Name: Dawn Dziubek
Location: Western Massachusetts, USA
Current Certifications through Angel's Animals: Equine Myofascial-manipulative Functional Therapy
When did you decide that you wanted to work with animals? I have always been an animal lover, but the idea of actually working with animals in a meaningful way started several years back when an animal practitioner worked on a few horses at our barn. I was impressed at how relaxed the horses were but also the effect the work had on the horses owners. Both owner and horse seemed so well connected during the sessions. Seeing an animal release that tension it may have had for years and the bond between owner and horse as a result, convinced me that I wanted a part of that as well!
What animal influenced you the most growing up? I have had so many wonderful animals throughout my life so it’s hard to pick just one. I had a cat that followed me in the brook while I was hunting for tadpoles. I had a poodle that would have tea parties with me. I had a goat that would sit in my lap like a dog. A Parakeet that talked up a storm. I also had many wonderful horses. One horse however stands out. He was an OTTB. He was 6 when I got him I was 13. He was my best friend and we grew up together. He taught me patience, acceptance and trust. We learned to jump together. We raced down the Apple orchard together. He was my heart horse.
What animals do you currently own? Currently I have the most perfect little dog. She is a Malti poo. I have a 30 gallon tank full of freshwater fish. Lastly I have a new heart horse. He is a liver chestnut, 15.3 Quarter horse.
What makes your animal bodywork practice stand out? My bodywork practice stands out in that I try to individualize each session to the horse and owners needs at that moment. Rather than work on the horse I work with the horse and really try to “hear” what the horse is telling me. During a session I may use multiple methods and modalities according to the horses needs. I am grateful that Angels Animals demonstrated different modalities so I am better equipped to help the horse.
What message would you like to share with potential clients? To those who would like to strengthen their bond with their horse, help their animal to feel better and as a result perform better, schedule a bodywork session with a certified EMFT.
What message would you like to share with others who are thinking about pursuing a career in animal bodywork? To those of you who are thinking of pursuing a career in animal bodywork, if you love animals and want to help them live their best lives I can’t think of a more rewarding career. How often do we have an opportunity to give back when animals give so much to us. A career in animal body can do just that!
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