Equine Acupressure

Introduction To Acupressure

Acupressure is a therapeutic tool used to restore, replenish and maintain the natural harmony and balance of the whole body. It achieves balance by removing any interruptions or blockages in the flow of Chi (energy) in the body. Harmony and Balance = Health, inside and out.

Acupressure is an ancient healing technique that is thousands of years old. Long ago it was used to maintain health of livestock and military horses in China and other eastern countries.

Acupressure is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) principles. A balanced body is imperative for good health and well-being. A balanced body is able to heal and defend itself against illness and disease.

Bamboo releasing and letting go of blocked energy, allowing his body to begin
a healing process towards balance and health for the whole body.


In TCM, health is defined as the internal elements of the body -- blood, chi(energy), nutrients, organs, tissues, emotions -- being in harmony and balance within themselves and with the external elements -- nutrition, living and working environment, relationships, weather, exercise. The body is treated as an integrated whole -- mind, body, and soul. All are connected and affect health. An animal's emotional state can influence health as much as the strength of the heart or hind end. A problem that originates in one part of the body, if not identified or addressed, will eventually affect another part of the body or mind; e.g., a body with pain in the shoulder can also suffer neck pain, emotional behavior, or lethargy.

According to TCM, the flow of energy can be influenced by stimulating specific pools of energy, called "Acupoints", located along the meridians. Acupoints are the most accessible for the manipulation of energy and allow surface access to the organs.

Pressing lightly on these acupoints helps to regulate, restore, replenish, and maintain the flow of energy. Pain is reduced or eliminated. Behaviors change. The body is able to heal more quickly.  The immune system is stronger and better able to fight off illness and disease. Thus, Balance and Health is achieved when Chi is abundant and flowing smoothly.


Acupressure, like Reiki, is…

  • Gentle and effective
     
  • Non-Invasive
     
  • Safe
     
  • Preventative Therapy
     
  • Complementary to western medicine

 

Acupressure is not intended as a substitute for the advice,
diagnosis or treatment of a veterinarian.


Benefits

Acupressure benefits the physical, emotional and mental energies of the equine.









Acupressure Services and Fees

Initial Visit: Approximately 1.5 hours — $80
A consultation via telephone or e-mail prior to the first visit is required.
As part of the assessment, the guardian will be asked to complete a form prior to the visit. The guardian must be present at the first session.

Includes a thorough assessment of your equine including:

  • A general history and background -- injuries, medical procedures, health conditions, relationships with previous humans, environments, behaviors, training, diet, lifestyle
  • A review of daily life with current guardian -- environment (outside 24/7, stalled with turnout, in a paddock, pasture), routine, exercise, training, fun, diet/nutrition, water intake, behaviors/emotions
  • A review of recent injuries, medical concerns or procedures
  • A discussion of current concern(s)
  • An overall physical observation
  • A selection of Acupressure Points based on the assessment
  • Point work/Acupressure given
  • A worksheet for  the guardian outlining issues discussed, acupoints selected and given during session with diagram, post-session recommendations and acupoint work for the guardian

Subsequent Treatment: Approximately one hour — $70
Includes an assessment based on the following:

  • Review of any changes (physical, emotional, mental) since previous acupressure session
  • Discussion of current concerns/conditions
  • An overall physical observation
  • A selection of Acupressure Points based on the assessment
  • Point Work/Acupressure given
  • A worksheet for the guardian outlining issues discussed, acupoints selected and given during session with diagram, post-session recommendations and acupoint work for the guardian

In most cases, your animal will need more than one treatment to minimize or resolve an issue. Chronic conditions, for example, take quite a while to present themselves in the body; therefore, it will take some time for the body to heal and lessen or resolve the condition. Acupressure, like Reiki, is a gradual process. Progress and follow-up will be discussed with the guardian at each visit.

Discounts
Discounts will be given to equine-assisted therapeutic programs, and registered rescues and sanctuaries.

Travel Fees
An additional fee for locations outside of a 20 mile radius of Bolton, MA will be charged. This fee may be divided among multiple clients at the same location.

Policies
Sessions may be pre-paid or paid at the time of service.
Cash and checks are accepted.
Please honor my cancellation policy of a 24-hour notice.

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Shortly after my Reiki weekend, I was out riding my horse. We were making our way down a road to a trail head when Patrick noticed some balloons bobbing and dancing in the gusty breeze. He refused to go forward, and I would not let him go back up the hill. Our compromise was to move back and forth across the road, stopping often to study the balloons but making slow progress toward the trail.  After several minutes, it occurred to me that if anyone needed some Reiki support, it was Patrick! I began to meditate in the saddle, stating my intent and inviting him to partake of whatever energy he needed. Almost immediately, he bobbed his head and blew out the two loudest snorts I think I’ve ever heard. Then, completely relaxed, he proceeded down the hill and onto the trail. I will never doubt the power of offering Reiki to an animal!
Jean M.

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