It occurred to me that not many people are aware of acupressure as a holistic therapy for animals. And although I see lots of requests on social media for a “back person” for a horse, or sports massage therapist, acupressure never gets a mention. For dogs, the popular therapies are hydrotherapy and Tellington T touch.
So, what is acupressure?
Acupressure has it’s roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It is very similar to acupuncture, as it works on points along meridians which relate to illnesses, or emotional issues. It is an energy therapy, clearing any blockages in the flow of energy around the body so that it can heal itself.
In that way it is similar to reiki. The idea that a balanced body where the energy can flow unhindered, is healthy physically and emotionally.
Unlike acupuncture, there are no needles, and only one or two points are worked on at the same time. If you google acupressure, you get many different answers to how much pressure is used. Some say it is more like a massage, and you can use your elbow as well as a finger touch approach. But I was taught to use a light finger touch on the points, and it still gets results, as I use intent to balance the energy at that point as well.
There are 12 main merdians Lung, Kidney, Liver, Heart, Pericardium, Spleen, Large Intestine, Small Intestine, Bladder, Gall Bladder, Triple Heater, and Stomach, and also two extraordinary vessels; the Governing Vessel, and Conception Vessel.
I won’t explain them all here now, as it would be a very long blog! However, each meridian has a function, and related illnesses and emotional issues which can be healed by balancing the points along the meridian.
There are as many as 2,000 acu points; used by both acupressure and acupuncture. It is impossible to remember them all, so I often refer to my notes, or it is more likely, I will ask the horse or dog which points they would like me to balance, using animal communication. There are also a few “go to” points which I use a lot, for example the points which balance the whole of the hind quarters, or the neck and shoulders.
Why use acupressure?
I love the energy therapies as they are so gentle, but still have great results, and I can see the animals physically respond to the points as I balance them.
With 2,000 points to choose from, there is a point for every illness or issue! Acupressure can reduce inflammation, give pain relief, ease muscular tension, reduce allergy symptoms, and there are many points for general maintenance.
It allows me to treat the whole animal, including compensatory issues, which then gives better results.
Throughout the week I will be sharing more about acupressure, and some of the cases I have used acupressure in. I generally use a combination of therapies in my sessions, depending on the needs of the animal, but there is more often than not a couple of points which need balancing. So, if you have any questions, you’d like answering, during the week, please feel free to contact me.
Thanks for reading.