4 HORSES ESMT
My name is Michaela (Kyla for short), and I'm a fully insured and qualified Equine Massage Therapist covering Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire - Although I will travel the whole of the UK if you need me.
I specialise in Sports Massage Therapy, Iridology, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofacial Release, Cupping, Energy Healing, Craniosacral therapy, Reiki, Relaxation & Rehabilitation, and natural horsemanship work.
Who I am... What I do...
From an early age, I've always had a natural ability to understand horses, in more ways than one.
After spending 20 dedicated (and very stressful) years in the wedding industry I decided to follow my heart and true passion, by working with horses. I've always had a talent for helping people, so it made sense to help horses instead.
I trained and studied more than I ever had before, and qualified with distinctions in massage therapy, which gave me the title ESMT.
That was my turning point in life, and I soon got the bug for finding new ways to help heal horses. Every few months I study something new, and I will continue to study new methods for as long as I can.
I've used natural horsemanship techniques and training for around 20 years now, but I like to think I have an open mind to many things from old school ways, to new age training. Which is why so many people appreciate what I do, because no box fits all! I work to your needs and most importantly your horses needs, to find the best path most suited to you both as a team.
Equine Iridology is probably my most asked about service, due to my ability to provide you with fascinating information about your horse as far back as birth. I started studying in lock-down, and have continued to look further into this amazing diagnostic tool ever since. Iridology allows me to read the horses eye map to locate current trauma, strengths, weaknesses and even hereditary traits. This means I know where the horse is sore before I even lay my hands on it, and it gives owners answers to things such as behaviour issues, including internal and external problems.
This is what makes me different to other therapists, because I assess your horse from inside to out.
Treatments & Options
If you aren't sure how I can help your horse, please call me and I'll be happy to discuss my treatments and services to find something suitable for you
Initial Therapy Consultation
This is where I get to meet you and your horse, and discuss both your needs!
Your first initial assessment will include a full static and dynamic assessment of your horse, and an Iridology reading. I will ask you many things about whats been going on past and present, including diet and your daily routine. This gives me a good interpretation of the whole picture, and helps me figure out where to start.
On occasion, I may need to see the horse ridden or being tacked up to assess issues. I can include a saddle check in this service to see if you need to your saddle adjusting (please note: I assess the saddle, NOT fit it)
I will always check the constitution of the horse in general, and then get to know your horse by encouraging relaxation through effleurage while I begin to warm up the muscles for therapy.
Depending on your discipline, and what the horse needs, I will use various techniques that I am trained in, to offer you and your horse the best session possible, and I will always talk you through what I'm doing at the same time.
So, I may use sports massage, trigger point therapy, stretching, myofacial release, cupping, craniosacral therapy and even energy healing if need be, however all my routines focus of relaxation and finish in a cool down to close.
I spend a lot of time assessing everything I can, to offer you and your horse the best treatment and guidance possible. I will always provide further follow up care and advice, including any herbal recommendations and diet change. There are no set routines to my therapy, which is why I allow up to 2 hours for the first session, as I treat everything I find.
How treatments work
Due to my ongoing training and wide range of treatments, I base my prices on being a new client, a follow up or regular sports therapy.
Generally my clients fall into 3 categories:
1) See me once, and your horse is pretty much perfect and you only need to see me as and when theres an issue, or in 3-4 months for a check up visit, and then yearly for a "service", so to speak.
2) Your horse needs 2-3 follow up visits ranging between 4-12 weeks apart, which are often staggered from 6 to 8, then 10 weeks plus - this is generally when the horse needs varied treatments to be fully sound inside and out.
3) You tend to do a lot of riding, whether XC, eventing, hunting, dressage or SJ, and you want me on a routine sports massage visit every 4-5 weeks to keep your horse in top sports condition.
Yard Visits or Group Bookings
I offer a discount with group bookings of 3 or more horses in one place.
Please contact me to discuss as I will need to work out timing, depending if you are a new client, or having a follow up or routine booking.
I can see a maximum of 6 horses safely in one day - depending on if I have treated them before. For big bookings. I often ask that one person is in charge of arranging time slots for everyone that day, including a 15 min break for me to eat lunch half way.
All prices are based as Scropton as a starting point, and covers the cost of travel and any treatment you need.
I cover a 25 mile radius within these prices.
Anything further, and I charge 75p per mile extra on the outgoing journey. If you have a few people in the same location, this extra cost will be split between you all, not added to each person.
I can travel further and even do overnight stays if need be. Prices will be charged as a set day rate, include travel and overnight accommodation if necessary, so please call me to discuss.
New Client & Initial Consultation
Up to 25 miles from DE65 area
Average up to 120 mins per horse
Includes verbal Iridology reading, diet advice, saddle check and any therapy needed.
(written Iridology report available at £15 extra sent by email)
Follow Up Appointment
Up to 25 miles from DE65 area
Up to 80 mins per horse
Follow up sessions to first consultation and includes all therapies.
