Alifelong horsewoman, Robyn Drake’s massage career began in the 1980s when she was trained in Shiatzu. Some years later, and as a result of her partnership with a rescued Saddlebred mare, she began integrating her massage skills into the physical and psychological retraining of horses. At approximately the same time, Robyn had the great good fortune to meet and observe Doris Kay Halstead, Myofascial Release Therapist, and author of “Release The Potential”, a book about Doris’s equine myofascial release techniques
Robyn Drake has since graduated from of the Institute of Equine Therasage in Janesville, WI, and apprenticed with Doris Kay Halstead, and Mike Scott, founder of Equine Massage/Muscle Therapy, and attended seminars at Tufts University College of Veterinary Medicine in equine biomechanics, kinesiology, and cadaver dissection. She continues to study with equine body workers all over the country.
Robyn’s approach to massage is unique in that it combines elements and techniques from Sports Massage, Myofascial Release, Shiatzu, and Trigger Point therapies with her knowledge of biomechanics, kinesthetics/gait analysis, conformation, and classical physical therapies to re-muscle the horse. Her experience as an amateur marathon runner, triathlete, and martial arts instructor accord her an uncommon empathetic ability and understanding of the rigors of physical training – this translates directly into her work with both the working and pleasure horse.
Since the age of 3, Robyn has ridden and competed in numerous disciplines, including western pleasure, endurance trail riding, bareback gaming, pole-bending, barrel racing, saddle seat (equitation & 5-gaited), hunt/jump, and classical dressage.