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Welcome to the Equine Shiatsu Association (tESA)

Equine Shiatsu has had a professional organisation since 2002. The Equine Shiatsu Association (tESA) exists to publicise the benefits of Shiatsu on horses and is a support forum for people practising and training in Equine Shiatsu. tESA holds a Register of Practitioners in Scotland England and also Europe who have attained a professional level of expertise in Shiatsu, and has a Code of Ethics to which members must adhere.

You can use this website to find your local practitioner, discover how to train as an Equine Shiatsu Practitioner, read articles by our members and find out about the latest CPD on offer for current practitioners

tESA is on facebook You can also visit the equine shiatsu association channel on YouTube

Introduction to Equine Shiatsu

Equine Shiatsu 2011
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CPD DAY for tESA members

Saturday, 11th June at Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary, Ingatestone, Essex covering "Extra-ordinary Vessels" and "Four Levels of Energy".
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Annual Conference

This year's conference takes place on 24th/25th September at Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre, Huntington Stud, Slinfold, West Sussex RH13 0RB. Open to non-members.
Conference booking form
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2016 Membership Renewals

Membership Renewals are now due for 2016. Please find forms below. The Euro Renewal Form and Balens Insurance Forms are available on the Downloads page. We would like to welcome more members from outside the UK - please contact the Membership Secretary for more information.
2016 membership form £
CPD Form
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From 1st January 2015, practitioner members will be taking part in a MYMOP
research project. MYMOP - Measure Your Own Medical Outcome Profile - was developed by Dr Charlotte Paterson of Bristol University as a way of measuring the effectiveness of treatment in both orthodox and complementary medicine settings. As such, it is a methodology devised with human research in mind. tESA has adapted this version for equine use.
Project is now closed and the results will be published when available

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What is Shiatsu?

The word "Shi-atsu" in Japanese means "finger pressure" and the basic technique of Shiatsu involves pressure with fingers, thumbs, and palms on areas of pain or sensitivity. Stretches and rotations are also an important part of the treatment which aims to stimulate the body's own self-healing abilities through increased blood circulation, lymphatic fluid movement and the activation of both divisions of the autonomic nervous system. The theories underpinning Shiatsu are those of traditional Oriental Medicine, similar to Acupuncture theory. More about shiatsu
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Five Element Theory and Equine Shiatsu


Fire horses are the "beautiful people". Physically, they are usually quite pretty, but always eye-catching and while they can have good musculature, they tend to be finer or more delicate than a Wood or Water horse.


Earth horses are safe, reliable and dependable. They represent security and support. An Earth horse is grounded. When under stress, this horse is likely to comfort eat and so food has an important part in its life.


Metal horses are associated with strength and accuracy. Metal is precise and as such rules and regulations are important to a Metal horse. These horses are often very polite as it's against the rules and regulations to bite, kick or show extreme behaviour.


Water horses flow. They have good bone structure and easy flowing, effortless movement. Their musculature is good and they usually have good conformation which makes them attractive to look at.


Wood horses have that never-say-die quality. Wood is constantly growing, spreading and looking for ways to move on. Physically Wood horses have great musculature, self-confidence and an air of purpose.