As the weather is shifting in coolness here in Canada, for many of my athletic horse friends, this means the competitive season is slowing down. They requested these acupressure points as they are experiencing frustration, irritability and are dealing with the change in their training routines. These are also super helpful for horses settling into a new environment, working with a new rider, dealing with grief or change of any kind. They are also beneficial for those horses that just have a personality that is Diva-ish! I am sure you’ll know if your horse is one of these types!
Acupressure is an ancient healing art developed in Asia over 3,000 years ago, using the fingers to press key points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities. When these points are pressed, they release muscular tension, and promote the circulation of blood and the body’s life force energy (Qi or chi) to promote health and healing. Using the same points as Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupressure applies a comfortable range of pressure from gentle to firm. Acupressure is safe, non-toxic and definitely habit forming… And the horses absolutely love it!
To perform acupressure, place the ball of your thumb or middle finger on the acupressure point. Gently apply direct pressure (approximately 2-4 pounds of pressure) to the point while exhaling. Use prolonged pressure directly on the point; gradual, steady, penetrating pressure for approximately three minutes is ideal. Slowly release the point while inhaling and move on to the next point. Use and trust your intuition as the horse will often guide you and direct you on the length of time and amount of pressure they desire.
Here are the acupressure points, their traditional names and benefits.
GV 24.5- Third Eye Point Benefits: Good for spiritual and emotional imbalance, use for calming your horse.
GB 20-Wind Pond Benefits: Relieves irritability, injuries, trauma and shock. Alleviates head and neck tension and pain. Helps with eye problems. Use for arthritis.
GB 21-Shoulder Well Benefits: Relieves irritability, frustration, fatigue and nervousness. Alleviates shoulder pain and arthritis. Use for hock pain, softens tense muscles.
LU 1- Central Palace Benefits: Relieves breathing difficulties, chest tension and congestion, emotional tensions, coughing and skin disorders.
CV 17- Middle of Chest Benefits: Relieves nervousness, anxiety, frustration and irritability. Influential point for energy. Use to improve overall energy of your horse. Use for all lung conditions, especially chronic problems. Stimulation of this point will increase or disperse energy, depending on your horse’s needs.
CV 12- Center of Power Benefits: Harmonizes the stomach, relieves gastrointestinal problems and relieves emotional stress. Colic point.
GB 30-Jumping Circle Benefits: Relieves frustration, irritation, hip pain, sciatica, lower back pain and rheumatism. Relaxes the tendons and restores joint mobility.
“Miracles ARE possible. You MUST believe this right now…Focus ALL your awareness and intention on this being true. That it is possible that one can occur in this very moment.” My friend, Kat the Cat, is counselling me…. I’m pacing, unsettled, impatient, frustrated and submerged in my feelings of powerlessness… “Calm down…deeeep breaths…. and RELAX!” She orders. “BELIEVING IS actually and action and DOES do something! You are only ‘THINKING’ that you can’t do anything and all this dramatic pacing and sighing is only depleting your energy and making you anxious and useless! Cease now and focus!”
Okay….Phew…Kat the Cat is probably right….I am agitated and anxious today…2 days ago, I was contacted to see if I could communicate with a lost black lab, named Jake. He’s been missing now for 6 days…At first, I talked to him clearly, establishing that he was alive and well, missing his pet food, feeling sheepish for wandering off, but with his sense of humour still intact. I was certain yesterday that he would be found. Was sure that when I checked my email, there would be one ebulliently informing me that Jake was home. No email…no calls…lost, lost, lost, still not found.
Finding and tracking missing and lost animals is a part of my job which I always approach with a bit of reluctance. I am always willing try to talk to the animals and do the best that I can to help in any way, but it is often hit and miss though. The animals don’t always know where they are. So tracking them is often frustrating and pinpointing their actual location sometimes impossible. Jake wandered off into a very large wooded remote area, with many lakes, confusing roads and very few people.
Writing this is focusing me though, and Kat the Cat is right. It was pretty miraculous when a lost greyhound Bella was found after being lost for 7 days. When her owner called sobbing with joy and relief to report that she was holding Bella in her arms, thanking me for my assistance, I felt as if a miracle had occurred.
Or the Bengal tiger Jonas I met, who along with Shawn and Todd, the camels were stolen in Quebec and found after 4 days, that could be considered a miracle.
So I will take Kat the Cat’s advice to heart and now actively believe a miracle is occurring right now. I am seeing Jake being found right now. I am sending him healing and lots of love. I am certain someone will contact me any moment now, saying “We found Jake! He’s a bit thirsty and hungry, but Jake is OKAY!” After all, as Kat the Cat is reminding me…Believing is doing something, it is a practice, so I am practising, practising, practising. I am practising with all my heart and my whole being. And please, as you read this, send some love Jake’s way, I would appreciate it very much, thank you.
Today, the horses mantra is ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE! They are urging me to believe this and to take a mad secret desire and make it a reality. Even as I am writing this, I keep shaking my head and murmuring to myself…this is CRAZY! Okay…deep breath…ever since I first saw the delightfully divine dancing Zenyatta Mondatta, I have wanted to interview her. So to get one step closer to making this dream a reality…I am asking for your participation! The horses are saying to make it fun! So, if you could ask Zenyatta anything, any question at all what would it be? Please ask your question in the space for comments below. Who knows your question might very well be the one I am asking when I get to stand with her and interview her! I thank you in advance and really look forward to reading your questions.