What is Acupressure?

Starbuck, a Belgian draft horse, loves Acupressure!

by Beth Pelosa

What is Acupressure?

Acupressure is an ancient healing art using the fingers to gradually work key points on the body, which stimulate the body’s natural self-healing abilities. Acupressure was developed in Asia over 5,000 years ago. An Acupressure practitioner uses their own Chi, life-force energy, and sensitivity of their fingers, accessing the same pressure points, and meridians, as an Acupuncture practitioner but without needles.

Animal Acupressure practitioners use several Traditional Chinese Medicine assessment methods, such as Association Point Assessment, and the “Four Examination” to determine which acupressure points to work. When the acupressure points are worked they promote circulation of blood, and enhance the body’s life-force energy to aid in healing.  Animal Acupressure treatments, as with humans, have many benefits: 

  • Boosts the immune system
  • Release emotional blockages
  • Strengthen muscles, tendons, joints, and bones
  • Relieves muscle spasms
  • Replenish the animal’s physical and emotional energy
  • Release endorphins necessary to increase energy or relieve pain
  • Balance energy to optimize the body’s natural ability to heal
  • Release natural cortisone to reduce swelling and inflammation
  • Enhance mental clarity and calmness required for focus in training and performance
  • Resolve injuries more readily by increasing the blood supply and removing toxins

Beth Pelosa is a Certified Large and Small Animal Acupressure Practitioner, Animal Acupressure Instructor, (RMSAAM Instructor) and owner of Equine Energy Works, LLC. In addition to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupressure, Beth has also studied Dr. McLaren’s Photonic Light Therapy and other vibrational healing modalities including equine massage, Bach Flower Remedies therapy, Floral Acupressure and Aromatherapy. Beth believes in a balanced approach to animal health care including good nutritional support, exercise, natural training techniques and regular preventative maintenance Acupressure, and vibrational, energy work. Beth’s passion is teaching animal owners and caregivers TCM and Animal Acupressure, to help them support their animal’s health, and experience the strong bond and cooperative partnership energy-work creates with animals.

Acupressure levels 1 and 2 (large and small animals) classroom is located in Longmont, CO. For updated information on the next course in August, 2011, please visit our calendar.