Animal Acupressure Blog

What's the Point

WHAT’S THE POINT? By: Amy Snow and Nancy Zidonis, Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute. Acupressure points, usually called “acupoints” in Chinese medicine, are identified in many ways. There are local points, adjacent points, distal points, chain points, encircling points, and single points, to mention a few. Each application has a different therapeutic value. The point is in how we use them! Local Points A local point i [READ POST]


Part I: SURVIVAL: THE YIN-YANG THEORY The theory and concepts underlying the Taoist notion of yin and yang are the most sophisticated and distinctive ideas that differentiate Chinese medicine from all other philosophies of life, health, and environmental science. Yin and yang expresses the perpetual movement, change, and imperative of balance. UNDERSTANDING BALANCE The beauty of the yin-yang concept is that it accepts and promo [READ POST]

Equine Acupressure for Lower Back Soreness

OH MY ACHIN’ BACK: Equine Acupressure for a Sore Back Amy Snow & Nancy Zidonis Horses are not really designed to carry heavy loads on their backs. Their muscles and the bone structure of the spinal column are sensitive to pressure and cannot perform properly and comfortably when overly stressed. Domesticated horses have suffered the role of “beasts of burden” for centuries, but it does not mean that they have stood it w [READ POST]

Feline Kidney Support with Acupressure

CATS AGE, TOO: Acupressure for Kidney Care Don’t we all wish that our cats could stay young and bouncy forever? The reality is, cat’s age just like the rest of us. Cats are considered elderly by the age of 11years and in the geriatric phase of life from 15 years on. Because of medical care, better quality food being available, and more attention to complementary therapies, a domesticated cat’s lifespan has been extended amazingly in the las [READ POST]

Similarities & Differences Between Acupressure & Acupuncture

Similarities & Differences Between Acupressure & Acupuncture, Amy Snow & Nancy Zidonis, Tallgrass ( A horsefly is mid-air, within inches of landing on the horse’s flank. The surface of his flank twitches just before the fly has a chance to land, warding it off in advance of being stung. This is how sensitive a horse is! He can feel everything within inches of his body. Your dog is a [READ POST]


Part II following previous Part I blog: Ah-Shi Points – “Ouch” Points: The Cold, Hard Truth about Ah-Shi Points In Part One of this two-part series, we went over the nature of Ah-Shi points. We discussed how the muscle tissues tighten and become knotted. This can occur spontaneously due to physical or emotional stress, injury or disease. The result is the same: the tissues shut down, not allowing blood and chi to flow. The animal then [READ POST]

AH-SHI POINTS – “OUCH” POINTS: The Cold, Hard Truth About Ah-Shi Points

AH-SHI POINTS – “OUCH” POINTS: The Cold, Hard Truth About Ah-Shi Points Part I of a Two-Part Series Ah-Shi points are places on the body where the muscle tissue matrix tightens, becomes shorter, and thickens. When muscle tissue thickens and becomes knotted and hard, it can put pressure on nerves. In response to this pressure, nerves send pain signals. In turn, these signals cause pain that leads to restricted movement, which the [READ POST]

Supporting Cooper with Canine Acupressure

Nancy Zidonis & Amy Snow, Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute Cooper is a Mini-Dachshund who was surrendered to the Denver Dumb Friends League (HSUS) at the age of 6 or so. The only information they had on this emaciated little guy was that his original people bought him in a pet store, he was in a crate for 14 hours/day. They were getting divorced and nobody could keep him. In a difficult situation t his might have been the  [READ POST]

Canine Osteoarthritis

By Nancy Zidonis and Amy Snow Older dogs are prone to developing arthritis. However, young dogs can develop arthritis due to trauma to the joint, hereditary malformations, breeding issues, unstable joints, poor diet, and infection. Early detection is key to slowing the degenerative process and managing the dog’s level of pain. Indicators of canine arthritis include: Reluctance to play, walk, run, climb, jump Swelling and heat  [READ POST]

Equine Grief and The Bladder Meridian

By Waldine Hilton, Tallgrass Participant from Victoria, Australia A short time ago an old horse was kindly helped with his new journey to the new world. When I visited the other horses four days later the energy of the place was heavy laden. The owner has 6 horses on the property and she wanted me to have a look a horse. The horse gave me the impression he was grieving and my hands were drawn to the emotional channel of the Bladder meri [READ POST]