Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage

Students Testimonials

“The general relaxed atmosphere and vibe was great! So much information covered, but all while feeling so comfortable and at home.”

Jessica Paul, Canine Massage Level 1, April 2017

“Mary and Lizanne were very open, honest, enjoyed what they taught and were genuine about how excited they were that the students have chosen this as a profession. Great balance between modern science and holistic methods.”

Stephanie Jauch, Canine Massage Level 1, September 2016

“Jenny was very informative and has a vast knowledge about so many important topics about massage, rehab, and everything else in the equine field.”

Megan Steele, Equine Massage Level 2, July 2016

“My enrollment was very easy and straightforward with prompt responses to inquiries. Lizanne was wonderful and made everyone feel comfortable and supported. It was so wonderful to be around like-minded people!”

Kris Oberle, Canine Massage Level 1, June 2016

“I liked everything about Lizanne, but specifically her qualifications, approach/method of teaching, her overall energy, and presentation of herself.”

Jessica Leigh, Canine Massage Level 1, June 2016

“I really liked how approachable and attentive Callie was. I felt at ease pretty quickly and enjoyed the humor which created a positive and effective learning environment. It was a fun and relaxed class environment.”

Krista Nobilo, Equine Massage Level 1, May 2016

“I feel that I have found what I am supposed to be doing with this life of mine, and I can’t thank RMSAAM and the staff enough for all their help and support, especially Jenny Rukavina. She gave me so much moral support and encouragement – I can’t thank her enough. She helped give me the courage to follow through with it all and realize my potential. I also have a Facebook page that people can go to. So, Thank You RMSAAM!”

Dotty Williams

“I loved Callie’s passion and knowledge of equines. If she didn’t know an answer to a questions, she didn’t speak to it right away. She would find the answer and get it to you right away. I loved her teaching because she taught in different ways so everyone could understand.”

Dannah Kuenning, Equine Massage Level 1, March 2016

“Callie is knowledgable in more than just the class, was open to questions and never made you feel stupid or silly for asking. Callie is very easy to be around. The classroom energy was great!”

Gwen Williams, Equine Massage Level 1, March 2016

“The open and laid back demeanor was fantastic! All teaching styles allowed for so much information to be given in a short time. All great!”

Brenda Throop, Canine Massage Level 2, October 2015

“If you’re considering taking this course (L&S Animal Acupressure ) let me assure you the quality is high standard. Beth gives the time and attention necessary to teach you an exceptionally important technique. I’m a Certified Practitioner and have helped several clients and their companion animals in just a few weeks. Also, the stay at Beth’s was most enjoyable. Thank you Beth and RMSAAM for a great learning experience!”

Cynthia Mari Cadwell, Large and Small Animal Acupressure Level 1, April 2015

“Initially I didn’t have interest in Level 2, but just wanted Level 3. Wow! Level 2 exceeded my expectations in every way. I loved the material, the practice time, and Jenny.”

Kristen Mecca, Canine Massage Level 2, April 2015
“Shelley is upbeat, patient, and very thorough! She delivers feedback in a non-threatening way.”

Karla Havlina, Canine Massage Level 1, April 2015

“Liked Jenny’s vast knowledge and willingness to expand on tangents introduced during class. I received a lot of introcudtion to new things like craniosacral therapy, essential oils, etc that I was uninformed about.”

Shawna Thompson, Canine Massage Level 3, February 2015

“I am so appreciative to Jenny for this scholarship and the opportunity it opens for me!”

Jenn Jones, Scholarship Student, Canine Massage Level 1, February 2015

“It is just so cool how there is a school dedicated to this avenue in the animal field!”

Elizabeth Danelek, Canine Massage Level 1, February 2015

“Beth is a great teacher! It was easy to be her student!”

Nikki Maeder, Small Animal Acupressure Level 1, January 2015

“Tracy was a wealth of knowledge! She explained things clearly, willing to answer all questions, and truly wanted the students to succeed.”

