Animal Acupressure Blog

Marketing Tip: Client Retention Part 1

By Amy Snow & Nancy Zidonis Part 1 of a 3-part series Just think of all the time, money, and energy you have invested in having a client. It’s a lot! The important part of building a clientele for your animal acupressure/Tui Na practice is keeping your clients so you don’t have to constantly invest in new clients. How do you retain clients? It all boils down to good communication. Building rapport with the animal’s [READ POST]

Feline Acupressure Healthcare

By Nancy Zidonis and Amy Snow Many people think that cats would not enjoy acupressure, wow, are they wrong. Most cats really appreciate intentional touch especially when they really need it. Cats do not like to be “over-touched.” Keep the acupressure session short and sweet. Performing an Opening should be good since you are formulating and communicating your healing with the cat. We suggest you go right into Point Work, or as soon  [READ POST]

The Coprophagic Mare…Penny the Poop-Eater

By: Diane Wilson and Lynn Caldwell, Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Practitioners ( Penny is a 10-year-old Paint Mare with a long-standing habit of manure eating – her own manure and others’. Bleh! Healthy in every other respect, and having been assessed by her veterinarian with no conclusive medical issues, her owners called us, hoping acupressure might help to eliminate (excuse the pun) this behavior.  [READ POST]

Joining Forces with NBCAAM

By Amy Snow (, Immediate Past-Chair, NBCAAM The National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure & Massage (NBCAAM) is for everyone involved in hands-on bodywork with animals and that includes all forms of touch therapies such as Tellington-Touch, Healing Touch, Shiatsu, etc. As a practitioner in these fields we all have the same concerns regarding: Working with the veteri [READ POST]

Marketing Tip: Client Communication Part 2

By Amy Snow & Nancy Zidonis Part 2 of a 3-part series Communication is a two-way activity. However, as an animal acupressure practitioner your role is to gather information about your animal client and his guardian while being available, open and caring. In other words, your job is to LISTEN. And not just listening to respond, but listening to understand and ask good, open-ended questions to help the guardian tell you what is going on  [READ POST]

ACU-FIT: Fitness & Acupressure

By Amy Snow & Nancy Zidonis Equine fitness requires time, thought, and action for carriage horse and owner. There’s a lot to consider in developing an effective training program in preparation for competition. Experienced professional trainers offer guidance in conditioning and equine management. There are tons of books, DVDs, plus free videos on the internet to help you along. Every owner has to make the final decision about what is  [READ POST]

Tui Na for Allergies

By Kathi Soukup (, Tallgrass Instructor and Equine and Small Animal Practitioner Elmo, a 15 year old QH, has resided with us since he was 7. During the late summer of 2010 he presented with a severe allergic reaction. The reaction caused irritation to his airway, fluid in his lungs, and a Sunday emergency call to the Veterinarian. It was his first reaction, and went from a runny clear discharge and a dry cough [READ POST]

Acupressure to get your horse going safely

By: Amy Snow and Nancy Zidonis As the riding season begins go slowly and allow your horse to build his strength and flexibility while increasing his endurance. By adding acupressure sessions to your training regime you will be further supporting his conditioning program. The goal of early season training is to avoid injury by carefully and incrementally enhancing the performance of your horse’s muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments. Of [READ POST]

Chapter 42,Tao Te Ching & Animal Acupressure

The Tao gave birth to One. The One gave birth to Two. The Two gave birth to Three. The Three gave birth to all of creation. All things carry Yin yet embrace Yang. They blend their life breaths in order to produce harmony. --- Chapter 42 of the Tao Te Ching In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), numbers were thought to provide a basic framework for organizing Chinese concepts. It was said that numbers 1-5 describe all the proc [READ POST]

Scratch that Itch: Canine Allergies & Acupressure

By Nancy Zidonis and Amy Snow ( Not only do too many dogs have allergy issues, there are so many different types of allergies that react to offending environmental substances, called allergens. Though dogs exhibit allergic reactions in a variety of ways, there are only five types of allergies: contact, flea, food, bacterial, and inhalant. The most common allergen type is inhalant, or atopy (pronounced “at-ta-p [READ POST]