EQUINE BODY WORK
STRUCTURAL RELEASE | MFR | MASSAGE | ACUPRESSURE
Tamara Yates, founder of Many Hands Equine Bodywork is certified in multiple Equine Bodywork modalities. She is, however, first and foremost a horseman. While always “riding out,” as a youth she also showed Hunters and Jumpers. From there she moved into the dressage world for 10 years showing thru 4th level and schooling FEI. Her dressage instructor at the time was married to a Reined Cowhorse Trainer and at 45 she rode in her first western saddle, getting hooked on going down the fence at NRCHA shows. Recently she has shifted to straight Reiners and is now showing at NRHA Shows.
Having ridden and shown horses in a variety of disciplines for over 50 years, Tamara is uniquely qualified to understand the issues facing riders and horses from top level Olympic competitors to “happy hackers!’” She began her Equine Bodywork career as the original Director of Certification for the Masterson Method. She was the first Masterson Method Instructor, other than Jim, to teach his method all over the United States and Europe. At that point she was certified in the Masterson Method as well as an Equine Sports Massage Therapist. After working with Jim for two years she felt the need to add more “tools to her toolbox.” She studied Equine Osteopathy and Anatomy for two years with Janek Vluggen at the Vluggen Institute in Texas. She has learned Equine Acupressure based on TCM and is completing her advanced certification with Diana Thompson. Tamara was also trained in a variety of methods of myofascial release, preferring the John Barnes method of MFR.
She puts together these skills to design an individual bodywork plan for each horse she works on. She achieves joint releases without using traditional chiropractic by working soft tissues, with her other skills, then allowing for positional releases by moving the horses body and reading the horse’s reaction to her work. This is not a one size fits all method or protocol. The individual horse dictates the method and the work.
As one of her Eagle Point clients says, “Tamara Yates makes monthly trips to Southern Oregon. She is the best there is – I highly recommend her. She works with both the muscles and the joints (rather than just one or the other like most of our Bodyworkers around here) and spends about an hour on each horse. She does great work, the horses like her and most importantly I notice a BIG difference riding them.” ~Tamra Hunt, Reserve Champion NP Snaffle Bit Futurity Reining by the Bay. (See testimonial page for picture of Ms. Hunt).