What is Equine Shiatsu?
| Shiatsu literally means "finger pressure" and is based on the concepts of traditional oriental medicine. The basic techniques involve pressure with palms, fingers and thumbs, along with rotations and stretches of legs, neck and tail.|
Scientific research into acupuncture which is also based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, has found that both the nervous system and the endocrine system react to cause change within the body.
Zen Shiatsu as practiced by Liz Eddy and taught at the Scottish School of Shiatsu for Horses was pioneered by Shizuto Masunaga. This form of Shiatsu is primarily based on palpatory diagnosis and so treatment is decided on what is felt here and now. In theory and practice, Zen shiatsu looks at the horse as a whole, working with both the physical and psychological aspects. Quality of touch is therefore particularly important, as is treating each horse as an individual.
Horses particularly enjoy shiatsu as "touch" is a natural language for them.