Marissa Moore, Equine Massage Level 1, October 2014

“Awesome environment that encourages you to develop your confidence and skills, with people who are excited to see you succeed.”

Callie Rulli, Canine Massage Level 2, October 2014

“I was very impressed with the coursework and class! I chose this program over others because it was more organized and more in depth.”

Krista Popp, Canine Massage Level 1, September 2014

“Jenny is a FABULOUS teacher! Broke things down nicely, and was very encouraging. Loved her!”

Heather Ledbetter, Equine Massage Level 1, August 2014

“Jenny Rukavina created a very relaxed learning atmosphere, and answered a lot of questions for us which are not covered in the manual.”

Bettina Ross, Canine Massage Level 2, July 2014

“Laser Therapy works! I can definitely incorporate laser therapy into my massage work.”

Janella Rollert, Laser Therapy 101: The In’s and Out’s, June 2014

“Cyndi Rideout had great enthusiasm for her topic, and I was amazed at how quickly the laser therapy worked and how relatively easy it is to use!”

Amy McBurnie, Laser Therapy 101: The In’s and Out’s, June 2014

“Tracy Vroom was amazing! I learned so many things for my professional and personal lives. The spiritual things that I learned with help improve my life and business.”

Ana Carolina Wagner, Equine Massage Level 3, June 2014

“Jenny has a wealth of knowledge! She is very supportive and has a great skill in explaining the material.”

Anna Peckham, Equine Massage Level 2, May 2014

“I have been looking forward to learning from Anna for years! Finally my time has arrived and I couldn’t be more thrilled with my experience. Well worth my time, money, and years of stalking her!”

Christy Ferguson, Animal Communication, April 2014

“Loved learning from Traci! It was very easy to learn and understand the material.”

McKensy Lounsbury, Canine Massage Level 3, April 2014

“Fantastic Class! Thoroughly enjoyed Anna as an instructor. This class is leaving me with more confidence. I feel that an opening to new ways of receiving information has been created. Very excited about opening to new channels of ways for information to reach me!”

Leslie Mashman, Animal Communication, April 2014

“Jenny did lots of hands on massage work and gave great feedback.”

Carolyn Dobler, Canine Massage Level 2, January 2014

“Tracy Vroom was very knowledgeable and supportive.”

Sarah Werick, Canine Massage Level 1, January 2014

“I enjoyed the group of women and what each person brought to the class. It was nice to have the time for discussion and tangents of topics.”

Susan Dean, Canine Massage Level 1, January 2014

“Tracy Vroom – her knowledge base was vast and she added a lot of “other” touches”

Kyle Kastberg, Canine Massage Level 1, November 2013

“I felt very open and comfortable with Tracy, she really knows her material”

Jordan Browne, Canine Massage Level 1, November 2013

“I enjoyed the laid back atmosphere of the class…”

Angela Silverthorn. Canine Massage Level 2, September 2013

“Jenny has great experience, patience as well as an effective communication/teaching style”

Casara Andre, Canine Massage Level 2, September 2013

“I feel really blessed to have had Jenny as my instructor. She is a wealth of knowledge and is willing to share it. She is very patient and encouraging but also lets students think for themselves!!”

Amy Kuehl, Equine Massage Level 1, August 2013

“I loved how Jenny Rukavina was never in a hurry and allowed time for all questions, comments and discussions…. Nice balance of depth and breadth of material”

Carol Ogle, Equine Massage Level 2, July 2013

“I loved Jenny Rukavina’s energy, knowledge and her experiences she shared with us!!”

Jaqui Cook, Equine Massage Level 2, July 2013

“The flexibility and freedom to work with the horses as well as being in the classroom and sharing knowledge and support with others was a plus!”

Kourtney Ludwig, Equine Massage Level 2, May 2013

” To be able to practice what you have learned in the classroom straight away really sets it in stone!! I loved how hands on the class was”

April Knapp, Equine Massage Level 2, May 2013

“The correspondence course I took through RMSAAM was so thorough that it enabled me to be very well prepared for the Canine Level 3 Instruction”

Cheryl Berlin, Canine Massage Level 3, May 2013

“I am so glad to have found the RMSAAM School. Seeing the dog relax and their eyes roll back and get them to sigh during the massage, brought a smile to my face.”

