Should I be cautious of getting a massage from an equine massage therapist?
I would love to say no, but equine massage is NOT regulated in the United Sates like human massage. In the state of Ohio you must be licensed through the State Medical Board in order to massage people and pass rigorous testing. As long as the individual has been trained to the standards set forth by your state you can be confident that your therapist knows what they are doing. At Top Notch Hands Kate has over 3,000 hours of professional hands-on training and holds an Ohio license to practice massage (Licensed Massage Therapist= LMT) and is one of 13 Americans to have held the title Registered Equine Massage Therapist (REMT).
* "Humans and animals have nothing in common" At a glance we seem very different from animals by the way we stand on two legs rather than four, but the structures are the same. We have ribs, so do they. We have scapulae, so do they. Many of our muscles are the same and do the same actions in most cases.
Won't you hurt me because you have to use lots of pressure on horses?
Horses are amazingly sensitive animals. The amount of pressure used on a horse is no different than on you. The amount of pressure (or lack thereof) is dictated by the tissue not the amount of it and the living being it's attached to.
At my facility you won't find a "grin and bear it" mentality. You'll experience gentle techniques that effectively reduce tension and pain in a way that reconnects the mind to your body without being a "light, fluffy massage"