My Shiatsu journey started in 2001 when I watched a friends' horse receiving a Shiatsu Treatment. I had no idea what the therapist was doing, how he was doing it, or what was happening - I just knew by watching the reactions of the horse that something was indeed happening. My curiosity was raised and I just needed to find out what this Shiatsu stuff was. I found a human shiatsu course here in Colchester and went along to to find out more about it - I never intended to actually become a Practitioner. The course was a 3 year course and I signed up for the first year, but by the end I was hooked! I earned my Diploma from the British School of Shiatsu-Do at the end of 2004 and Equipoise Shiatsu was born.
Having owned horses for many years, it was quite natural for me to practice on my own horses, helped by the text books published by Pamela Hannay. For my 3rd year dissertation I chose to look at the interactions between horses and their riders. It may seem obvious, but most of us horse riders choose to ignore the fact that if we have a sore back then so does the horse, or if we are tight in our shoulders then the horse will also be tight in the shoulders. My conclusion was that in most cases, the best way to treat the horse is to actually treat the rider when the problems are schooling related - of course, the best option is to treat both!
In 2004 I was assessed by The Shiatsu Society and became an MRSS ( Member of the Register of Shiatsu Society practitioners) and in 2008 was accepted as an approved Practitioner by tESA (the Equine Shiatsu Association). I have since done a 2 year teacher training course with The Shiatsu College and now run my own workshops and am currently a committee member for tESA.
I started my acupuncture course with Bodyharmonics in 2017 and qualified with a distinction in September 2018, having completed over 140 practice treatments, practical exams and theory exams.
My current practice runs 3 days a week and is a mixture of horses and people.
Rose and her Irish Sports Horse called Chester