Animal Acupressure

What is Acupressure?

Traditional Chinese Medicine was discovered in 1000 BC. Traditional Chinese Medicine functions on the principle that the body is an integrated, energetic structure and an imbalance anywhere affects the entire system. The main belief behind of this type of medicine is that our bodies can heal themselves we just have to nudge them back towards balance. 

 

Acupressure is a form of TCM that aims to clear blockages in the energetic channels throughout the body by applying light pressure to acupoints to restore the harmonious flow of Chi. The body’s Chi can be disrupted, weakened, or blocked if there is imbalance between the pairs of yin and yang organs or between the Five Elements.There are many categories of acupressure points, some that are more powerful, some govern regions or systems of the body, and others that (re)connect organ systems.

When applying it to animals, you can use it for: behavioural problems such as separation anxiety, difficulty concentrating, or aggression; physical problems such as joint pain, digestive issues, itchy skin, or other chronic wellness issues.

Hands On Courses

 

Introduction to Small Animal/Equine Acupressure (2 Day)

Time: Approximately 9:00 am to 5:00 Saturday and Sunday 

Instructor: Jesse McCowan

Course Level: Beginner

Prerequisites: The online course Overview to Traditional Chinese Medicine. This course is required for the Practitioner Program. 

 

The Introductory course offers you the ability to perform a complete acupressure session protocol and gives you an understanding of the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) concepts and theories underlying acupressure.

Specific theory and hands on practice study includes:

  • Yin/ Yang and 5-Element Theories

  • 4 - Examinations - Demonstration and practice

  • Acupressure protocol - Opening, Point work and Closing techniques

  • Association points - location, assessment and energetics

  • Source points - location, assessment and energetics

  • Acupressure session, assessment, point selection & practice

  • Case studies

  • e-Class manual covering all of the above and more

 

Since Acupressure is based on TCM, we will explore this ancient science and guide you in learning how to help your animals feel their best.

Meridians & Specific Conditions Hands On Training (4 Day) - Small Animal/Equine

Time: Approximately 9:00 am to 5:00 Thursday and Sunday and 9 am - 6 pm on Friday and Saturday.  
Instructor: Jesse McCowan
Course Level: Intermediate 
Prerequisites: The two online courses, Overview to Traditional Chinese Medicine and Meridian Theory. These courses are required for the Practitioner Program.

 

This 4-day hands-on class provides hands-on demonstrations, practice and exercises for the acupressure session protocol, Association, Alarm, Source, Master points. Major meridian exercises, specific conditions and Assessment exercises.

 

Specific theory and hands on practice study includes:

    • Yin/ Yang and 5-Element Theories

    • 4 - Examinations - Demonstration and practice

    • Acupressure protocol - Opening, Point work and Closing techniques

    • Association points - location, assessment and energetics

    • Source points - location, assessment and energetics

    • Acupressure session, assessment, point selection & practice

    • 5-Element Theory and use of Correspondence Chart

    • Meridian system overview, demonstration, and exercises 

    • Location, flow, function, and attributes of each of the 12 major meridians and 2 extraordinary vessels

    • Common physical and emotional issues associated with each of the elements and meridians

    • Acupoints that can benefit these issues; their location, energetics and reinforcement of acupressure protocol and techniques

    • Further use of Association points and addition of Alarm points

A Participant Letter providing directions to the clinic facility, suggested area hotels and clinic logistics will be emailed approximately 3 months prior to the class.

Introduction to Tui Na Hands On Training (2 Day) - Small Animal/Equine

Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 Saturday and Sunday   
Instructor: Jesse McCowan
Course Level: Intermediate 
Prerequisites: The online course, Tui Na Preparation Course.

 

Never before has the original Chinese Acupressure-Meridian Massage, called Tui Na, pronounced “tway nah,” online course offered for horses, dogs, and cats to everyone who loves animals. Tui Na has been used with humans and animals for thousands of years and is the most commonly used form of bodywork in China today!

