Joan is a level two NAHA Certified Aromatherapist with decades of experience working with animals and plant medicine combined with massage. In this episode, Joan shares some of her colorful field experiences and encourages safety awareness. She specializes in work with horses enabling self-medicative behavior by offering plant extracts that contain similar constituents to those found in their evolutionary history.
Joan Sorita, born in Los Angeles, California, in a Salvation Army Hospital, is a lover of animals and music. She worked as a vet tech, riding instructor and managed Olivia Newton John's farm. She moved to the High Desert in Southern California to open a re-hab and riding facility. There she became committed to herbs, therapies, aromatics, and animals' recovery emotionally and physically and studied with the elders in the horse world that were doing horse massage. There was not much in this field at the time when she started this work.
Joan was the Animal Aromatic Science Course director at Northwest School of Animal Massage in 2017. She co-founded NWSAM in 2001, adding her 25 years of experience in the equine performance world with bodywork and aromatics. Joan has studied with other pioneers in Animal Self-Medication; Caroline Ingraham, Ingrid Martin, Jade Shutes, Kelly Holland Azzaro, Catherine Bird, Nayana Morag.
Along with her husband Robert, she owns a farm in Montesano, Wa. They grow and harvest some of the ingredients for their products under the name Therapy Corner Store. Her daughter Casey Sorita now runs the store so that Joan can concentrate on making her aromatic animal products and teach ethics and safety with animals and aromatics.
Joan seeks out like-minded thinkers in this field so she can spread the word.
Disclaimer: The information presented in this podcast is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor if you are in need of medical care, and before making any changes to your health routine.