Remus Horse Sanctuary Host tESA Conference

Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary will be hosting the Equine Shiatsu Association (tESA) Annual Conference at its premises in Essex on 27 and 28 September 2014.

Sue Burton, Founder of the Sanctuary, will open the conference followed by vet, Mark Murrell MA, VetMB, CertES(Orth), MRCVS, RCVS Certified Equine, talking about the support of Remus’ horses and the problems encountered working with those animals that have suffered neglect and trauma. This will be followed by group workshops to show and discuss different approaches to diagnosis and treatments. Non-tESA members are welcome and a booking form can be downloaded via the website atwww.equineshiatsu.org.

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

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.

Sue Burton said, “Remus work closely with tESA, and we’re delighted to welcome them to the Sanctuary’s premises. We practise Shiatsu on our own animals and we also organise a variety of workshops throughout the year in addition to Shiatsu, including Reiki, animal behaviour and our elderly horse care seminar in November.”

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