Tui Na is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It can be best described as a combination between massage and acupressure. Massage is the manipulation of bodily tissues, while acupressure works with the energetics of the body. By combining these two powerful yet gentle forms of bodywork humans and animals alike receive the physical and emotional health benefits which include:

  • builds the immune system

  • releases endorphins necessary to relieve pain

  • strengthens muscles, tendons, joints and bones

  • releases natural cortisone to reduce swelling and inflammation

  • resolves injuries more readily by increasing blood circulation and removing toxins

  • balances the flow of energy and blood to optimize nourishment of internal organs and bodily tissues

Tallgrass Animal Acupressure courses are world-renowned in animal acupressure. This online course focuses on the theories and hands-on techniques needed to offer horses, dogs, and cats a highly effective Tui Na session. The techniques included are a variety of An Fa (direct pressure), Tui Fa (pushing/dredging), Na Fa (grasping), Mo Fa (rubbing), among other techniques. These techniques can help be both invigorating and sooth the spirit depending how they are applied.

 A Participant Letter providing directions to the clinic facility, suggested area hotels and clinic logistics will be emailed approximately 3 months prior to the class.

 
Upcoming Classes

 

For more information, see tallgrasscanada.com

 

 

Introduction to Equine Acupressure (2 Day)

The Introductory course offers you the ability to perform a complete acupressure session protocol and gives you an understanding of the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) concepts and theories underlying acupressure.

@ Stouffville, Ontario, Canada

October 2 & 3, 2021

Cost: $450 CDN

 

Meridians & Specific Conditions (EQ or SA) (4 Day)

This advanced course provides hands-on demonstrations, practice and exercises for the acupressure session protocol, Association, Alarm, Source, Master points. Major meridian exercises, specific conditions and Assessment exercises.

 

@ Stouffville, Ontario, Canada

August 9 - 12, 2021

Cost: $1000 CDN

Introduction to Tui Na (2 Day)

Tui Na is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It can be best described as a combination between massage and acupressure. Massage is the manipulation of bodily tissues, while acupressure works with the energetics of the body. By combining these two powerful yet gentle forms of bodywork humans and animals alike receive the physical and emotional health benefits which include:

 

@ Stouffville, Ontario, Canada

August 14 & 15, 2021

Cost: $400 CDN 

Introduction to Small Animal Acupressure (2 Day)

The Introductory course offers you the ability to perform a complete acupressure session protocol and gives you an understanding of the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) concepts and theories underlying acupressure.

 

@ Stouffville, Ontario, Canada

2022, TBD

Cost: $450 CDN 

 
Becoming a Practitioner

 

Course Sequence:

 

1. Overview of Traditional Chinese Medicine (online)

2. Introduction to Animal Acupressure Hands on Training - Equine or Small Animal

3. Meridian Theory (online)

4. Meridians & Specific Conditions Hands on Training - Equine or Small Animal

5. Introduction to Five Element Theory (online)

6. Acupoint Classification (online)

7. Acupoint Energetics & Landmark Anatomy (online) - Equine or Small Animal

8. Pathology (online) - Equine or Small Animal

9. Indicators & Assessment (online) - Equine or Small Animal

10. Proficiency Verification (online)- Equine or Small Animal

Two elective courses (40 Hours) are also required to complete the Practitioner Training Program. To be eligible to sit for the National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure & Massage (NBCAAM) exam, one of the two electives needs to be a hands-on course of 20 + verifiable hours approved by NBCAAM.

Elective courses may include the study of: essential oils, Reiki, crystals, massage, T-touch, hydro-therapy, etc. and preferably is animal-related. Participants are requested to submit copies of certificates, letters or other verification of completion for courses in other complementary therapies to fulfill the elective requirement of (40 hours). 

To Become Dual-Certified (Equine and Small Animal)

 

Complete courses 1 to 9 for the first species.

Repeat 4, 7, 8, and 9 for the second species.

Complete 10 for either species.

 
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