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Spring & Summer 2017

This year we’re putting on several therapy courses, which will be four days long and include two separate clinics. You have the option of signing up for all four days, or selecting just one of the two day clinics. The first part is taught by Deborah Powell and you will learn about using microcurrent therapy and iontophoresis. The second part of the course is Bambi Dore’s two-day bodywork course, called Symmetry = Success, Module 1 (as well as the new Module 2 course).

Whether you’re a horse trainer, an equine therapist, or an owner, equestrians of all kinds and the many horses in their lives will benefit from the techniques and knowledge gained from these courses.

Clinic Dates:

  • April 27-30: MicroCurrent 102 & Bodywork Module 1
  • May 13: MicroCurrent 101
  • May 20-21: Bodywork Module 2 (Prereq: Bodywork Module 1)
  • June 3-4: Bodywork Module 1
  • June 24-25: MicroCurrent 102
  • September 14-17: MicroCurrent 102 & Bodywork Module 2
  • October 5-8: MicroCurrent 102 & Bodywork Module 1

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Course Information

Customize Your Course Experience: The four-day clinics are made up of two separate courses. So you get to choose - do you want all four days of learning or just one of the two parts? Also, if you’re interested in getting your Best-Vet Certification during the course, contact Matrix Therapy Products.

MicroCurrent 101 Class

This is a one day in the barn practice class. No prior experience required.

MicroCurrent 102 Clinic for Horses

The MicroCurrent 102 Class in the two day format is one day in the class room and the second day working on horses. And yes, you can bring a horse (sometimes two) with prior approval only. ** We also touch on all of the other therapies that Matrix represents that are complementary to MicroCurrent therapy. Beginners may wish to read the book “MicroCurrent for Horses and other vital therapies” prior to the class to get the most from the class. Seasoned users coming for a review should bring their list of items for the Q & A periods. For seasoned Best-Vet users wanting certification you’re welcome to take the written exam at the end of the class on day two. Basic training and completion of case studies are required prior to taking exam. Case studies need to be turned in 30 days prior to taking the class.

Bodywork Module 1: Symmetry = Success

This class is taught by Bambi Dore and is a two day format. The course materials introduce her unique blend of soft touch bodywork methods to help horses be their best selves structurally. With her 35 years of experience, the horses often leave taller, straighter, more comfortable in their bodies, and proportionally more correct after the two days they are here. She also incorporates various therapy tools. Learn more about Bambi and her Bodywork courses here.

Many have taken Module 1 more than once to perfect their skills. And though this is a formatted class, each workshop will see slight variations to address the particular horses’ needs.

Please Note: This is not a massage or Chiropractic classes.

Contact Matrix before Paying: Classes are kept small so you must email or call before paying. There is the opportunity to bring your own horse, however you must contact Matrix beforehand if you are interested in bringing horses.* Also, there is plenty of room for living quarter trailers.

Bodywork Module 2: Acupoint Body Mapping and Bodywork

Prerequisite is Module 1. This class is a continuation with more advanced bodywork techniques and with a section devoted to Acupoint training. Meridian charts in the workbook are specifically designed for this course.

Course Details

The courses will be held on the following dates, click here to view the product page and sign-up. Here is the list of upcoming Therapy Course dates for 2017! Be sure to reserve your spot soon as space is limited and the courses do fill up quickly! 

  • April 27-30: MicroCurrent 102 & Bodywork Module 1
  • May 13: MicroCurrent 101
  • May 20-21: Bodywork Module 2 (Prereq: Bodywork Module 1)
  • June 3-4: Bodywork Module 1
  • June 24-25: MicroCurrent 102
  • September 14-17: MicroCurrent 102 & Bodywork Module 2
  • October 5-8: MicroCurrent 102 & Bodywork Module 1

Location: Matrix Therapy Products' Training Facility. See below for lodging and area details.

Sign-Up: Space is limited, contact before paying. Pay for course here.

Other formalities and requirements:

  1. Experienced horse persons only
  2. No auditors
  3. Release forms will be handed out at arrival and are to be signed and turned in before class.
  4. Class fees are non refundable. However, should unforeseen circumstance of class cancellation occur then  class fees only will be reimbursed.

About the Bodywork Course

Who Should Take the Class: Exposes therapists to a bodywork system that is a blend of several types of therapies, which creates a more thorough method to accomplish the end goal of comfort and soundness for the horse. Primarily for equine therapists looking for indepth knowledge on unique and effective bodywork techniques and a specialized evaluation system. Knowledgeable horse owners looking to keep their own horses sound will also benefit from the material provided.

