Valissa finds immeasurable joy in helping horses and their people through her bodywork practice, offering The Masterson Method®, equine craniosacral and her ongoing education in equine osteopathy. She currently works full time as a sought-after bodyworker for horses of all ages and disciplines throughout South Jersey and the Greater Philadelphia region.
Her passion is infectious and her clients are well-acquainted with her face lighting up while discussing bodywork solutions to their horses' performance issues.
For Valissa, each horse is a fascinating puzzle to solve. Applying her solid knowledge of equine anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics with her ability to perceive and guide subtle shifts in the tissue forms the art of her bodywork practice.
As a Masterson Method Certified Practitioner, Valissa trained under certified equine bodywork coaches, mentors and instructors throughout the United States and in Germany. She is a Masterson Method coach for current certification fieldwork students and has assisted at numerous Masterson Method clinics and seminars both in the US and the UK. She enjoys presenting demonstrations for clubs, organizations and private farms highlighting the Masterson Method and the benefits of bodywork.
Certification in The Masterson Method® is a demanding course of study, requiring nearly 500 hours of combined instruction, coursework, 30 case studies, coaching, and hands-on equine bodywork.
Valissa completed Equine Cranial Sacral Levels I and II at the Upledger Institute in Winston-Salem, NC, one of the world's premier learning centers for craniosacral studies.
She is currently studying equine osteopathy at the Vluggen Institute of Equine Osteopathy, a rigorous, 4-year program taught by Dutch human and equine osteopath, Janek Vluggen DO, MRO-EU, EDO® of Waldfeucht, Germany. Graduates of the Vluggen Institute are recognized and respected by the IREO, the International Register of Equine Osteopathy. Valissa is deeply committed to her studies at the Vluggen Institute and is honored to have the opportunity to receive the depth of knowledge and skills offered by the institute.