Jeff Willet, Canine Massage Level 1, March 2013

“Once again I have had a great experience.  I love RMSAAM and all the people involved with the school.”

Bill O’Connell, Equine Massage Level 2, March 2013

“The way the class was structured, I felt I improved my technique every day, which was wonderful. I loved that there was such a variety of horses to practice on as it enhanced my experience.”

Leslie Thomas, Equine Massage Level 1, March 2013

“I learned so much about horses and horse massage. The class exceeded my expectations. As a result of the class I have become a much better horse person.”

Emily Pugh, Equine Massage Level 1, March 2013

“It was a wonderful experience to able to work on such a variety of dogs, large, small, active, sedentary etc. It was a great opportunity to experience canine massage.”

Brett Mortley, Canine Massage Level 1, January 2013

“I thought the curriculum was great. It was very much to the point without fillers that took up time but actual pertinent information.”

Krista Kruse, Canine Massage Level 2, January 2013

“The RMSAAM instructors are FABULOUS! They are informative, intelligent and very helpful. I am super motivated for my future in K9 massage.”

Laura Syring, Canine Massage Level 2, November 2012

“The location, instructor (Beth Pelosa) and format were all great.  The hands on experiences were priceless.”

Elizabeth Klein, Acupressure Level 1, November 2012

” I feel the RMSAAM instructors offer a very special energy to their teaching. I feel I have been blessed to study under both Kelly and Jenny.”

Stevi Quick, Canine Massage Level 3, October 2012

“Jenny (instructor) is fabulous; so knowledgeable, and moves at a good pace – a fountain of resources.”

Dina Tibbs, Canine Massage Level 2, October 2012

“Beth Pelosa lives what she teaches; she is authentic and has vast knowledge based on experience.”

MaryLeah Holtman, Acupressure Massage Level 2, October 2012

“Anna Twinney ( instructor) was very clear, matter of fact, compassionate and encouraging.”

Lorraine Campbell, Animal Communication, October 2012

“Beth Pelosa, (instructor) is very open and personable.  She wants you to learn the information.  She is here for the student, and removes her ego in her teaching.”

Sarah Elkan, Acupressure Massage Level 1, August 2012

“Kelly Legarreta (instructor): “I liked her enthusiasm, energy, passion, knowledge, personality, and instruction style. I had seen her on a TV spot, and it was good, yet kelly was even better one-on-one. She is an asset to RMSAAM and to the field!”

Sherrie D’Anne, Canine Massage Level 1, August 2012

Instructor: Kelly Legarreta had a wealth of experience to share with us.  She fostered a sense of community, well-being with the students, clients, and had excellent resources.”

Dena DeSantis, Canine Massage Level 2, July 2012

“Kelly (instructor) was patient! Very knowledgable, positive and a ray of sunshine! She was very professional!”

Tina Marie Richardson, Canine Massage Level 1, July 2012

“Jenny Rukavina (instructor) is awesome. She is very knowledgeable and very personal, yet professional.”

Leila Nelson, Canine Massage Level 2, July 2012

“I love her (Jenny Rukavina, instructor) knowledge of pathology and experience in the industry – very helpful with anatomy.  The field trips were very eye-opening and full of information ”

Claire Sexauer, Equine Massage, Level 2, June 2012

“Beth Pelosa (instructor) was very knowledgeable, patient, and easy to understand, (Longmont, CO location) was very convenient and comfortable.”

Denice Scott, Large and Small Animal Acupressure, Level 1, May 2012

“I like that Jenny Rukavina (instructor) has a history in teaching as well as her own business in our field.”

Chirsty Ferguson, Canine Massage Level 2, May 2012

“Jenny, (instructor) was awesome and very thorough.  Class was great!”

