Ellen Reichle
Nationally Board Certified Massage Therapist
Licensed, State of South Carolina
Ellen has been providing massage therapy to humans and their animal companions throughout the Southeastern United States since 1989.  Though she currently resides in the beautiful horse haven of Aiken, South Carolina, she was born and raised in  Massachusetts. 
Her early career path included a 12-year stint as a professional chef and baker, and she also spent time in the great outdoors expressing her creativity in floral design and landscaping.
Despite this diverse background, the one constant that has always remained true for Ellen has been her passion for horses, which was revealed early on from her days as a Pony Clubber to her multiple career choices devoted to their care.  Some of these positions included:
 ~Veterninary Technician and Scrub Tech (Peterson and Smith   Equine Hospital in Ocala, Florida)
~Large Animal Caretaker (University of Tennessee)
~Groom/Barn Manager at a private Three-Day Eventing barn
~Barn Manager for a commercial Country Inn
A growing interest in and exploration of different healing modalities led Ellen to massage therapy, and in 1989 after competing a 500-hour, 18-month program of study, she graduated from the Potomac Massage Therapy Institute in Washington, D.C.  Her massage techniques range from relaxing Swedish massage to therapeutic deep tissue and trigger point therapy.  Her specialties include head, neck, and shoulder work to relieve pain from stress or physical injury, and in 2008 she completed coursework in Hospice and Palliative Care Massage and now volunteers at Regency Hospice. Her massage clients include athletes, expectant mothers, new mothers, the elderly, Parkinson's and Hospice patients, horseman of all disciplines, and retired military service men and women.
After working extensively at various spa facilities throughout West Virginia and North Carolina, Ellen settled in the equestrian community of Aiken, South Carolina in 2000.  Her combined love of animals and her belief in the healing power of massage prompted her to expand her practice to include horses and dogs.  She completed Mike Scott’s 150-hour animal certification program and has been licensed in the State of South Carolina to work on both people and horses since 2002.
Ellen has provided massage therapy to well over a thousand horses and ponies including those actively performing in dressage, hunter/jumper, gaited, eventing, and barrel racing disciplines as well as to lay-ups and retiress.  All have benefitted from the calming, therapeutic touch of massage.  As part of her equine practice, she is the official Massage Therapist for the The McElroy Group, led by USDF Silver medalist dressage competitor, trainer, and "R" judge Amy McElroy.
To learn more about massage therapy and the specific services Ellen can provide for you, your horse or your canine friend, please look under the Services section of this site.