Prior to a Shiatsu session, the horse needs to be dry and free from mud and preferably in a stable during quiet times on the yard i.e the horse should not be expecting to be fed, turned out etc. If the horse is to be exercised before the Shiatsu, two hours should be allowed to enable them to cool down and for the blood vessels and heart rate to return to normal. If hard feed is fed prior to the session, please allow at least 1.5 hours between the feed and the horse receiving Shiatsu.
It is preferable that the horse is loose in the stable whilst receiving Shiatsu, however if appropriate the horse can be held. If your horses’ needs are different they can be treated in a field or tied up or held on the yard. You will be asked to provide any information that will affect the safety of your practitioner.
The first session usually lasts about 90 minutes and starts with a discussion about the horses’ medical history, current and old injuries, type of work the horse does, their personality and behaviour. A visual assessment is then made of the horse. This is followed by a variety of touch techniques to determine disharmonies in the meridians. Once this has been done Shiatsu can be given. The length of a session will depend very much on the needs of the individual horse but typically lasts around an hour.
After the Shiatsu, it is recommended the horse has 24 hours without work and is left to relax and absorb the natural healing processes. There will be a general feeling of well-being and they may feel invigorated yet relaxed.
If you think you would benefit from Shiatsu Call: 07765 257475 .
Shiatsu bodywork by devina lester
Devina Lester is a fully qualified Human and Equine Shiatsu practitioner having trained with the Shiatsu College Norwich (Humans) and with the School of Equine Shiatsu in Sussex. She is a registered practitioner and a member of the Shiatsu Society and Equine Shiatsu Association (tESA) and is fully insured with Balens Limited for all practiced therapies. Shiatsu Bodywork is primarily based throughout Beds, Herts, Bucks and Cambs.. Other areas are covered upon request.