Steve DiOrio, Equine Massagel Level 2, April 2012

“Jenny Rukavina, the instructor, was very open to questions and made the atmosphere great for learning.  I liked the option of going to the Horse Expo to see Susan Harris’ ‘The visible Horse’.  It helped me to reinforce the anatomy being learned.”

Anonymous Student, Equine Massagel Level 2, March 2012

(Two most important things learned in class:) “The massage sequence, and how to convey to clients the reasons why their dogs should get massaged.  Kelly Legaretta, the instructor was very nice, patient, and knowledgable about the class.”

April Leitzsch, Canine Massagel Level 1, March, 2012

“The instructor, Jenny Rukavina, and Lisa Speaker, (Founder and Executive Director), both projected great energy! I felt very confident going into the final test.”

Lindsey Thomas, Equine Massage Level 1, October 2011

“I liked the instructor Jenny Rukavina’s ‘real world’ experience and what she brought to her teaching, and what Lisa Speaker, (Founder and Executive Director), contributed in terms of experience on the business end; a plus!”

Margaret Buchanan, Equine Massage Level 1, October 2011

“I liked the instructor, Kelly Legarreta’s personality, and experience.”

Susana Colmont, Canine Massage Level 1, September 2011

“I liked my instructor, Kelly Legarreta’s positive and encouraging teaching methods.”

Charlotte Puglisi, Canine Massage Level 2, September 2011

“Kelly Legarreta, the instructor, is kind, patient, knowledgeable… everything!”

Paulette Suzanna Grace, Canine Massage Level 1, August 2011

“Jenny Rukavina, the instructor, has so much knowledge about the Equine industry that made the class interesting and fun.  She provided a most wonderful experience for me.”

Audra Austin, Equine Massage Level 2, July 2011

“The curriculum was excellent!! Loved the location and learned to remain constantly aware of the animals and the surroundings.”

Charlotte Edwards, Equine Massage Level 1, July 2011

“The instructors were wonderful, knowledgeable, caring and thoroughly enjoyable! I loved that we had a lot of time working with the dogs.”

Susan Ivany, Canine Massage Level 1, June 2011

“RMSAAM you have created a great learning environment that was easy and comfortable to learn in! Thanks so much.”

Tori Ahlquist, Canine Massage Level 1, June 2011

“Thank you for creating a professional program that helps us to help the animals.  I loved the instructors willingness to patiently answer our many, many questions. Top rate all the way !”

Michelle Kodis, Canine Massage Level 1, May 2011

“The instructor, Beth Pelosa, has an amazing passion for acupressure and her teaching methods are very non-judgmental.  Hands on with the horses was the thing I loved the most, the horses were great!”

Mary Holtman, Large and Small Animal Acupressure Level 1, April 2011

“The most important thing to me that I learned was how to better a horses well being. This made me truly realize that this is what I want to do.  I love it !!  Thank you Jenny and RMSAAM.”

Mariah Kusilek, Equine Massage Level 2, April 2011

“I was asked what one thing did I love about the class and I said I couldn’t pick just one thing I enjoyed everything, every day. Isadora, the instructor, was wonderful..”

Kat Lanctot, Equine Massage Level 1, April 2011

“I thought the format was planned and executed superbly!!  The program was delivered very professionally!! Good job RMSAAM and Kelly!! ”

Jeffrey Barge, Canine Massage Level 1, April 2011

“Kelly was an amazing teacher. In two days she taught a blind person all she needed to know. Everything was spot on, I truly loved the class.”

Janet Deluca, Canine Massage Level 1, March 2011

“Rocky Mountain School has been one of the most positive experiences of my life. I have always felt a real calling to help animals.  Thanks to RMSAAM I can fulfill that dream.”

Tina Marie Richardson, Canine Massage Level 1, March 2011

“The class taught me technique but more important for me was focus and grounding.  This class put me  on the path to a more solid self.”

Melissa Gibson, Equine Massage Level 1, March 2011

“Shelley, the instructor, was great at promoting intelligent conversations from everyone. It was a terrific interactive experience.”

