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What are the benefits of Equine Shiatsu?

This ancient form of Japanese massage therapy uses acupressure, joint manipulation and stretching techniques to heal and balance the horse.
It is completely non-invasive, gentle and effective therapy ,and the horse normally finds deeply relaxing.
Many of the problems that affect horses can be said to originate with stress, either physical or emotional. In clinical trials, acupressure has been shown to relieve stress, and as such is useful in the treatment of the following conditions:

  • Sports injuries respond well to Shiatsu. It is particularly helpful after injuries, for instance during periods of box rest and post-operative recovery.
  • Arthritis Through stretches and specially chosen acupressure points, your horse can become more comfortable, mobile and active.
  • Stroppy mares respond well to Shiatsu generally, as it can help them feel less stressed and therefore less likely to be over sensitive when handled.
  • Nervy, anxious horses can be calmed and relaxed by Shiatsu treatment.
  • Problems with stiffness, one sidedness, cold backs and lack of elasticity can be significantly helped with regular treatment.
  • Respiratory problems such as COPD and allergies can be helped and calmed.
  • As a complement to Chiropractic treatment, by relaxing and toning the back muscles, Shiatsu can make spinal adjustments easier, more effective, and longer lasting.
Although Shiatsu is not a substitute for veterinary care, it is often a welcome complementary treatment. It works well with Equine Cranio-Sacral therapy (link to section at bottom of page) and Kate will often use both treatment protocols for her clients.

What happens in an Equine Shiatsu session?

Before your horse receives Shiatsu, it is necessary to contact your vet in order to ensure that they are happy for your horse to receive treatment.
Normally your first session will last about 90 minutes, during which a full assessment of your horse will be carried out.  After this the horse will be assessed for energetic imbalances and blockages, and will receive the first treatment. Generally subsequent sessions are about 45 mins duration.
Shiatsu sessions are normally quiet and peaceful, allowing the horse to relax deeply, therefore a quiet environment is preferable. Treatments are tailored to the individual and will be different for each client and each session.

What are the benefits of Equine Cranio-Sacral Therapy?

Cranio-sacral therapy is a subtle touch therapy for horses that is used to measure and enhance the function of a system in the body known as the Cranio-sacral system. This comprises the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord, and is in turn directly connected to the bones of the skull, vertebrae, sacrum and pelvis. Treatment centres on removing restrictions from these areas. Like Shiatsu (link to top section) it works with the body instead of forcefully imposing changes upon it.
Clients often seek Cranio-Sacral therapy for horses who are headshakers, and can also be beneficial in the treatment of horses with TMJ problems which can come about through poor dental treatment or bitting issues. It is also particularly valuable for helping horses who have experienced any kind of head trauma,
It works well with Equine Shiatsu (link to section at top) and Kate will often use both treatment protocols for her clients.

 How many treatments will your horse need?
Many clients report seeing significant benefits after 2-3 treatments, but sometimes a longer course of sessions is needed to gain maximum benefit. Horses in competitive environments, polo ponies, hunters or other animals with demanding workloads can benefit immensely from the support of Shiatsu treatment on a monthly or six weekly basis. Regular sessions for all horses can be of real help  - this follows the Oriental approach of maintaining and supporting health to keep your horse comfortable, flexible and relaxed.

Shiatsu for horse owners and riders
A head, neck and shoulder treatment for owners/riders can be received at your yard if there is somewhere quiet to set up the Shiatsu Chair. Half hour sessions are £25 if they are on the same day as your horse.

Initial sessions will be 90 minutes to allow time for a full client history to be taken; follow up appointments are 60 minutes. Milage of 45p is charged for round trips greater than 20 miles from St Albans.
Initial treatment of 90 minutes £60
Follow up treatments of 60 minutes £45
A fee will normally be charged in the event of missed appointments or late cancellations.
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