Jim Masterson, Equine Massage Therapist for the US Endurance Team in 2006, 2008, and 2010, and for equine clientele competing in FEI World Cup, Pan American, and World Games competitions, teaches a unique method of bodywork to therapists, horse owners, and now, dog owners, in which the practitioner recognizes and follows the responses of the animal to touch to release tension in key junctions of the body that most affect health, performance, and the ability to connect. When he first became interested in equine massage in 1997, Jim recognized that the horse exhibits certain neurological responses to touch as it releases tension in the body. Using those responses to guide his work, he developed a system in which the horse participates in the process by showing the practitioner where tension has accumulated, precisely how much pressure is needed to release it, and when it has been released. The result is an effective method of bodywork that anyone can learn to use, to improve performance while at the same time opening new levels of communication and trust. In the past few years, Jim has worked with small animal veterinarians to bring his method to the canine world.
Jim has been a presenter at equine events and conventions around the world. Since 2006, over 4,000 horse owners have attended Masterson Method Weekend Seminar-Workshops, and he has trained over 330 Masterson Method Certified Practitioners in 20 countries. His book and video, Beyond Horse Massage, have sold over 50,000 copies and been translated into six languages. His goal is to help his method do for dogs what it has done for horses around the globe. Jim and his team of instructors continue to travel the world teaching horse owners, trainers, and therapists The Masterson Method (mastersonmethod.com).