Course Description: Symmetry = Success (Module 1) is unlike any course you have taken.  Learn why massage, chiropractic, stretching, and other types of bodywork doesn’t always get the job done. Learn what you might be doing that is not beneficial. Learn repeatable steps to improve your horse. Over the course of two days, learn how to make significant changes and see the difference with newly educated eyes.

The course is two days long and is taught by Bambi Dore. Classroom and hands-on clinic teaching the introduction to Bambi’s bodywork techniques, including a system to evaluate the entire horse and how to address the issues that are found.

Being able to assess the horse’s whole body and determine the next step in a timely and efficient manner is the big difference between an average therapist and an excellent one. Each session is meant to improve the horse significantly, and this course will help you do just that. If you have taken massage courses you'll find this course is not that. This is not the same as other types of massage and bodywork courses, but it does incorporate using your hands and therapy tools.

Bambi Dore’s unique blend of bodywork is influenced by her training in cranial sacral, myofascial release, osteopathy, soft chiropractic, oriental medicine, and therapy tools. Her courses on learning bodywork are offered in Level 1 and Level 2 options. The Level 1 course was created to introduce the steps in a repeatable fashion. It is designed to help others learn a system for whole body evaluation and addressing the issues found.

The upcoming classes are all the two day, Level 1 Symmetry = Success course hosted by Matrix Therapy Products. There will be lunch and course materials provided, and horses on site for hands-on practice.

For decades lucky clients of Bambi have been in awe of her ability to see what needs to be done and to accomplish it. To her, animals are billboards showing the obvious issues that need fixing. Meanwhile, the untrained watch in bewilderment as she quietly puts a horse back together.

Bambi has been working in the bodywork field for around 30 years, and referral is the only way you learn about Bambi. She has no website, business cards, or advertising for her services but still manages to have a long waiting list.

The following are requirements for attending the class.

  • Knowledge and experience working with (owning horses),  
  • Equine Anatomy,
  • Basic knowledge of Microcurrent,
  • Recommended Reading:  
    • MicroCurrent for Horses
    • Horse Anatomy (Dover Coloring Book) by John Green


Bambi Dore's Bio

Bambi maintains a large clientele list in the Northwest, owns six horses, and has just started roping lessons. In her youth, Bambi rode steeple chase and dressage in Europe. She returned to the US in the 60s, accepting a position as a dressage trainer in Pebble Beach, CA. A short marriage to an (excellent) farrier and having a daughter facilitated a move to the Northwest. She then expanded to eventing as both trainer and rider. Also, Bambi operated a thoroughbred breeding program and lesson barn in dressage, jumping, and cross country.

Therapy entered into her life when she was seriously injured. This path took her on a personal quest to get out of a wheel chair. The list of courses she has taken is extensive. Each time looking for that special nugget of information for new inspiration. She started applying that knowledge to her horses, then to clients’ horses. She was often used by many companies as the testing ground for new therapy equipment and has a keen sense of what is good for horses and what equipment is not.

Bambi is one of the nicest and most humble instructors you'll ever have and you’d be hard pressed to find anyone with as much experience and knowledge about caring for horses. As her clients often say, “I wish I had an ounce of her knowledge.”

Lodging & Area Attractions

Recommended Nearby Lodging

Holiday Inn Express (503) 722-7777
75 82nd Dr, Gladstone, OR

Best Western Plus Rivershore Hotel
1900 Clackamette Dr, Oregon City, OR 97045

Monarch Hotel (503) 652-1515
12566 Southeast 93rd Avenue, Portland/Clackamas, OR 97015

Courtyard Portland Southeast (503) 652-2900
9300 Southeast Sunnybrook Boulevard, Clackamas, OR 97015

Days Inn Portland South (503) 654-1699
9717 Southeast Sunnyside Road, Clackamas, OR 97015

Nearby Airport: Portland International Airport (PDX)

Oregon Area Attractions

  • Downtown Portland (45 min. away)
  • Multnomah Falls (Approx. 1 hr away)
  • Timberline Lodge (Approx. 1 hr 10 min away)
  • Oregon Coast: Tillamook Beach (and Tillamook Cheese Factory), Seaside, Astoria, Cannon Beach. (Approx. 2 hours away)
  • Bob's Red Mill (Approx. 30 min away)

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