Horses were a big part of Thalia's upbringing in Cochrane, Alberta – she learnt to ride before she could walk! She joined the local Pony Club and competed at the international level in Tetrathlon, national level in Pentathlon and achieved B Level. During her high school years, she became hooked on eventing, and following graduation she worked and trained with top eventing professionals. She worked in North America, then travelled to Yorkshire, England to learn from international event rider Helen Bell.
Her experience working with top professionals to keep elite horses fit and sound was what sparked her interest in equine therapy. She completed an FdSc and BSc in Equine Sport Science, then an MSc Equine Science at Hartpury College (University of the West of England) in Gloucstershire, UK. Her university experience expanded her knowledge with human and equine research-intensive courses and practical, hands-on experience in the Hartpury conditioning gym for elite rugby players. She worked in the Hartpury Equine Therapy Centre with top Olympic and World Champion horses. She worked alongside top physiotherapists, chiropractors and veterinarians as they diagnosed and treated elite equine athletes. She was awarded Top Final Year Student in the FdSc and MSc cohorts.
Alongside her university degrees, Thalia also completed the Level 4 Human Sports Massage Diploma and ITEC Diploma in Equine Sports Massage Therapy from respected Physiotherapist & Sports Massage Therapist Mary Bromiley (F.C.S.P., S.R.P., R.P.T.). She holds the Level 2 Gym Instructor course from the UK and the Canadian SMCA Sports Trainer course, giving her a sound knowledge of taping and strapping for athletes.
Years of working at university gyms – from SAIT in Alberta to Hartpury College in England has given Thalia the knowledge base to support her massage therapy. She worked freelance and within the Sports Therapy Clinic at Hartpury College, supporting athletes as a massage therapist in collaboration with physiotherapists. Her patients ranged from rugby and soccer players to competitive runners, Crossfit athletes and swimmers. She now works with athletes at TCR Sport Lab in Calgary, AB screening functional movement, testing in the metabolic lab and coaching strength and conditioning.
Her concern for the wellbeing of human and equine athlete is evident in her assessment and treatment, advising patients on take-home exercises and lifestyle choices to produce optimum performance, whatever your goals.
Please be aware that TESports Therapy is not a replacement for conventional veterinary care and works closely with Canadian veterinarians.