and releases tension, Masterson developed a system of using those responses to guide his massage work."
From what I have experienced, the touch sets up the horse to release or allows the release to happen rather than making or forcing.
It is truly like nothing I have ever seen-I am sure others have but I haven't
I am floored at how well my own horses have responded to just my ammie efforts. Posture has changed, attitude has changed and performance changed with just my first attempt.
LOVE the Masterson Method. I have watched my DVD three times, watched various YouTube vids of his and am now reading his book. My horses have responded incredibly to this method, and it is so easy to incorporate many of the techniques into everyday horse interactions. I can be cleaning paddocks and stop for five minutes and release some tension in one of my horse's poll and neck and he instantly responds and feels better.
Agree, I got the DVDs for Christmas (asked for them ), and have been using many of the techniques on my own two horses and my students' horses; have gotten very reliable "relaxation responses" and releases--even on my 8 month old filly! Great stuff--and I think it taps into the neuro and acupressure points, I have used TTOUCH and have done a variety of bodywork over the years, but the Masterson Method's light touches are remarkable, and the horses *really* respond. (The other upside is that as I grow older and creakier, the bodywork becomes more taxing on ME--so the fact that these light touches really unlock the horse is a revelation--as the OP says, they "set the horse up" to release, rather than forcing the issue. My now 9 month old filly releases almost "against her will" , but that is just because of her personality type. When she gives me HUGE yawns, I think SCORE! )
I wish he would do a clinic in my neck of the woods...
"Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies."
"It's supposed to be hard...the hard is what makes it great!" (Jimmy Dugan, "A League of Their Own")
Hmmm, I don't know anything about it but I must say, it's a turn off from the start one someone names something after themselves! It's like Pat Perelli move over!
I wouldn't judge anything by the name, especially if I didn't know anything else about it.
Jim worked on my gelding at the 2012 Western States Horse Expo in a couple different demo sessions along with sessions in his stall. I saw a positive noticeable difference in my gelding. I would use it on a regular basis but the closest practitioners are in the Bay Area and the session fee plus travel fee is out of my range. But, there are a lot of the exercises and massage I can do myself.
I LOVE using his techniques. The horses respond so well to it. I think traditional massage is great, but for a horse who is sore or tense, sometimes they resist the pressure of massage.
If you want to take it up a notch, you can use his release methods with a photonic torch/low level laser. I do the Masterson releases first and then go over some of the worse areas with the laser. The horses lean into it and release repeatedly and big. Something about doing the MM first and then the laser makes it work even better.