Hands-On Therapies
Acupressure for Horses and their People
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What is a Session Like?

Practitioners generally use the 12 Major and 2 of the Extraordinary Meridians for session work which encompass about 300 points.  Some meridians cover the length of the body from head to toe, and because of that, the points used to address a complaint won't necessarily be close to where the physical signs present.  For instance, frozen shoulder symptoms can be addressed using a point on the side of the hand.  Stuffy nose can be addressed using a point in the middle of the arm. 


I start with what is known as the 4 assessments to gain insight into your (or your animal's) specific situation.  The 4 assessments include:


  • 1.  Looking– at the physical qualities of the skin (hair coat), hair (mane and tail), face, eyes, nails (hooves), and tongue.
  • 2.  Listening/Smelling– assessing  the quality of the voice (vocalizations), breathing, pulse, breath, tongue, and smell of hair coat for horses, dogs, and cats.
  • 3.  History/Inquiry– I’ll ask questions about current complaints (or your observation of the animal’s complaints), daily routine, diet, and type of exercise.
  • 4.  Palpation– there are certain points (mostly on the back) that can provide indication of disharmonies that may be occurring in the meridians.



A Session for People


I start by grounding myself and setting my intention to bring healthful benefit to my client.  You will lie face down on the massage table (fully clothed) while I give you a light massage to loosen things up.


Next I’ll palpate points on the back (call Bei Shu points) feeling for sensations of hard/soft, hot/cold.  Based on those findings along with the information from the intake assessment, I’ll select points for your session.


Next you’ll typically lie face up on the massage table.  I’ll generally place one hand under your back while my other hand holds points on your legs, arms and abdomen.  I’ll hold points for a few minutes with light to moderate finger pressure depending on the client and the point; some points can be tender.  Pressure is not the important component in a session, energetic connection is.


I’ll conclude the session with closing points, a blessing, and a light massage for the lower legs to prepare you for standing up and integrating with the remainder of your day.



A Session for Horses, Dogs, or Cats


I start by greeting the animal and seeking permission to work with him/her.  I set my intention to bring healthful benefit to the animal.


Next, I’ll rub my hand over the animal's neck , back, and down the legs to the hoof/paws.  I’ll do this 3 times on each side to open up the Bladder meridian and relax the animal.

I’ll palpate the Bei Shu points on the back feeling for qualities of hard/soft, hot/cold.  Based on those findings along with information from the assessment, I’ll select points for the animal's session.


I’ll hold single or paired points anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes with enough pressure to let the animal know I’m not a fly trying to irritate him, but not so hard as to cause discomfort.  Pressure is not the important component in a session, energetic connection is.


I’ll close the session with a blessing, and by rubbing my hand over the bladder meridian again to close the channel.