Megan Dushin Equine Bodywork
The Masterson Method® is at the core of my equine bodywork training. In addition, having grown up on a family-run horse farm that was the headquarters of one of the oldest Pony Clubs in the US, I also bring a deeply inherent appreciation for the sensitive and connecting nature of horses.
The Masterson Method is a unique approach to equine bodywork that releases tension in key junctions of the body that most affect performance. According to Jim Masterson, the founder of The Masterson Method, it is “something you do WITH the horse, rather than TO the horse. This participation and interaction is what makes the method fascinating for those who use it. In fact, if you do not allow the horse to participate, it does not work.”
This very interactive nature of Masterson work is what excites me the most as a bodyworker. It opens up a new conversation with the horse through the body, and allows us to listen to what they’re “saying” through neurological signals, such as blinking, twitching, a change in breathing, bracing, or fidgeting.
This bodywork is very gentle - both physically and attitudinally. We work to keep the horse relaxed while also pushing the edge in range-of-motion techniques to find improvement. Think of a yoga posture… you find the position, breathe, and then go a little deeper. My job is to unravel the complex web and set you and your horse on track to better performance and integration.
I grew up on a horse farm in New York learning from and working alongside my mother — a lifelong horsewoman and head of the Garrison Pony Club. She taught me to appreciate the Basics, keep horses natural, and aspire to the special union between horse and human.
After a childhood filled with riding, teaching, and competing, I decided to hang up the halter and explore the world outside of horses. I picked up where I left off 25 years later after college, a career, and two kids.
When I discovered The Masterson Method, I felt my calling loud and clear. My studies of kinesiology, movement-based therapies, and body awareness came in handy in this approach to helping horses - through the body and mindful of the horse/human relationship. I’m now able to give back to horses and help them be the best they can be through bodywork.