Megan Ayrault is a Licensed Massage Practitioner for animals and people and a professional educator with a Master in Teaching degree from Seattle University. Prior to her current bodywork career, Megan worked in schools and with horses, and enjoyed teaching therapeutic riding for children and adults with disabilities. The therapy horses, as well as her own animals, were her original motivation for learning massage.
Megan’s main interests and training in bodywork have included Myofascial Release, Shiatsu, Acupressure, Craniosacral Therapy, and a variety of massage approaches. In her private practice near Seattle, she has been massaging horses since 2001, people and dogs since 2002, and has taught animal massage with the Northwest School of Animal Massage since 2004. You can visit Balancing-Touch.com to see more about her local services.
Together with her All About Animal Massage colleagues, Megan is dedicated to supporting all animal lovers in discovering the benefits of massage and bodywork for the animals in their care.
Listen to Megan’s massage tips on the Horse Tip Daily Radio Show.
Megan has received training in a number of modalities:
2014 Clinical Reasoning for Equine Healthcare Professionals: Addressing the Musculoskeletal System; Dr. Kerry Ridgeway, DVM
2014 Zero Balancing II; Sheila Lukasiewich
2013 Zero Balancing I; Dr. Fritz Smith
2013 Fascial Release Technique Series; Thomas Myers
2013 Brief Tour of Neurofascia; Michael Hamm
2012 Unwinding the Spine: Resistance and Release; Deane Juhan
2010 QiGong Healing and Breathing Applications, Levels 1, 2, 3; Jeff Primack
2009 Animal Reflexology; Seattle Reflexology and Massage Center
2007 Connective Tissue: Web of Structure, Web of Chi; Deane Juhan
2007 Anatomy Trains: Introduction; Thomas Meyers’ Instructors
2007 Sotai (Shiatsu form of structural integration); Stephen Brown
2006 Structural Integration (Equine) Level 1; Joseph Freeman
2006 Deep Tissue Massage; Robert Haase
2006 Craniosacral Therapy I; Upledger Institute
2005 Equine Myofascial Release (MFR); Ruth Mitchell, Equinology
2005-2008 Myofascial Release (MFR), multiple courses: MFR I and II, Unwinding, Skill Enhancement Seminar, Fascial Pelvis, Myofascial Mobilization; John F. Barnes
2004-2007 Various courses with Equinology: topics including saddle fitting, shoeing/trimming dynamics, dissection anatomy, biomechanics and gait abnormalities
2005-current Faculty for Northwest School of Animal Massage
2003 The Equine Touch, Level I and II; Jock and Ivana Ruddock
2002-2004 Apprentice/Assistant for Lola Michelin/Northwest School of Animal Massage
2002 Lymphatic Facilitation for the Equine; Dale Perry
2002/2004 Equine Acupressure; Introduction to TCM and 5-Element Theory; Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
2002 Canine Massage; Patricia Whalen-Shaw
2001-2003 BodyMind Academy; Massage and Shiatsu certification courses
2001 Reiki, Level I and II; Janeice Pennington
2001 Equine Sports Massage Certification; Equissage, Mary Schreiber