Medicine Pony

Lisa Murray Machala

Equine Guided Learning Coach, Licensed Massage Therapist,
Independent Reiki Master-Teacher

My earliest and fondest childhood memories center on my relationship with animals, particularly horses. In 2004, I transitioned from a corporate career into a profession that would enable me to re-connect more closely with these powerfully sentient and wise beings. Establishing Michigan Equine Therapy enabled me to work daily with the animals I love, providing therapeutic massage and energy healing techniques to improve the quality of horses' lives. Complementary care; such as massage and Reiki, offers tremendous opportunity for healing, awakening and growth for animals just as it does for humans.  I now work as a practitioner, teacher and facilitator. I am thrilled to be working with and for the animals, and teaching others how to do the same.

Over the last decade, I have learned that we have much to learn from the animals. This led me into the field of Equine Facilitated Experiential Learning, or Equine Guided Learning. Helping humans improve their lives through an authentic connection with the horses has become my life's work.  I am a passionate advocate for the healing power of the horse, and the possibilities this represents for all of us on an individual, organizational, societal and species levels. Please visit the Equine Guided Learning page to learn more about this unique and profound learning and growth opportunity.

Career highlights:

  • Registered Holy Fire Karuna Master, International Center for Reiki Training, Southfield MI
  • Teaching Assistant, Cranio Sacral Therapy, Upledger Institute, Palm Gardens, FL
  • Certified Equine Guided Learning Facilitator, EquuSpirit Partnership, Howell, MI
  • Equine Massage Elective Instructor, Irene's Myomassology Institute, Southfield MI
  • Independent Usui /Tibetan Reiki Master/Teacher, International Center for Reiki Training, Southfield MI 
  • Owner / Operator of
  • Professional Member of the Reiki Membership Association - A William Lee Rand organization 
  • Licensed Massage Therapist - State of Michigan
  • Certified Member of the Association of Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP)
  • Certified Animal Massage Therapist, Equissage Inc.  
  • Lifetime Member of the International Association of Animal Massage Therapists (IAAMT)
  • Owner / Operator of Michigan Equine Therapy
  • Graduate of The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor,  BA in Psychology & Economics