Kris Custer, Canine Massage Level 1, March 2011

“What I learned that was most important to me was muscle function and I also now have a good grasp on energy and the calming of the whole practice. Thanks so much.”

Mendy Keech, Canine Massage Level 1, March 2011

“The class was wonderful and I enjoyed everything about and wish it had even been longer. I can’t wait to take my next class at RMSAAM.”

Kris Custer, PetTech  CPR and First Aid, March 2011

“I learned the importance of being present and grounded during the massage and how important it is for me to relax so the animals can fully benefit from the treatment.”

Warren Pister, Canine Massage Level 1, January 2011

“The instructor was very knowledgeable, flexible, fun and created a nurturing and supportive environment. Over all the whole experience was just FABULOUS!!”

Charlotte Edwards, Canine Massage Level 1, January 2011

“I learned the full impact of how beneficial sports massage is to the animals.  This was a huge benefit to me. The curriculum was presented in a most conducive way to learning, loved it.”

Terri Matera, Canine Massage Level 2, January 2011

“The field trip to the Canine Rehab Center was the highlight of the class for me, very enlightening and a great addition to the classroom study.”

Michele Compton , Canine Massage Level 2, November 2010

“The opportunity to have availability of many dogs in the classroom with a variety of personalities, to work was invaluable.”

Rose Glenn, Canine Massage Level 1, November 2010

“I loved how the dogs were in the classroom with us, somehow it made us feel not so much like a class but created a very calming learning environment .”

Patricia Arrigunaga, Canine Massage Level 1, November 2010

“Most importantly I learned that it is all about the HORSE!! and the confidence I gained that I can really do this! ! ”

Cindy Tate, Equine Massage Level 1, October 2010

“The group of people in my class, including the instructor, were all WONDERFUL people, making this a truly positive experience.”

Anonymous Student, Equine Massage Level 1, October 2010

“I perfectly enjoyed every minute of this class! ! !  I loved the hands-on with the dogs and can’t wait to take my next class.”

Gina Sawyer, Canine Level 2, October 2010

” The energy, the dogs and the people is what I loved most about the class. I learned that even though I am not a veterinarian, I can now effectively complement the work of a vet.”

Simon Dickens , Canine Level 1, October 2010

“Shelley Sheets has great energy, tremendous for animals and a a great knowledge of massage. I felt the lymphatic massage portion was the most important factor for me. ”

Teresa, Canine Level 3, September 2010

“I really enjoyed Beth Pelosa’s calm and real attitude and her emotional attachment to the subject.  The location was great, comfortable and conducive to a positive learning experience.”

Erin Allen, Acupressure Large & Small Animal, September 2010

“The facility and location exceeded my expectations.  The classes were very well organized and very thorough.The guest speakers were excellent.  Most of all I enjoyed the field trips.”

Jenny Kuchner , Canine Massage Level 1, September 2010

“The entire experience was wonderful ! !  The location and setting was perfect.  Learning the correct technique for breathing and the use of strokes was most important to me.  The guest speakers and field trips were terrific.”

Sue, Canine Massage Level 1, September 2010

“Hi Lisa and Jenny, Although I am very excited and feeling like shouting: “YaHoo”, I will remain pleasantly calm (yes Jenny, I am feeling my feet!) and express my heart felt gratitude to RMSAAM for providing such a positive learning experience in an awesome environment with a truly wonderful instructor. I appreciate your constructive criticism and kind remarks in regards to the case studies. Thank you, Dee

Denise Desoto, Equine Massage Levels 1 and 2, 2010

“The most important thing to me that I learned in the class was learning the correct technique for pet assessment. I feel this was extremely valuable to me along with the first aid techniques.”

Anonymous Student, Pet CPR, August 2010

“The two most important things I learned was how to breathe properly and how to help dogs relieve their pain. These two things will definitely make me more effective in my practice.”

