Equine Shiatsu


Shiatsu is a non-invasive therapy that works to stimulate the body's natural healing ability. Equine Shiatsu is based on the principles of traditional oriental medicine. It is a form of acupressure, hands on therapy in which pressure is applied with the palms, fingers and thumbs. Shiatsu also involves stretches and rotations. Through manual manipulations and applying pressure to certain parts of the body, this therapy can ease pain and stiffness whilst enhancing general well-being. Shiatsu is a very effective form of bodywork for maintaining optimum equine performance.


Energy Flow

All Oriental medicine is founded on the basic premise that the body is a dynamic entity which relies on the smooth flow of energy. This energy called 'Qi' in Chinese must travel freely to the organs, muscles and other body tissues through energy channels called Meridians. There are certain parts of the body where Qi is concentrated such as, around nerves, joints and arteries. These areas known as acupoints are where Shiatsu practitioners can access the Qi. In Shiatsu therapy gentle pressure is applied to the acupoints and this stimulates the body’s natural healing powers. This practice has been used for healing purposes for thousands of years.

Equine Shiatsu For Horse and Rider


It is also important to treat the rider as well as the horse. If riders are suffering from nerves, an imbalance or any stiffness this can be detected by horses and will unsettle them. In addition, riding with a poor posture caused by imbalance, stiffness or injury can be detrimental to your horse.


Benefits of Shiatsu include the following

  • Arthritic conditions

  • Stiffness in joints

  • Respiratory problems

  • Back pain, joint pain and mobility issues

  • Laminitis

  • Muscular tension

  • Hormonal and digestive problems

  • Skin conditions

  • Recurrent aches and pains

  • Stress related problems

  • Recovery from surgery

  • Tempering aggression

  • Promotes healing


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