This course is held over 2-2.5 years and is ratified by the Equine Shiatsu Association (tESA).
1st level - 4 weekends over 6 months.
Module 1. Yin/Yang - observation of horse – speed/depth of pressure -all techniques for Bl meridian - poll work, Bl on neck, jiggling/stretching neck forward, Bl on back, rock the baby, hamstrings, rotating and stretching of hind hooves. Plus all techniques of intro weekend.
Module 2. As above plus lateral work – all side stretches, neck and body, looking to find where Ki is and where it needs moved to – grounding work – tendons, hoof rotates etc
Module 3. Observation of horse while moving, having learnt all the techniques, now learning to choose the most appropriate. Biomechanics of movement – anatomy (muscles and bones)
Module4. Consolidation of all of the above.
2nd level - 5 weekends over 9 months.
Module 1. Location and function of hind leg meridians, rotations as a diagnostic tool, identifying different imbalances through stance, meridian stretches of the hind legs and angles of pressure while working. Learning how to identify and treat a full meridian and an empty one
Module 2. As above for front leg meridians
Module 3. Tutorial - to ensure knowledge of all meridians – location, angles of pressure, rotations and stretches. Consolidation of tonification/dispersal techniques
Respiratory and circulatory systems
Module 4. Five Element theory – how to identify a horse physically and emotionally. Cycle of creation, cycle of control, relationships of different elements - horse and human, identifying how a practitioner should behave with different elements. Discuss case studies.
Module 5. Tutorial – putting it all together before end of 2nd year exams. Digestive system and common ailments.
3rd level - 5 weekends over 9 months
Module 1. Revision of 2nd year exam and case studies. Yu and Bo points, 3rd year case studies, discussion of the pathology and shiatsu treatment involved in arthritis, laminitis and sarcoids. Introduction to the science behind shiatsu – covering the nervous system.
Module 2. Fine tuning of practical work and discussion of the pathology and shiatsu treatment involved in windgalls, cushings, cribbing, wind-sucking, weaving and box walking and ERS. How to interpret work done for owner.
Module 3 Tutorial – practical work – developing feel, being in hara during distractions
Module 4. Kyo/jitsu theory and practical. Identifying different sensations through touch. Mock practical exam. Skin and urinary systems.
Module 5. Tutorial – fine tuning for practical exam – making an energetic diagnosis
Included also are 2 day human modules at each level to improve quality of touch, as well as appreciate different forms of pressure on the body.
(Date of Event: 20 Mar 2010)