Equine Cranial Therapy Training for Manual Therapists + Horse Owners

Equine Cranial Therapy for Manual Therapists Level 1

Are you an equine body worker or manual therapist with a curiousity about the equine cranio-sacral system, how it works and how to work effectively with it?

Would you like to improve energy levels, relaxation in and out of saddle, ability to focus and regulate, and overall body autonomy, proprioception and coordination of your equine clients? Would you like to increase the sensitivity and effectiveness of your palpation? Would you like to have a noticeable and long-lasting impact on the nervous system, assisting with maintaining and amplifying the positive effects of your treatments and/or training with horses?

Cranial Therapy is an effective treatment modality aimed at improving neurological function, digestion, and proprioception, all through gentle and relaxing touch utilizing a solid anatomical base as it’s primary foundation. If you have you ever wondered why your treatments don’t sustain, your clients revert back to old adaptation patterns, or why certain techniques only partially resolve the issues you are working with perhaps it’s time to explore the fascinating field of osteopathic cranial therapy.

We’d love to invite you to join Equine Therapist, Equine Craniosacral Therapist and RMT Elisse Miki,  and Equine Sport Therapist and animal communicator Alexa Linton, for a three day osteopathically-informed immersion into cranial work for horses. All three instructors bring different, essential perspectives and credentials to their teaching, and are current students in human osteopathy.

In the online course and in the 3-day in-person course, we will be exploring the intricacies of the cranio-sacral system, building a solid anatomical foundation of the connective tissue (fascia, dura), specific cranial bones and motility, sacral and innominate bones and mobility, cranial nerves and venous sinuses, all while progressively cultivating skills and subtlety in palpation. We will each be sharing potent techniques to dialogue with and facilitate lasting change at each of these tissue levels. The in-person course is open to all equine therapists and human manual therapists, and by special request to those with experience in equine anatomy/physiology. A course manual will be provided, as well as refreshments. The online course is available to all who are interested in cranial therapy for horses.

Covered in online and in-person course:

• History and understanding of the development of osteopathic cranio-sacral with human and equine
• Anatomy and biomechanics of sphenoid, occiput, temporal, frontal, nasal, maxilla, ethmoid and
accessory bones of the face, mandible, hyoid, sacrum, innominate bones as well as articulations, and
assessment and treatment of specific bones and articulations
• Cranial nerves, function, and bony transit within and from cranium
• Function, importance, assessment and treatment of the dura mater and cranial membranes
• Function and storage of the cerebral-spinal fluid, and role in increasing regional and global vitality
• Palpation of primary respiratory mechanism (motility) and mobility at the levels of bone, fascia,
membrane and fluids
• The autonomic nervous system and it’s relationship to trauma, healing, resilience and regulation

Covered only during in-person course:
• Treatment of common equine issues (head shaking, altered gait, anxiety, difficulty picking up leads,
saddling issues, asymmetrical bending, lack of hind-end engagement)
• Myofascial release, de-compaction, direct and sensorial techniques
• In session and at-home integrations for sustaining results and supporting treatment

Register for the online Cranial Therapy program here!

Details for 2022 in-person trainings below:

Maximum of 8 participants per in-person course to ensure ample horse time and one-on-one instruction.

Minimum of 6 participants required for course to go ahead. Pre-registration is required.

Important note: If minimum numbers of participants is not met within 2 weeks of start date, course postponement may be required. Please connect with the instructors if you are making travel plans. All Covid-19 recommendations will be met during course, including social distancing and sanitization. More details will be shared closer to the course dates about the protocols in place to keep all participants safe.

Registration in 3-day in-person course includes an extensive online program developed to support the course content, review the relevant anatomy and physiology, lay the foundation for a safe and effective practice, and give you a thorough and comprehensive understanding of the systems and structures involved in this work. Value $279 (can be purchased separately here if you are unable to attend in-person course but want the theoretical portion).

Early bird Pricing: Save $100 off the in-person course if registered and fully paid one month prior to the course!

  • Reg Price $860 (incl GST)

  • Early Bird $760 (incl GST)

2022 Course dates in Langley and on Vancouver Island

July 9-11, 9-5pm at Equilibria Therapeutics in Langley, BC – register here (early bird pricing ends June 18th)

August 26-28, 9-5pm at Hearts and Hooves Farm, Duncan, BC – register here (early bird pricing ends Aug 1st)

Dates for Equine Cranial Therapy 2 for Manual Therapists (more details here):

July 14-16, 9-5pm at Equilibria Therapeutics in Langley, BC – register here

Incentive for registration in both Level 1 and Level 2 in 2022

The material covered was the right amount to get me started in this interesting deep journey and not be too overwhelming. You ladies did such an incredible job delivering it! Not once did I feel lost or not engaged in the learning.

