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Bouncin' after massage!

Welcome to Alix Tidmarsh Canine & Equine Sports massage &

Myofascial Release therapy

I offer Equine & Canine myofascial release, sports massage & rehabilitation in the Surrey and SW London and Windsor area.  I also practise Reiki on humans and animals.


Alix with her horse "Kimba Cloud" aka Frankie

Red, post massage taking in some R&R!  Its very exhausting this business!

Alix with her retired racehorse "Flex"

Why massage for your dog or horse?

Why think about massage for your dog or horse?


Massage benefits all horses from the happy hacker,

the retiree or competition horse. 

Massage also benefits all dogs whether they are an important member of the family or are working or

used competitively.

Massage works by improving the body’s blood and

lymph circulation so the body can better nourish the muscle cells and more efficiently remove toxins and

waste products from the body.  With the muscle cells

being well fed and looked after they will serve the

body better, have better strength, stamina,

improved range of motion and are less prone to

injury…  This should lead to lower vet bills.

    When can you use Equine & Canine massage?
  • Before and after exercise/training session

  • To stimulate the muscles for better performance

  • To help the muscles recover more quickly after performance

  • Post operatively to help speed up recovery, always working closely with the veterinary surgeon

  • To provide pain relief for an older dog/horse

  • To relieve anxiety

  • To slow down the onset of bone conditions such as hip dysplasia and osteo arthritis

How can Equine & Canine Massage Therapy help?


Massage can be used for the following things for both horses and dogs:

  • A relaxation tool

  • To help behavioural issues

  • Desensitisation of an animal that doesn’t like to be touched or groomed.

  • Helps prevent injury:  if the muscles are working optimally and to their best range of movement, your horse/dog will work more energy efficiently and as a result have more stamina to perform better for your needs. 

  • Rehabilitation post operatively:  working closely in conjunction with your vet and physio, massage can

help speed up the rate of recovery or slow down

congenital bone, tendon and muscular issues

Why Massage?

Try it out and see the difference.


How long does a massage treatment take?


The treatment can take up to an hour and a half depending on the animal’s needs.  Sometimes just one session is enough but usually it take 2-3 times to see a lasting difference.

I work closely in conjunction with the veterinary, physiotherapist or chiropractor that you may use to ensure a holistic team approach is followed to ensure

the best care for your horse or dog.

Please note that all treatments require your

veterinarian’s permission – this is a legal requirement.

How you can

reach Alix Tidmarsh Equine & Canine Sports Therapy Massage


On the IAAT website: (

on the “Find a Therapist” page. 

On the Rose Association members page (

PM me on facebook:

Please note that all treatments require your

veterinarian’s permission – this is a legal requirement.

Phone: +44 (0) 773 004 7498

Alix with her retired racehorse "Flex"

Way back in the day, after a 6 month stint working on a cattle ranch in Alberta, Canada training cutting horses, deciding to do a Zoology degree at Bristol University was a no-brainer.  After 3 happy years which included training race horses at a local yard in my spare time, I started working for Unilever and subsequently L’Oreal managing brands internationally such

as Lynx and Cacharel; and after seven years I moved to BBC Worldwide becoming the Marketing Director on the Television board.

This gave me a chance to work closely with the world renowned BBC Natural History Unit to develop new concepts.  It was wonderful serendipity because it brought me back to the world I had always loved:  animals and nature.  I worked closely with Sir David Attenborough on many projects over

the years including Planet Earth and The Blue Planet. 

Whilst at the BBC I saw an opportunity to make wildlife feature films for the big screen.  It turned out to be a career-changer because I ended up morphing from being a Marketing Director to being a feature film producer.  I created, funded and launched globally the movie versions of The Blue Planet

in 2004; and Planet Earth in 2007.

After this success, I decided to make a go of it independently and I went on to set up on my own company producing

wildlife feature films.  I made 3 wildlife feature films for Disney, helping them start and develop their own nature label.  The three films were Wings of Life (2011), African Cats (2012) and Chimpanzee (2013).

Over those years I spent much time watching animals move, survive, eat, hunt and nurture their young. Producing wildlife films was wonderful and is a dream job for many and I’ve

been very lucky; but I realised I wanted to do something even closer to the animal world, something more physical and constructive than just pure observation and analysis.  This

set me on a course to change my career. I decided to close my production company and focus on developing a career

centred on animals.

So, since 2013, I have been working on the British Horse Society’s industry qualifications and am currently working towards Stage 3.  I also took on a failed racehorse to rehabilitate. It was here that I became more aware and very interested in rehabilitation work.

During this time, my dog damaged her hock growth plate. I wanted to work out the best way forward and spoke to many vets, before long I went to see Noel Fitzpatrick and his orthopaedic rehab team.  This experience was transformational for me:  seeing a limping dog in pain turned gradually into a 99% perfectly functioning happy hound.  The more I learnt, the more fascinated and hooked I became. 

I completed two sports massage therapy courses:  Canine and Equine with The College of Animal Physiotherapy (TCAP), an acupressure course and have spent much time shadowing vets, chiropractors, Bowen and physiotherapists and

watching operations to learn and gain experience.

Since working in this way with horses and dogs I am always amazed at the positive effects massage can have on the movement, recovery and well-being of an animal.

So now I am a massage therapist totally converted to the power of massage to prevent injury and thoroughly enjoy working closely with the medical team to provide an important complimentary therapy in the tool kit of animal care.


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