Sarah Gantsoudes is a certified equine massage therapist and MagnaWava PEMF provider based in Central Virginia. Sarah’s practice unites lifelong passions for horsemanship and dynamic wellness, honed by training from the premier human and equine massage institutions and educators around the world. Her diverse bodywork background allows for a highly individualized approach, to which she brings a natural spirit of enthusiasm, patience, and sensitivity. Sarah celebrates collaborative efforts with owners, trainers, veterinarians, farriers, and other equine healthcare professionals to promote optimum comfort and function for the horse.

Sarah holds certifications from Equinology®, MagnaWave, Equine Positional Release and Ortho-Bionomy, the Boulder College of Massage Therapy, and the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. She is also a member of the International Equine Body Worker Association and the Association of Bodywork & Massage Professionals, through which she is insured. She lives in Madison, Virginia.

 

 
 

I was raised in a family that valued the rigors of physical expression as highly as intellectual curiosity, and the wisdom of animals as surely as our other human teachers. Athletics and animals were facts of my life and cornerstones of my joy, and horses were the intersection between them. I reveled in both the exuberance and the contemplativeness of equestrianship, and in the playfulness, grace, and power of my animal companions.

In 2004, I moved from New England to Colorado and received my BA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. I then went on to study at the world-renowned Boulder College of Massage Therapy and graduated from its 1000-hour program in June 2010. A strong foundation in physiology, kinesiology, and the healing arts prepared me for my formal training in equine bodywork, and in November 2010, I completed an advanced certification in Equine Positional Release and Ortho-Bionomy with founder, Zarna Carter, at the New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts. Seeking dynamic techniques to synthesize the benefits of my massage work, I then resumed ongoing study with the legendary trainer and clinician, Jean Luc Cornille, in the art of In Hand Therapy in January 2011.  That winter also saw my introduction to MagnaWave PEMF technology,  which immediately became an integral component of my horse and human families' training and recovery plan.  After over five years of personal use, I became a certified MagnaWave practitioner in June 2016.

In the summer of 2011, I returned to my home state in New England and completed over 500 comprehensive hours of massage, research, and analysis to receive highest marks on my internationally-recognized Equinology® Equine Body Worker certificate in May 2012. In the fall of 2012, I relocated to my new home in Central Virginia, where my formal work as an equine massage therapist began.  Today, I live  at Mansfield Farm in Madison, VA, with my Australian Shepherd, Luke, my Lusitano-Kiger, Luar,  and a full cast of horses owned and trained by my mother, Martha Gantsoudes.  Both at home and throughout the state, I am thrilled to be working alongside some of the happiest and most accomplished horses on Earth.

Hands Hooves Hearts was borne out of great respect for the generosity and magnificence of the equine athlete, and I endeavor to pay tribute to this in all I do. I am committed to attending to the unique needs of my clients and specialize in providing scientifically relevant, physiologically effective, and energetically attuned bodywork for beings of all kinds. It is a privilege to work with you and your equine companions towards a life of wellness! 

In good health,
Sarah Gantsoudes