Having had a lifelong love for horses, I never dreamed that one day I’d be lucky enough to have a career in the equine industry. It happened accidentally, when I developed an interest in trimming my own horses’ feet. What started as a fascination turned into a full-time career. My interest turned towards a more natural approach in keeping horses, focusing on cause, not effect, when it comes to health and soundness.
Fast forward several years, and I turned towards the bodywork industry, something easier on my back, and best of all, the horses love it and it is so rewarding to see how they respond.
My interest in bodywork was primarily to do with horses, but now with the addition of the Physiokey neurotransmitter device to my therapy, which can deliver immediate pain relief and enhance the body’s innate ability to heal, I offer treatments for people and their pets too.
Photograph courtesy of Ashley Chapman
My bodywork sessions involve an integrated approach to the therapies I have studied.
Pain relief for pets and people. The Physiokey is based on non-invasive, interactive neurostimulation.
Qualifications & Courses
- TBT: Tucker Biokinetics Technique, Los Angeles
- MMCP: Masterson Method Certified Practitioner, UK
- Myofascial Release with Ruth Mitchell-Golladay, Natal
- Daniel Kamen course in chiropractic techniques with Caroline Lindsey, UK
- 5 day full body dissection clinic with Dr Deb Bennett, California
- Saddle Fitting & Farriery Dynamics with Dr Kerry Ridgeway, Cape Town
- Equine Biomechanics with Hilary Clayton, Cape Town
- ‘Relax That Stomach’ online course with Anna Marciniak
- Physiokey online training: Basic, Advanced & Equine
- The Trust Technique video course
Two of the major influences on biomechanics and soundness are feet and teeth, which is why I have included information here for the interested horse owner who wants to empower themselves on how to help their horses further. In both the feet and the TMJ (the joint closest to the brain, directly affected by jaw alignment and balance), we have proprioceptors. To put it simply, proprioception is the sense that tells the body where it is in time and space. It is very important to the brain as it plays a large role in self-regulation, coordination, posture, body awareness and the ability to focus.
The educated and informed horse owner has a lot more power to help their horse these days, thanks to the availability of information (though sometimes it’s a minefield of information!). The bodyworker can only do so much, if the horse is having to cope with the compensations of a jaw or feet that are out of balance, or if there is a selenium or magnesium deficiency in the diet creating muscle tension for example. The factors influencing horses’ mental and physical well being are multifactorial, which is why a holistic approach which embraces a more natural outlook can really make a difference in our horses’ lives.
One of the major influences on equine biodynamics
The importance of a holistic approach when trimming
082 782 7698
Cape Town, South Africa
R560 (45-60 mins)
People & Dogs/Cats
First consultation: R480 (45-60 mins)
Subsequent sessions: R400
A travel fee may apply depending on location and number of clients