Acupressure Level One Course Scheduled for May, 2017*
*$50 tuition discount if you register by April 5, 2017
Diana will be teaching her six-day intensive Equine Acupressure Level One course this spring, beginning Saturday, May 13, 2017. The class is limited to 12 students who qualify for the class by 1) reading Chapter One of the Course Manual in the E-book described below 2) taking three quizzes on the Chapter One Material and earning a score of 75 % or higher and 3) providing proof of basic horse handling skills.
Course Dates and Format: Saturday, Sunday, Monday, May 13, 14, and 15, and Friday, Saturday, Sunday, May 19, 20, and 21, 2017. Class includes three days of in-class study at Diana’s farm followed by three days of structured homework (and rest) spent out of class, and then three more days of in-class study at the farm.
Location: Diana’s farm in Fulton, California, just north of Santa Rosa, California.
Content: During the Level One course, Diana provides students with a thorough, accurate foundation in equine acupressure and the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approach to health. Note: Traditional Chinese Medicine, which includes acupressure, is not a substitute for Western medical care. If your horse has a medical issue, contact your veterinarian for advice and treatment.
The Level One Course includes:
- acupressure method instruction and daily practice on class horses
- instruction in the locations and uses of more than 120 equine acupressure points, twelve organ channels (meridians) and two extraordinary flows of energy
- acupressure point combinations and lifestyle management that supports the qi, essence and shen
- instruction in the use of the TCM herb known as moxa to support the qi, essence, and shen
Diana is pleased to announce the publication of her first E-Book. It contains the comprehensive first chapter of the 550-page text manual that she provides to students in her six-day equine acupressure courses. The chapter presents information about classical Chinese medicine as it applies to acupressure for horses. When it’s printed in its paper format, the text and charts fill almost 60 pages that are 8 ½ by 11 inches in size. It includes explanations of the core concepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and gives readers definitions of more than 100 words and phrases that describe how acupressure points are used to help maintain or build horse health.
Note: This E-book does not contain charts or photographs showing acupressure point locations. A number of point charts from Thompson’s book, Acupressure Point Charts for Horses, an Illustrated Guide to 128 Point Locations and Uses, are posted on this website for students to review and print free of charge.
Acupressure DVD and Point Book on the Way!
Diana’s new instructional DVD and 100-page Point Book are in production with a planned release date of summer, 2017. In the comprehensive DVD, Diana teaches horse owners how to do equine acupressure. She clearly explains each step of her methods in a studio setting, then moves to the barn to demonstrate how to find and work on seven acupressure points on King, a lovely grey quarter horse gelding. As shown in the photo, King’s deep relaxation in response to the points shows their influence.
Diana has also written a Point Book that provides photos and detailed information on the uses of the seven acupressure points shown in the DVD program. The 100-page book is printed in a spiral-bound format that’s perfect for use in the barn.
Acupressure for Emergency Situations – Print a Free Chart!
Restart the Heart and Relieve Pain with Governing Vessel 26
Governing Vessel 26 (GV 26) is an acupressure point that’s been shown to restart the heart and breathing in cases of shock and cardiac arrest. It’s also used to relieve pain and calm the horse’s spirit. To explain the benefits of Governing Vessel 26, I share writings from four veterinarians about the benefits of the point and tell the amazing stories of horse owners who used it to help horses in distress. Be sure to read about Tilly, a quarter horse mare who collapsed on a mountain trail. Acupressure by horse woman Tamara Yates was the key to Tilly’s survival.
Caution: If your horse shows signs of illness or a health emergency, call your veterinarian and follow his or her advice. Traditional Chinese Medicine, which includes acupressure, is not a substitute for Western medical care.
Diana's new book, Acupressure Point Charts for Horses, An Illustrated Guide to 128 Point Locations and Uses is in stock now. The 272-page book is printed in a "barn-friendly" flip chart format with 400 photographs and 100 illustrations. Click here to view and print full-size sample pages.
BONUS OFFER: Order Acupressure Point Charts for Horses and receive the 6-page color laminated chart, Emergency Acupressure Points for Horses for only $5.95 (a $10 savings!)
New review from Cheryl Schwartz, DVM, author, Four Paws, Five Directions, A Guide to Chinese Medicine for Cats and Dogs:
"Diana Thompson’s book Acupressure Point Charts for Horses is fabulous for all horse people who want to learn about keeping their horses vital, flexible and healthy. For veterinarians and other horse professionals interested in Chinese Medicine, acupressure and massage, the book offers some of the best photos I’ve seen for locating meridians and points. For lay people, this book is user friendly, with its layout and practical, precise explanations. Being an educator and author for twenty years, and a holistic veterinarian for thirty, I fully appreciate the work and effort that went into the making of this book. Hats off to you, Diana!"