 

Rachel Gedaliya

Equine Therapist

Equine Cranial Therapy for Horse Owners

Would you like to improve the energy levels, focus, coordination of your equine partner, and increase relaxation in and out of saddle? Would you like to have a noticeable and long-lasting impact on the nervous system of your horses and amplify the positive effects of your training?

What is Cranial Therapy
Cranial Therapy is an effective treatment modality aimed at improving neurological function, digestion, and proprioception, all through gentle and relaxing touch utilizing a solid anatomical base as it’s primary foundation.

Whats Included:

In this 2-day in-person course, we will be exploring the essentials of the cranio-sacral system, building a basic anatomical foundation of the connective tissue (fascia, dura), specific cranial bones, sacrum, TMJ and important structures. We will each be sharing easy-to-learn techniques to facilitate lasting change in your horse. This course is open to all.

This course also comes with a 2 hour webinar hosted by Alexa and Elisse prior to the workshop to give participants a chance to learn key theory points.

  • Two full days of hands-on learning

  • 2 hour webinar prior to workshop

  • Course manual and techniques manual ($35 value)

  • Membership in our private FB group providing you continued support

  • Complimentary coffee, tea, and snacks

Maximum of 8-10 participants per course to ensure ample horse time and one-on-one instruction.

What’s Covered in Course

• History and understanding of the development of osteopathic cranio-sacral with human and equine

• Anatomy and biomechanics of sphenoid, occiput, temporal, mandible (TMJ), sacrum

• Cranial nerves, function, and bony transit within and from cranium

• Function, assessment and treatment of the cranial membranes

• Function of the cerebral-spinal fluid, and role in increasing regional and global vitalitya

• The autonomic nervous system and it’s relationship to trauma, healing, resilience and regulation

• Techniques for working with common equine issues (head shaking, altered gait, anxiety, difficulty picking up leads, asymmetrical bending, lack of hind-end engagement)

• Myofascial release, direct and sensorial techniques

Instructors:

We’d love to invite you to join Equine Therapist, Equine Craniosacral Therapist and RMT Elisse Miki, Equine Sport Therapist and animal communicator Alexa Linton for a two day osteopathically-informed cranial therapy workshop for horse stewards. Both instructors bring different, essential perspectives and credentials to their teaching, and are current students in human osteopathy.

Course Dates 2022

May 14-15, 9-5pm. Equilibria Therapeutics in Langley, BC – Register here

August 20-21, 9-5pm. Heart and Hooves Farm in Duncan, BC – Register here

Price $475 plus GST

Payment in full is due at least 14 days prior to your workshop. An invoice will be sent to you upon registration. Payments accepted include Visa, Mastercard, e-transfer, or mailed cheque. Payment plans available, contact elisse@equilibriatherapeutics.com for more details.

* In the event of course cancellation due to Covid-19 all funds paid will be reimbursed or transferred to a future clinic

* In the event that you are unable to attend due to Covid-19 you will have the option to transfer your registration to another clinic date for up to two years. For any cancellations made less than one month prior to the clinic date, the value of $100 will be retained but all other funds paid will be reimbursed.

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Elisse Miki

Elisse Miki

Instructor

Elisse is an Equine Osteopath, Certified Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator and the Owner of Equilibria Therapeutics. Elisse also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology, a Registered Massage Therapy Licence, and multiple Certifications in Equine Therapies. She has been working in her respective fields for over 15 years bringing a multitude of experience to her clients. Her special interest and focus in the area of traumatic brain injury has allowed her to develop a unique program tailored specifically to this demographic.

Elisse brings a widely varied skill set which allows her to offer extremely specific client centred care.

Equine CranioSacral Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 (Integrated Equine Therapies)

Equine Osteopathy Level 1 & Level 2; 3-4 in progress (Integrated Equine Therapies)

Equine NeuroKinetic Therapy (NeuroKinetic Therapy)

Equine Therapy Diploma (Kheiron College of Equine Therapy)

Equine First Aid

Alexa Linton

Alexa Linton

Instructor

With over fourteen years of experience working with horses as an Equine Sport Therapist, as well as thousands of animals and people, Alexa has developed a therapeutic style that is both intuitive and highly collaborative. She has her Diploma in Osteopathy Manual Practice (DOMP), BSc. in Kinesiology, and over a decade of training in energy medicine and animal communication.She is the creator of the Whole Horse Apprenticeship and Podcast, author of Death Sucks: A Straight-Up Guide to Navigating Your Pet’s Final Transition, and lives in the Cowichan Valley, unceded territory of the Cowichan and Coast Salish Peoples.