Become an ESMA Therapist

ESMA Accepted Courses

ESMA logo

Committed to ongoing Education

Further to the closure of the ITEC Diploma in Equine Sports Massage Therapy, and following full membership consultation, ESMA have adopted the Lantra-accredited Cert.T Equine Sports Massage course to be run by Helen Tompkins MSc (An Manip) MSc (Vet Phys) of Animal Therapy Solutions Limited as the replacement training standard for membership intake. The Certificate of Training in Equine Sports Massage follows a rigorous training and examination syllabus with strong emphasis on quality training and continual student support, aiming to provide a high level of day-one practitioner competency. Helen Tompkins is an experienced Veterinary Physiotherapist who taught alongside Mary Bromiley, MBE, FCSP on the original ITEC Diploma course between 2007-2015.


Applicants for the Lantra CertT. Equine Sports Massage course will be expected to meet the following pre-requisites to qualify for enrolment:


  • Age 21 at commencement of course
  • 5 passes (A-C) at GSCE including English (or demonstrable equivalent)
  • 3 years experience of working in professional equine yards, supported by references
  • A human massage qualification meeting ESMA’s standards

The course will be run over 6 months and will require attendance for a full weekend (Sat and Sun, 9.00 – 5.00pm) each month at a venue near Exeter, Devon. The course covers functional anatomy, palpation skills, application of massage to the equine, significant management issues, professional skills for the therapist and practical tuition. Formative assessment will take place throughout the course. Outcomes of the comprehensive syllabus will be measured by summative assessment (assessed by experienced external industry professionals) as follows:



  • Submission of case studies for summative assessment
  • A comprehensive multi-faceted final examination (practical, written and viva voce)

Students will be expected to arrange work shadowing with an existing practitioner during training, and will be further mentored by an ESMA practitioner. The expected time commitment over the duration of the course is a minimum of 280 hours.

For further details of the course or to receive an Information Pack please contact Helen Tompkins on 07970 619906 or via helen@helentompkins.co.uk. Web: www.helentompkins.co.uk


Applications for 2016-17 are open. A deposit may be payable to reserve a place.