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Helensburgh

Argyll

Scotland

There are many ways to develop ourselves, helping others to reach their full potential is our phylosophy.

Adam Goodseed 1974

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About Us

 


At Equiperform, we value people and animals. Our aim is to allow individuals to develop themselves and their skills to achieve their full potential with the help of shiatsu treatments and support. 

 

Shiatsu:


We provide Shiatsu treatments for horses and riders, for the general public and for dogs and their owners.


Shiatsu is a form of complementary manipulative therapy. The practitioner uses finger and palm pressures, stretches and rotations on specific points of the body to release tensions, ease strains and allow a better flow of energy to circulate through the body. Shiatsu therefore enables the patient to better cope with the stresses of modern life and to recover more quickly from the strains that our sporting activities have on our bodies. 


The aims of a shiatsu session are to allow the client to feel better balanced within themselves, therefore becoming more able to achieve their full potential and their goals, whatever they may be. Shiatsu is helps the body and bind, it is helpful at competition level, in a highly stressful job, through regular training, to recover from or prevent injuries or simply as a deeper relaxation method. Shaitsu also supports the body's immune system and natural body functions, it works by boosting levels of energy where needed, calming overactive areas if needed and therefore allowing the body and mind to become more balanced and achieve their full potential. 


Shiatsu explained in brief: Our practitioner follows the Zen style of Shiatsu that relates to ancient Chinese and Japanese medicine. Each point on which the practitioner exerts pressure corresponds to a specific point of acupuncture. Each point of acupuncture is linked to an organ or a function in the body and mind of the patient. Points are regrouped in paths or "meridiens" that cross the body from head to toes.  These meridians can be blocked due to a lack or an excess of "activity" or energy in that area. The shiatsu practitioner will identify what is the cause (lack or excess) and will help the body adjust itself to unblock the area and ensure a good balance throughout. 


Shiatsu sessions for people: 


The sessions are usually delivered on massage chair or lying down on a mat and the client always  remains fully clothed. 

 

Each treatment is based on the specific needs of the individual consulting at that time. Depending on the cases, a shiatsu session can be very stimulating, refreshing mind and body or very relaxing, promoting rest and deeper sleep allowing the body to adjust itself and energy levels to be balanced again. Shiatsu is a form of complementary therapy, alongside conventional medical care, it can help to improve quality of life and bring comfort to certain clients living with chronic conditions. 

A session normally lasts for 1 hour, including the consultation time. To allow for the full benefits of the treatment to be felt and assimilated by the body a shiatsu massage should never exceed 50 minutes. 

It is possible to deliver shorter sessions, depending on the requirements of the patient and when the body wouldn't be able to cope or assimilate properly a full session. 


Shiatsu sessions for horses: 


The sessions are always delivered on location, at the horse's normal residence, stable, yard... 

Each session involves discussing the situation with the owner / rider, identifying the main issues, looking at what can be done and is followed by a de-brief covering what was achieved.


Depending on the horses a shiatsu treatment will have different visible outcomes before longer term internal changes take place. Some horses will find shiatsu very relaxing and will need to sleep after 

a session, some will show no reaction until a couple of days later, some will feel really energised 

and will want to gallop (lots of variations exist in between these examples). 


Long term outcomes for horses include achieving a rounder back, reduction of the saggy belly, tonifying muscles, working on deeper tissues and muscles, stimulating the use of certain muscles (abdonminals for example), freeing shoulders and necks, allowing a better lift or simply a more collected allure. Shiatsu treatment can also help horses with seasonal changes, for example preventing or supporting the body coping better with the effects of spring grass.


A shiatsu session should happen after exercise rather than before. Although some other forms of treatments can be practiced before an event to help the horse's muscles and limbs get ready, to ground attention levels allowing the animal to relax and focus on the rider. 


It is always recommended to seek the advice of your vet before your horse gets his/her first treatment. 


Shiatsu sessions for dogs: 


Sessions are most of the time carried out at the owner's premises, it is important that the dog can rest after their session and they shouldn't be too active for about five minutes. The sessions are carried out on the floor, on a blanket or a mat. The dog might choose to stand or sit, especially for their first session, until they get used to what is happening. We recommend that the owner stays next to them to reassure them. Some dogs might feel nervous when the practitioner approaches an area where they are sore or if they suffer from arthritis, they might be reluctant about letting the practitioner touch their legs or their back. The practitioner will take it's time to reassure the dog and let it appreaciate that this level of touch is fine to handle and beneficial. Sessions are kept at around 45 minutes maximum. Young dogs or extra sensitive dogs might be too nervous at first, in which case bouts of 5 minutes sessions might be more appropriate to start with. 

Dogs and other animals benefit exactly in the same way as listed above for people and horses.  

Visible and early outcomes from a dog shiatsu session include: a calm and relaxed dog, sleepiness, shynier coat, increase in affectionate responses, more energy the following day. 

Longer term outcome will include a boost of the immune system, a generally relaxed dog, better digestion, better movements (more fluidity in the movement), improved stamina. 


Note: Our practitioner has graduated from the Scottish School of Shiatsu for Horses and is a registered practitioner with tESA the Equine Shiatsu Association. In order to graduate you need to qualify both as a human practitioner and an equine practitioner. 


Our practitioner is a member of the PVG scheme.

 

 

Here is an introduction video to Equine Shiatsu.

 

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