Equine Shiatsu is a bodywork therapy for horses derived from the human form of Shiatsu.
Although Shiatsu as a form of traditional human bodywork has been around for many centuries the transference of the technique to horses is relatively new. The popularisation of Equine Shiatsu in the last twenty years can largely be attributed to the late Pamela Hannay.
Equine Shiatsu is based on the same ancient oriental principle of Qi as its human counterpart. The gentle rotations on limbs, stretches, and pressure on powerful points have been adapted to the Equine form. The meridians used on people have been mapped onto the equine body taking into account the various anatomical differences.
In the UK the practise of Equine Shiatsu has no official governing body. However, the Equine Shiatsu Association maintains a list of accredited practitioners who have achieved a set of standards in their practise of the technique.
There are now a number of schools in the UK running courses in this increasingly popular technique.
- Meridian (Chinese medicine)