I'm Stephanie Strong, equine massage therapist

I was born and raised in Washington State, though I've called different parts home over the years. During high school and community college, I was interested in science, English, and a variety of arts.

My introduction to the world of horses began in 2021, when I started volunteering with an adaptive riding center. I helped with riding lessons and barn chores for a year before pursuing equine massage. I received my license in Large Animal Massage therapy in 2022 after attending the Northwest School of Animal Massage. 

I specialize in performance massage for athletes, and my modalities include Swedish, deep tissue, and myofascial release. I'm committed to approaching horses as individuals, and figuring out how to help each one according to their needs. I take into account information from each horse's owner, veterinarian, farrier, and other specialists, in order to get a complete picture of each horse's health and needs. This process informs my massage and helps me tailor it to each animal I work on.

Riding has also been part of my education. I've dabbled in Western and English disciplines, and am most interested in learning dressage (though I'm a complete beginner at the moment!). My time at the Northwest Therapeutic Riding Center, whether volunteering or taking lessons myself, has led me to unashamedly call Fjords my favorite breed.

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I'm a licensed Large Animal Massage Therapist, certified by the National Board for Animal Acupressure and Massage (NBCAAM) and insured by Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP). The following link leads to my information on NBCAAM's website.

License #: AM 61373974

Licensing classes:

  • Large Animal Foundation Massage by NWSAM, completed March 2022

  • Large Animal Performance Massage by NWSAM, completed June 2022

Continuing education:

  • "Peace Through Grief with Our Beloved Animals" by Joan Ranquet (Webinar), completed May 2023

  • "Equine Facsial Lines" by Kim Bauer/NWSAM, completed July 2024

Massage is for animal well-being only, and is not a substitute for veterinary care. A massage therapist may not perform veterinarian or chiropractic duties, and must work within their scope of practice. See "Scope of Practice" link under Policies for more information.

Stephanie massaging Spud during licensing school in 2022