6 - 12 month checkup
Maintenance & Routine Bookings
Up to 20 miles from DE65 area
Up to 60 mins per horse
Booked every 4-5 weeks and focuses mainly on sports massage therapy
On line Iridology Report
(coming soon) Provide me with your horses eye pictures, and a report will be written for you including advice for therapy and herbal recommendations.
Natural horsemanship & stress therapy
Charged per hour within 25 miles of DE65
All types of groundwork help, including alternative therapy advice and energy / craniosacral / Reiki therapy.
Alvahorse Aromatherapy Products
Get your grooming and showing products direct
Alvahorse - Alvadog - Draig Balm
As a team director and independent distributor for AlvaHorse, you are now able to purchase all your grooming and showing essentials directly through me. All products can be shipped straight to your door in a matter of days, or I offer a delivery service local to Burton.
Orders placed with me prior to therapy appointments,can be brought on the day.
These are the best products I've personally ever used, and all my clients agree. Every product does exactly what it says it does, and the Draig Balm is a must have for human aches and pains, which is made with welsh clai and many other natural healing ingredients.
Various products are available for horse, rider and your K9 friends ~ so ask me what I have!
For a full price list and to see "offers or package deals" please contact me and I'll send you all the latest info.
If you would be interested in joining my team as an independent distributor please ask me for my business start up details.
Horse Grooming and Show Products
Insect repellents for Horses and Dogs
Dog Shampoo & Grooming Products
Welsh Clai Products
Supporting local UK based businesses
Email for info on becoming a distributor
Rockpods & Cupping!
A new technique added this year. Designed to be easily used on animals, and no fire involved! Great to break down scar tissue, aids with fascia release and enhances blood flow.
These little suckers come with me on every visit now!
Frequently Asked Questions
How & where will you want to treat my horse?
Most horses are more relaxed in their stable, or standing outside it while undergoing treatment. For an initial assessment, I'll need to see your horse moving, circling, bending, walking and trotting up, if possible!
If you need further assessment under saddle, then somewhere you normally ride is perfect. Not everyone has a menage or field to ride in, so the flattest land we can use should be fine.
My horse only has a shelter, is that ok?
Yes, of course. As long as I have somewhere light, and safe for myself and your horse to stand, I can still treat your horse. (Assuming we aren't standing in a foot of mud)
All I ask, is that if your horse is out 24/7, they are fully rugged up prior to my visit as they must be dry to be massaged.
What should I expect from my first session?
I'm here to help you and your horse.
I encourage all treatments to be safe, happy, and a positive experience.
I work to the speed and nature of each individual horse, so dont worry if you have one that hates being touched, I take it all in my stride, and build a relationship first.
I'm not here to second guess you, judge you or question how you do things, so although I may ask when you last had a dentist or farrier, they are for my own personal notes, to help me get a better understanding of what I'm looking at.
My horse has a wound thats still healing, can you still treat it?
In my profession, I have to look at contraindications that would prevent me from treating your horse. For their safety and well-being, I would not treat a horse that has an open wound, but I will be very happy to see them, as soon as it has healed.
What if you cant treat my horse?
If I find anything that I cannot treat, I will always recommend going back to your vet, or point you in the direction of other professionals that offer different services to myself.
I am here to help you, not just take money for something I cant fix. I'm very honest, and I have you and your horses best interest at heart, at all times.
Do I need vet consent?
Yes please! For me to make sure I am fully protected and covered by my insurance policies to treat your horse, I do require a Vet consent form to be filled in.
CLICK HERE to download it for printing or emailing. Once I have this, I am covered for around 6 months, depending on what treatment you need. I am happy to have a chat with your vet about any ongoing treatments under their care, if that would help.
If you are not sure how to go about all this, please get in touch, and between us we can work it out together.
How do I know if I need you?
Generally, your horse will tell you.
Is your horse reacting to the girth when tacking up? Kicking off on the wrong canter? Falling through the shoulder? Acting more crabby than normal, or looking depressed? Nipping round to bite when being tacked up or rugged? Napping when going out? Dipping down when tacked up? Acting up? Looking lame with no reason? Losing flexion, bend or propulsion?
Have you recently evented? Jumped? hunted? Has your horse recently got cast?
There's a million reasons why your horse may need treating, but only 1 person can decide to book me in.
Do I need to be there, and how do I pay?
Someone needs to be present. If you can't be, then a yard owner, or friend that is prepared to take responsibility on your behalf is perfectly fine.
If you're part of a yard booking, one person is sufficient for all the horses...mainly, to walk and trot them all up and down for me!
I do ask you pay on the day I see you, preferably in cash, however one bonus is, I CAN take card payments but only face to face (not over the phone), and I am also happy for you to BACS me the day before treatment, if you don't plan to be present, and find it easier this way.
Would highly recommend. Very thorough and knowledgeable.
My horse was so chilled out with all massaging that was releasing all the tension in his back.
Was nice to see that the area’s that I know where sore where picked up on straight away with out pointing them out.
Fantastic job. Thank you. See you in 4 weeks.