What happens during shiatsu?

Shiatsu is a completely non-invasive approach, with pressure applied to the horse’s body with the hands or elbows as the individual’s body allows. The pressure tends to be of a still, relaxed nature, but much can be taking place internally due to the location of the pressure over meridians and acupuncture points.

Shiatsu can be used to identify areas of excess energy (felt as tension, tightness or fullness) and areas of depleted energy (felt by the practitioner as weak or ‘empty’ areas). The aim is to rebalance these excesses or deficiencies to improve the horse’s health.

On a physical level, Shiatsu increases circulation and the flow of lymphatic fluid. It also has an effect on the autonomic nervous system, helps to release toxins and tension from muscles, and stimulates the endocrine system.