One Moment in Time

It’s not often that you can point to an exact moment where your life changes. Mine did with the words “ you can ride the new horse if you want to.” Punk was a 6 year old OTTB ... a leggy redhead that had more issues and quirks than any horse I’ve ever known. She wouldn’t walk into the barn, so I had to back her in then back her into the wash stall. On ...
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Celebrating My Rescues

This was originally written not long after Mia joined the pack. All of my teachers are rescues. All are blessings!   Mia made the Belmont County Animal Rescue League newsletter...their Where Are they Now? edition. But, this is the picture they used....Mia in class. The text with the picture: (in Mia's own words) My new life began when I was dumped one night at the shelter when it was closed. When the staff came in ...
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I Have a Horse!

This is a story from a while back that I thought you may enjoy and that I need to revisit from time to time. A little girl knocked on my door yesterday. She was selling candy for her dance school. (it was Sarris candy, a local delicacy, so of course she gained easy access to my house, lol) Her Mom stood on the sidewalk and I left the door open for her to see her ...
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Sharing the Life

There are many things in my life that I would rather have not gone through....the difficult choices, the tough times to get where i am. But then, I meet students that are just beginning their journey to their dreams, and I realize that what I have learned may help them along their way. I get to share my experience, good and bad, and it offers them a hand on their path. I can tell them ...
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Believe in Yourself

I always tell my graduates that they will be stunned by the support they receive from unexpected sources. But, they may also be stunned by the lack of support they may get from those whom they thought were friends. I had a call from a graduate this evening that experienced the latter. A bit of undermining and doubt sowing was done. I shared that this is usually an indication of a major flaw in that ...
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Always room for one more

I wrote this after I lost my Dane mix, Hank, and Abner joined the pack. I've had a few folks comment that they thought it was too soon after Hank's transition for me to get a new pup. Thinking, perhaps, that I was not honoring the loss of that wonderful life. I thought I'd try to explain how that is certainly not the case. In my entire life, my family only ever owned one 'purebred' ...
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Massage and Reiki: A Great Combo

The time I spent with a new client this morning brought the importance of energy front and center. This was a pretty quirky mare. As soon as I stepped into the stall, she had a wariness about her. Not fear, so much. Just her being watchful of me. I was told that she had a previous owner with some heavy handed training methods. The mare was in a constant state of being corrected....stick to shank without ...
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Wanna Buy a Cool Shirt?

During my most recent equine massage class, one of the students remarked that I should have shirts made with my logo prominently displayed. "We could buy them. It would be cool." I said "Do you know what would be even more cool? Take what you've learned, go home and use that knowledge and those skills and start your business. Then have shirts made with your logo. Then send me one. That would be really cool!" ...
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Welcome to my blog

When I first began offering equine massage, I didn't even own a computer. Now, statistics show that 85% of business is done online and here I sit, starting a blog. The massage industry has changed, also. First off, it's an industry. The field has expanded. Back then, I was the only equine therapist in the Ohio Valley. Canine massage was in it's infancy. I remember trying to get a listing in the yellow pages. No ...
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Touch is all it takes!

Think massage and you probably envision having your back muscles unknotted by a professional masseuse. You may not think about massage in relation to your dog. But consider this - whenever you scratch his ears or give him a belly rub, you're giving him a rudimentary form of massage. Next time you pet your dog in this way, notice how it seems to calm him, and how much he enjoys it. Now imagine how true ...
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We received the 2013 Ohio Excellence Award

Each year the USIEC conducts business surveys and industry research to identify companies that have achieved demonstrable success in their local business environment and industry category. They are recognized as having enhanced the commitment and contribution of small businesses through service to their customers and community. Small businesses of this caliber enhance the consumer driven stature that Ohio is renowned for. Brandenburg Massage Therapy LLC has consistently demonstrated a high regard for upholding business ethics ...
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Massage for the Dog Owner (DVD)

The clip is from Massage for the Dog Owner. This DVD provides a step by step guide to seventeen areas of the dog's body. It is designed to give the dog owner instruction in basic massage strokes. There is a second DVD available. The Canine Massage Sequence. This DVD is available to those who have had massage training or are certified canine massage therapists. Both DVDs are available for $20, (plus $1.40 tax, $4.95 shipping) ...
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