After graduating from The San Francisco School of Massage, Dixie Snyder, C.M.T., launched her private practice in San Jose, California. Dixie’s whole-body approach evolved from her studies with osteopaths John E. Upledger, D.O., O.M.M., and Jean Pierre Barral, D.O., of The Upledger Institute. She received her education in deep-tissue massage from Marge Kapsos, a pioneer in the field.
Dixie is a life-long horse enthusiast, who began riding as a young girl and kept her own horse by the age of 20. In the mid-80's, the work of Jack Meager first inspired Dixie to translate her massage therapy skills to horses.
Today, Dixie combines her vast knowledge of horse anatomy, behavior, and biomechanics with her expertise in massage and training in Active Release Techniques (ART) and The Masterson Method to provide care to horses. Recreationally, Dixie progressed from trail riding to showing hunter/jumpers, which she did for 13 years, and learning dressage. Her newest interest is reining.
Dixie is a certified ART provider, and an innovator in applying ART to horses. ART is a patented, state of the art movement based massage technique that treats problems by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.
Dixie is certified in The Masterson Method of bodywork for horses. The Masterson Method is a gentle technique in which the therapist follows the horse’s response to touch in order to find and release accumulated muscle and structural stress that affects performance.