The first South Australian to be qualified by the Victorian National College of Traditional Medicine and the SA representative of the Australian Myofunctional Therapy Association, Mary answered some questions kindly for Equus Blog.
Mary is also the first South Australian to gain certification in the courses run by American pioneer of Equine CranioSacral Therapy, Maureen Rogers. You can find out about Mary and her work at http://www.healthyhorsesnaturally.com.au/about-mary.asp.
Have you always been interested in horses and when did you come to discover the benefits of CranioSacral and Myofunctional Therapy?
I have always had an interest in horses, started riding at age 5, now 60. Was studying to be a coach but found that not my ideal and the myofunctional course came up in 2003. I had been treating horses with TTEAM stuff and massage for some time but without qualifications and felt I needed the qualifications.
How much of your day/week is hands on with horses?
I work/treat my horses every day, and clients when required.
In this field is it possible for someone to be a full time professional, earning a livable income?
Not possible in South Australia, elsewhere in the world maybe. I have chosen not to work in the racing industry
What are the general steps taken to be able to carry out these therapies on your own horses and others?
I have completed a certificate course in Myofunctional therapy and levels 1-3 in equine craniosacral therapy, and Universal Energetic Bodywork. I do energy hands on work, chakra balancing, what ever the horse requires at the time.
Any advice for those interested in pursuing these types of massage?
A love of horses, time and the ability to feel energy levels.
Is there anything else with horses youâ€™d love to learn about or try?
Always learning more about energy healing.
Favourite horse memory?
Too many to list.
Heal more horses.
Best thing about your sport/profession?
The response of such a big animal as a horse to the work that I do which is so gentle, and so effective.
“A hot horse and a hot head don’t mix.”