Darlene Winslet, Canine Massage Level 2, August 2010

“I loved learning more about how to pay attention to the cues  from the dog and how to be more healing with my hands. The constant connection with the dogs was wonderful ”

Shanti Clawson-Miller, Canine Massage Level 1, August 2010

“The most important thing that I learned in this class was to understand that canine massage is more about the love you give to the animal through your hands and energy.”

Darlene Winslet, Canine Massage Level 1, August 2010

“Every day was filled with interesting information, very interactive and lots of hands-on learning  The energy was uplifting, healing and positive .”

Paula Chabura , Canine Massage Level 1, July 2010

“Overall this was just a wonderful experience ! ! ! ! The interaction with the classmates and dogs, facilitated by Kristi, was great.”

Nancy Stokvis , Canine Massage Level 1, July 2010

“I loved the location, very peaceful and conducive to the class. Great energy and was wonderful with the horses..”

Aimee LeCour, Equine Massage Level 1, July 2010

“This class was absolutely PERFECT and exceeded all my expectations Beth is well educated and has beautiful energy.  I cannot wait to take another class with her ”

Aimee LeCour , Large and Small Animal Acupressure Level 2, May 2010

“One of the most important things I learned was how to assess the animal for feedback when in point. The animal really tunes in to confirm you are where you need to be. The instructor, Beth Pelosa, was very reassuring and confident with a tremendous commitment to the students and animals ”

Laurinda Solomon , Large and Small Animal Acupressure Level 1, April 2010

“The curriculum was exceptional! The instructor encouraged and facilitated learning from each other, which was great.  The things I loved most was the horses, the relaxed and peaceful environment. ”

Kelsey, Large and Small Animal Acupressure Level 1, April 2010

“The location was great with an inviting learning environment. The instructor was thorough, clear and fun.  One thing she really impressed upon us was to trust our gut feelings, which is truly important when working with animals.!”

Mindi Counts , Large and Small Animal Acupressure Level 1, April 2010

“Castle Rock was great! I loved how knowledgeable the instructor was, she gave good explanations and I feel honored to have her as an instructor. The most important things I learned were the process of inviting the flow of energy and sensing the energy. Thank you – I look forward to taking another class at RMSAAM!”

Betsy Semones , Reiki Levels 1 and 2 and Animal Practitioner, May 2010

“The instructor was great!  She gave clues to help you remember, she was patient, listened and gave you wonderful feedback.”

Stacy Willems, Canine Massage Level 1, April 2010

“Thank you.  This class, and the others I have taken, are helping me to achieve my goals of doing what I love…. and away from my desk job I can make a living doing what I love.”

Jennifer Kessler Canine Massage Level 1, April 2010

“Beth was wonderful and kept the students at ease and provided a wonderful atmosphere for learning. It was so nice to learn a healing art in such a wonderful healing environment.”   

Aemi Miller, Large and Small Animal Acupressure Level 1, March 2010

“Beth Pelosa (the instructor) was great.  She was very knowledgeable and a fun ball of energy. ”

Desiree Attebury, Large and Small Animal Acupressure Level 1, March 2010

“Fantastic course! Exceeded my expectations! In the first ten minutes of day one I knew I had picked the right school!”

Liz McLeod , Canine Massage Level 1, (Lake Worth, Florida) March 2010

“I liked everything about the class and the location was awesome, above my expectations. I loved the hands on with the dogs.”

Julia Meredith , Canine Massage Level 1, (Lake Worth, Florida) March 2010

“Jenny was very clear and approachable. She knows her material. This was an excellent class. I loved the approachable spirit of Jenny and her style of teaching. I am leaving with the feeling that I can work well with horses in a healing way. ”

Paulette Terrels , Equine Massage Levels 1 and 2, (Palm City, FL) January 2010

“Jenny has good, clear teaching methods and she covered the course material thoroughly, nicely balanced between book, discussion and hands-on. The classroom (Palm City) was close to the animals and I loved hearing the donkey! I loved the holistic approach to this program and Jenny was awesome. ”

Dee DeSoto, Equine Massage Levels 1 and 2, (Palm City, FL) January 2010

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