Maree Tompkinson Clinic July 25 and 26

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SSD / Eque-Fitt Australia will be attending both days of the Maree Tompkinson clinic held at Australian Equine Institute at Hunter Valley with three horses, Southern Gem, Southern WorldStern and Rivendell Whispering 🙂

Why not – Acupuncture for Animals!

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Acupuncture and TCM can benefit all life stages (juvenile, adult, and senior) and a variety of conditions. Determining and resolving the underlying reasons illness are occurring is one of the aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine’s approach that can reduce the cumulative effect of chronic illness. Since most pets’ health problems are diagnosed once illness has become very advanced, it’s vital to strive to prevent disease from occurring.

What Can Acupuncture Do for My Horse, Dog or Cat?

  1. Acupuncture stimulates the release of the body’s own pain relieving and anti-inflammatory substances.
  2. Relaxation of muscles at the site of needle insertion and more distant locations body is achieved with acupuncture treatment, creating both a local and generalized pain relieving effect.
  3. Acupuncture improves tissue blood flow, oxygenation, and removal of metabolic wastes and toxins.
  4. Unlike prescription and over the counter pain medications, acupuncture lacks potential adverse side effects for your pet’s internal organs.
  5. Your pet’s medications or supplements will not adversely interact with acupuncture treatment; therefore it can safely be used to treat a variety of illnesses.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

The goal of acupuncture is to promote the body to heal itself. From a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective, acupuncture encourages healing by correcting energy imbalances in the body. Acupuncture enhances blood circulation, nervous system stimulation, and the release of anti-inflammatory and pain relieving hormones.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of needles into body tissue where nerve bundles and blood vessels come together. These collections of nervous and vascular tissue are termed acupuncture points, which course over all aspects of the body’s surface on meridians (energy channels). The meridians permit a cycle of energy to occur throughout the entire body over the course of the day’s 24 hours.

Besides needle insertion, other acupuncture treatments include:

Acupressure

Administration of pressure to acupuncture points to elect an effect comparable to needle insertion. This is great for hard to reach locations, behaviorally challenging pets, and for circumstances needle treatment may not be available.

Moxibustion

Application of a heated Chinese herbal compound to needles. Heat is very beneficial to pets that are older or suffering from conditions involving joint stiffness and/or muscular soreness.

Electrostimulation (Estim)

Coursing electric current into the body between needles inserted into acupuncture points. Estim relaxes spasming muscles and can aid the body in reestablishing nervous impulses when nerve damage has occurred (nerve root or spinal cord damage from a ruptured intervertebral disc, etc).

Laser

Using laser energy to stimulate acupuncture points. This “hot” topic in physical rehabilitation is actually very “cool,” as most lasers don’t generate significant heat that burns hair or skin. Lasers are great for providing “needle-less” acupuncture treatments especially on patients that don’t readily tolerate needle insertion.

Horse training spot currently available!

If you have been considering training for a while, why not do so now. We currently have available one place for horse training. (please remember we are always available for horse/rider combo, rider training on our school horse or equine/canine acupuncture sessions)
Training is gentle but assertive and biomechanically correct coming from the angle of the horse, knowledgeable and professional in a safe, stress free environment.
Please contact us to discuss your requirements

Em: southern_stars_dressage@hotmail.com
Fb: SouthernStarsDressage

Ph: Training: 0428 973543 or Acupuncture: 0409 338518

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EqueFitt Australia Clinic – Raymond Terrace, Newcastle, NSW

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For anyone interested in working on ridden posture and improving their “body to horse” communication there are two spots still available in the clinic being held at the Raymond Terrace RDA on Saturday March 28.

If a rider is tight or uneven through their body they can influence their horse to move or act differently without realising.

Your horse may be displaying such things as:

– Holding unnecessary tension through his body
– Moving unevenly in one direction
– Finding bend to one direction difficult
– Difficult to slow down
– Difficult to move forward
– Inconsistent into the contact
– Finding canter transitions difficult
– Not striding correctly in walk, trot and canter
– Carrying his hindquarters to one side

There will also be a qualified equine acupuncture therapist who works in with Tanase at the RDA on the day of the clinic for anyone who would like an assessment or treatment done on their horse.

Please contact:
Tanase at eque-fittaus@hotmail.com or
Deb at southern_stars_dressage@hotmail.com

Lessons are $65 and will run for 50 minutes.

Acupuncture sessions are $60.00

Need to improve your fitness and rider skills?

“It still amazes me how the simplest of postural faults (usually not detected by the rider or instructor) can effect everything! Including the horses muscle development, horses bone structure, rider’s effectiveness and quality of training.”

Tanase riding Di Burns, Mystic Recherche (S: Rotspon) at Sydney International Equestrian Centre

Do you wish to improve your riding strength and fitness, improve your dressage training and establish good basics regardless of your riding ability? Or you may simply wish to improve your fitness?

What Tanase offers:

  • Dressage lessons focusing on horse and rider training
  • Biomechanics riding lessons focusing on riders position and effectiveness of  their body (may include postural assessments on and off the horse)
  • Riding specific fitness training (conducted on and/or off your horse)

Instruction can be undertaken at the SSD facility, located 30 mins from Heath and Rozzie Ryan’s Equestrian Centre, where there is a well constructed round yard and an Olympic size dressage arena.  Tanase is willing to travel for clinic situations. If you wish to arrange, or attend, a clinic please:

Em: southern_stars_dressage@hotmail.com

or call Tanase on 0428 973543