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Here are the Year 2017 dates for group classes with Diana Thompson. For further information on these programs, click on the links below or contact Diana at her office at Phone (707) 542-4646 or by e-mail: info@dianathompson.com

2017 Schedule

Equine Acupressure Level One Course – Six Days

Course Dates and Format: Class will be held Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, May 13, 14, and 15, and Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 19, 20, and 21, 2017. There will be three days of structured homework (and rest) spent out of class on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, May 16, 17, and 18. Diana Thompson’s Equine Acupressure Level One course is part of a two-course program.

Location: Diana’s farm in Fulton, California, just north of Santa Rosa, California.

Pre-course Requirements: The class will be 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.
Click here to learn more about the new pre-course requirements

Click here to learn about the Chapter One E-Book

Course Description: During the Level One course, Diana Thompson provides students with a thorough, accurate foundation in equine acupressure and the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approach to health. Students will learn the locations and functions of 14 major acupressure meridians, over 110 equine acupressure points and functions, hands-on acupressure techniques and point selection process. With this information, students will be able to select acupressure points that are known in TCM to strengthen the correct flow of qi, calm the shen and maintain healthy essence. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine principles, when these aspects of health are strong, the horse will have healthy muscles and joints, strong endurance and good function of the digestion, respiratory system and immune system. The acupressure methods can be used to support the horse of any age and discipline including performance horses, horses in training, pleasure trail horse, horses in rescue situations, the aging horse and others*.

*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.

Click here to see the Level One class flier and registration form

Click here to read students' comments about the 2016 Level One Class


Equine Acupressure Level Two Course – Six Days

Date and Location: October, 2017, Diana’s Equine Facility, Fulton, California

During the Level Two course Diana Thompson will help students deepen their understanding of the Level One class material. She will teach them how to carry out a thorough Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) energy assessment of the horse. In the TCM system, the correct flow of qi energy creates and supports optimum physical and emotional health of the horse. In contrast, an incorrect flow of qi energy often leads to poor physical health and/or a lack of emotional balance. In the Level Two course, students will learn how to assess incorrect flows of qi in a horse and create acupressure point combinations and lifestyle management to rebalance the flow of qi. This approach, according to the principles of TCM, often improves the horse’s health*.

*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.

Click here to see the Level Two Course flier and registration form


Class: Introduction to Equine Acupressure and Massage

Friday and Saturday, October 27-28 and Friday and Saturday, November 3-4, 2017
Location: Shone Farm, Forestville, California

Diana will teach a one-credit class for the Equine Science Departments of the Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) during the fall term. The class is open to the public. Diana will teach students equine massage and acupressure theory and hands-on methods. Students will work on SRJC horses to practice the methods. Enrollment begins June 29, 2017, and continues throughout the fall term.

Click here to learn more about this class and how to register


Equine Acupressure: Support Your Horse’s Health and Build Relationship

Date: To be announced

Location: Shone Farm, Forestville, California

Cost: A class fee of $65 includes written take-home materials and charts.
The ancient art of acupressure has great value for the modern horse and you can learn how to apply it yourself! During this three‐hour program, students will learn the theory and methods of acupressure and then practice it on SRJC horses. The acupressure points taught in this class are known to calm the horse, relax tight muscles in the neck and back, and support health of the digestion, lungs and immune system. Class is limited to 12 students.

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