Alumni Success Stories

Megan Gagnon

RMT

Megan graduated from the full time program at Wellington College in 2009 and loved the family-like environment. She resonated with the principles the College was built on. She admits the program was challenging and intense at times, but what impressed her most about the College was that all the teachers were very passionate for their subject. Because of their passion, Megan was excited to learn from those individuals.

Since graduating, a major part of Megan's massage practice has been Equine Massage. Equine Massage was actually her first exposure to massage therapy, as she had never had a massage prior to going to Wellington. When Megan was looking at the different options for choosing a career, she spent a lot of time with a good friend and former Wellington student, Karen Saindon. Watching her massage the horses and seeing how they responded really fascinated her, so she looked into massage therapy. Now Megan practices Swedish Massage and Reiki as well, but has begun to incorporate some of the equine techniques into the treatments of her regular clients.

Megan truly loves her job because it is so rewarding when the horses connect and get involved with the treatment. Horses cannot vocalize their emotions or concerns about the areas that cause them discomfort, so it is completely up to Megan to read the body language of the horse to determine where those problems might be. She loves those rare quiet moments when the horses are standing still; they would rather be with her than with their herd, they’re not dancing around from the flies or attempting to eat out of boredom. It’s such a powerful feeling knowing the horse is really involved in the treatment as it is no longer a guessing game, but rather it becomes a conversation as Megan shows the horse how he can use his body more efficiently.

There is such a great need for Equine Massage Therapists. Interestingly, horses are designed for pulling and for grazing, not for carrying riders. People often assumed that race horses are the only equine athletes that require Massage Therapy. Yet the average recreational horse needs massage just as much as the top performance horses. As people are becoming more aware and comfortable with the benefits of massage, it is also becoming more accepted as a treatment for their horses. At the moment there are just a handful of Equine Massage Therapists, but Megan hopes to see the number grow as people and veterinarians truly understand and acknowledge the benefits of massage. She looks forward to what the future holds for her practice and she thanks Wellington College and her good friend Karen for providing Megan with the skills and opportunities necessary to reach her goals.