on In The Groove (Cecil).
| Rider’s Edge
Integrated Equine Bodywork is owned and operated by Gwen Bernardo,
E.S.M.T. Gwen is a Certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist
through Equissage®. She is a member of the International
Equine Body Worker Association and is the Official Equine Bodyworker
for the Cal Poly Pomona Equestrian Team.
have always been a passion for Gwen. When her beloved gelding
Cecil turned 15, he began to suffer from chronic back and
shoulder pain as the result of a long career doing upper level
medals and jumpers. It became a natural progression for Gwen
to learn how to perform bodywork to ease his discomfort. Cecil
has been in full work and competitions thanks to consistent
bodywork and monthly sports massage therapy. When people ask
Gwen why she chose equine bodywork as her lifelong profession,
she just winks and says, "It was Cecil’s idea."
Gwen began Rider’s Edge Integrated Equine Bodywork in
2008 after receiving her foundation training and certification
from Equissage (the world’s oldest and foremost animal
massage program). In addition to this education, she has over
200 additional hours of advanced education including equine
spinal anatomy with Dr. Bill Hampton D.C., equine myofascial
release with Jim Pascucci (Advanced Certified Rolfer) and
equine structural integration with Jim Masterson. Her ultimate
goal is to become a Certified Master Equine Body Worker through
Equinology. She is currently working on finishing up the requirements
for phase one of that work.
As a National Association of Sports Medicine certified personal
trainer, amateur triathlete, and hunt seat rider, Gwen understands
the rigors and stresses that the body is subjected to during
high performance activities. Both pleasure and performance
horses benefit from this unique knowledge and how it relates
to healing and recuperation. Rider’s Edge has a large
and varied clientele in the different disciplines of equestrian
sport, from jumpers to racehorses to Prix St. Georges dressage
Gwen Bernardo recognizes the work it takes to be successful
in a very competitive industry and takes pride in giving equine
athletes that "extra edge." She receives great joy
in seeing the achievements of her clients. She wants you and
your equine partner to succeed as much as you do and will
go the extra mile to help you get there!
believe in having the necessary education, knowledge, and
experience to perform equine bodywork.
I encourage you, the owner/trainer to take the same precautions
in selecting a body worker for your horse as you would in
choosing one for yourself.
Bodywork, of any type, is an art form. Anyone can give a rub
down, but to successfully perform bodywork and achieve professional
results, a therapist must have the necessary skills, talent,
training, and background.
Gwen and Cecil |