Equipoise Shiatsu & Acupuncture
Shiatsu for Equestrians
All types of horses can benefit from Shiatsu - they love Shiatsu too!
An Equine Shiatsu session typically last about an hour, but the first session may take a little longer in order for the full background to be taken. The best location is somewhere quiet and the horse is at its most relaxed. Big horses will take longer than little horses! Shiatsu is an holistic therapy and so will encompass many things such as the horses' surroundings, relationships (people and equine), stable management, feeding, saddle fitting, etc. It does not focus just on the 'bit that's gone wrong' unlike Western based therapies such as physiotherapy, chiropractors - or even vets. This makes it very suitable when there has been an unexplained change in behaviour, or for when something just does not seem to be getting better. Please note that if Rose believes your horse needs to be seen by a Vet then you will be advised of this.
During the session Rose will normally:
- scan the whole horse to identify areas that will need further attention
- use a variety of diagnostic techniques to identify what is energetically most 'out of balance'
- do some physical bodywork techniques such as joint stretches and rotations
- general back mobilisation work
- meridian work
If you have reached an impasse with your schooling you may wish to try Rose's unique Horse & Rider Sessions:
- a biomechanical based ridden assessment
- a Shiatsu treatment for your horse
- and a Shiatsu treatment for the rider
Typically each Horse & Rider session will last 3.5 to 4 hours and is a great way to identify and understand any combined 'disharmonies'. Rose has found that if a rider is tight in their shoulders, then usually so is their horse, similarly if the rider has a tight/sore back, then so will their horse. Treating both horse and rider on the same day should be more beneficial than isolated treatments and have a longer lasting effect.
Equine Shiatsu is still a relatively young therapy in this country. It was introduced from USA in the 1980's by Pamela Hannay. Some of the people trained by her are now the Founders of the Equine Shiatsu Association (tESA). All members of tESA are insured to practice and have either obtained an Equine Shiatsu Diploma from a ratified school, or have otherwise met their requirements for knowledge of shiatsu theory, equine anatomy and physiology and hands-on shiatsu practice on equines.
PLEASE NOTE: It is a legal requirement to get permission from your vet for any alternative/ complementary therapy for your horse, including Shiatsu. Rose will ask for confirmation of this.
Here are some of the reasons Shiatsu may be of benefit for your horse:
- there is an unexpected change in behaviour
- there is stiffness to one side
- does not like having the girth done up
- needs help recovering from injuries or operations
- back soreness
- breathing problems
- general loss of performance
- beneficial for general maintenance and well-being