Name: Christine Rodko
Practice Location: Golden Valley/Kingman, Arizona
Certifications through Angel's Animals: Certified Equine Myo-manipulative Functional Therapist, Certified Equine Kinesiology Tape PractitionerEquine Kinesiology Taping, Certified Equine Craniosacral Practitioner, Animal Reiki Master
When did you decide that you wanted to work with animals? I have always loved animals since I could remember. My blue roan, Mr. Blue Winner aka Blue, was the catalyst for my interest regarding equine massage. Because of Blue’s conformation, it has always been a delicate balance in keeping him sound and without pain. I find that in elevating Blue’s or any horses discomfort/pain, that I heal myself. Having suffered from fibromyalgia, horses have always been my therapy. I wanted to be able to give back to God’s heaven sent angels (horses) who do so much for us. Blue is my equine soul mate and I want to do whatever I can to add to his life as he has added to mine. He’s always taken care of me and massage is a way that I can show him the same care back.
What animals do you currently own? I currently own 4 horses: Blue (Quarter horse), Yeti (Clydesdale quarter horse), Layla (grade horse), Gracie (foundation quarter horse). 26 chickens, 4 dogs: Little pooh (teacup Chihuahua), Bailey (English pointer mix), Lexie (mini aussie), Two bits (Pomeranian)
What makes your animal bodywork practice stand out? My goal is to help owners with their babies by educating them on how their horses bodies work and what to look for to keep their babies healthy and moving well.
What message would you like to share with potential clients? MY MISSION STATEMENT:
a) RELIEVE tension and soreness by loosening tight muscles.
b) RESTORE an injured muscle or muscles to a healthy state.
c) REBALANCE the entire muscular system of the body, adjusting to balance extensor and flexor
(1) First the massage will make the horse more aware of its body and its responses to
(2) Second, I use remedial and rehabilitative exercises to re-program the body for more
ii) DOES MY HORSE NEED MASSAGE?
(1) All horses who are asked to do a job (breeding, riding, competing, driving, etc.) should
have bodywork at least once every 3 months.
(2) Competitive horses can benefit from sessions 1-4 times per month depending on the
amount of stress put on them.
What message would you like to share with others who are thinking about pursuing a career in animal bodywork? I find this profession is very rewarding knowing that you can actually help animals w ho are in discomfort. I encourage anyone with an interest in animal massage to GO FOR IT!!!
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