Equine Cranial Therapy Level 1 Workshop
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
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!
Course dates (2022 coming soon!) in Langley and on Vancouver Island
Email to get details and dates for our 2022 courses.
We will also be offering several Equine Cranial Therapy for Horse Owners courses!
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 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
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 BSc. in Kinesiology, over a decade of training in BodyTalk and animal communication, and her current passion as a 4th year student of osteopathy.She is the co-founder of the Cowgirl Re-union, 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 co-steward of Firefly Farm in the Cowichan Valley, unceded territory of the Cowichan and Coast Salish Peoples, where she lives with the horse herd Diva, April and Duke, dogs Reilly and Solo and cat Parker.