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Heather Richardson has been studying Animal Acupressure intensively since 2014 and has had the opportunity to study privately with Amy Snow, Co-founder of Tallgrass both in the UK and in Colorado. She has also helped organise the UK courses over the past 5 years and assisted Amy Snow with teaching the Equine Acupressure courses in the UK.
Heather now runs Tallgrass Animal Acupressure UK and is the Lead Instructor offering courses in both Equine and Small Animal Acupressure.
Heather has a strong background in complimentary therapy spanning some 21 years. She attended the Raworth International Collage of Natural, Nutrition and Sports Therapies gaining qualifications in Clinical and Holistic Aromatherapy and Massage Therapy.
Heather is also a Reiki Master, Equine Touch Practitioner and qualified in Equine Massage. She has also attended training courses in human Cranio-Sacral Therapy with the Upledger Institute, Equine Aromatherapy with Catherine Bird, Photo-therapy for Animals, Fascial Edge Tool, Equine Kinesiology Taping, Vibrational Therapy Tools and Muscle Testing Techniques with Jo Rose Therapies, as well as training with Jilly Tanton in Equine Myofascial Release and Equine Cranio-Sacral Therapy.
I originally became drawn to Canine Acupressure 10 + years ago when a dog of mine then Ben (Border Collie X Lab rescue) reached senior years and developed arthritis as well as hotspots. I brought a little paper back book called ‘Acu-Dog’ by the authors Amy Snow and Nancy Zidonis. Reading it I was hooked on acupressure. Ben lived to a great age of 16 1/2years and it is was only the last year he stopped bouncing around like a puppy.
Another one of my dogs Kess, who was a pup when Ben was senior reached senior years herself and developed health related issues. So again out came my Acu-Dog book to support Kess!
Ultimately my search to learn animal acupressure lead me on to the Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute's website. I signed up for the Small Animal / Canine Practitioner training and haven't looked back. It has been a long journey finishing my studies with Tallgrass, with many hurdles thrown my way. And now, I'm excited to be offering small animal acupressure my own 4-leggeds and others as well!
Caroline Dalkin, Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Phone: 01 296 651301
Caroline has been training both competition and pleasure horses for over fifteen years and manages her own livery yard, Liberation Farm. The focus of the yard is on horses being able to live their own lives in a more natural environment. The success of Liberation Farm has led to the opening of a second barn specifically designed for horses in need of physical or emotional healing. As a Tallgrass Equine Acupressure Practitioner, Caroline also combines Herbalism, Reiki & Homeopathy with the art of listening. The combination of all of these treatments along with a healthy dose of laughter and common sense provides the perfect balance for both the horses and their "people".
Rachel Jackson, Small Animal Acupressure Practitioner
Phone: 0161 486 1513
Rachel started her studies and training in Small Animal Acupressure in 2005, receiving her practitioner certification from the Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute in 2009. She decided to undertake this study after becoming interested in TCM as a way of helping animals after she had qualified as a Tellington TTouch Practitioner for Companion Animals P2 and as a TTEAM Practitioner for Equines P1. Her approach is to look at each animal as an individual and from a holistic perspective.
Rachel has been working as a Junior School teacher for 16 years, now working part time to devote more time to her passion for working with assisting people help their animals. She has completed a two year dog trainer as well as attending a variety of courses including: clicker training, aromatherapy for dogs, rehabilitation, canine communication and learning, dog behavior, canine agility. Rachel has experience working with dogs of all ages as well as dogs with uncooperative behaviours. She believes that companion animals come into our lives for a reason, often becoming our best teachers. Rachel shares her life with her husband and her much loved lurchers, all of whom have taught her so much.
Katherine Huggins, Small Animal Acupressure Practitioner
Kate qualified as a small animal acupressure practitioner in 2020 and is based in Kent. Kate qualified as a Ttouch practitioner in 2012 and as a Certified Canine Athlete Specialist in 2019 and uses a combination of Acupressure, Ttouch and Conditioning and Strength training in her sessions, which she finds to be very effective for supporting all types of canine activities.
Kate has extensive experience competing internationally in Agility, IGP, Canicross and Conformation Showing with multiple dogs so understands how the combination of Training, Acupressure and Ttouch to support and enhance the performance of active and sporting dogs.
Phillipa McAuley, Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Mobile Phone: 0798 909 4235
In 2002, after careers in teaching and information management, Phillipa began practising her healing and animal skills in earnest. She is a qualified Tai Chi teacher and Healer for people and animals, and now cares for 6 horses and a dog at home. She first became interested in Acupressure, having used the Tallgrass book to help save a very poorly foal, and believes it is an important tool that everyone should be aware of for managing health issues. She finds acupressure is an ideal partner for the energy healing she offers. She is now adding muscle management techniques to her portfolio in order to enable maximal effectiveness of the acupressure, in addition to relieving discomfort.
She believes that our animal friends have spiritual needs just their owners do and that the acupressure approach is helpful because it incorporates the emotional health with physical care. She feels that the hands on, 'listening' nature of acupressure is an important part of the effectiveness of the therapy.
Susan Scott, Equine Acupressure Practitioner
Sue has over 25 years of practical experience in the agricultural industry. And, in 2000 Sue was accepted into Aberystwyth University to study an Equine Science BSc (Hons) course. The study of nutrition (2003/04) and biomechanics (2006/07) provided a foundation which would later complement the Acupressure Training. Sue has a broad based course of natural medicine for horses, including craniosacral therapy, soft muscle release techniques chiropractic studies and applied kinesiology. Sue has a passion for acupressure and the traditional Chinese medicine. She certified through the Tallgrass Animal Acupressure program in 2007, to become the first practitioner in Wales. Sue now works in West Wales and enjoys spending time with her horses and ponies. 'Natural Horsemanship' and acupressure has enabled me to re-establish the kind of relationship with my ponies that I took for grant when I was a child. I just love it.
Jane Evans, Equine Acupressure Practitioner
The Grange, South Farm
Phone: 01793 741081
Jane is an equine practitioner with Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute, continuing her life long journey and study of TCM. Her approach is to the whole animal being assessed as a unique individual in its environment. She runs study groups for Tallgrass in England and is currently studying to teach Tallgrass courses. Jane strongly believes in TCM with her background extending to and including certification in equine Shiatsu and Essential oil therapy for animals. She welcomes working with vets and practitioners from other areas; as she believes no one modality has all of the answers and often a combination is required.
Lucy qualified as an equine acupressure practitioner in 2011 and is based in Monmouthshire. Lucy uses a combination of acupressure, reiki, quantum touch, massage, myofascial release and animal communication in her sessions, which she finds to be very effective for both physical and emotional issues. Lucy works with both people and horses.
Louise Southcott, Small Animal Acupressure Practitioner
Phone: 07889 298639
Louise qualified for Small Animal Acupressure Practitioner in 2015. She uses a portfolio of complementary therapies to care for animal and their human companions. Trained in Kinesiology, Nutrition, Animal Communcation and Tracking, Zoopharmacognosy and Spiritual healing, Louse uses these techniques in combination directed by the animals own choics and responses.
Her fees are a donation to an animal charity to whatever value the session was considered worthy, so all animals benefit from the work she does. Louise works full time in the commercial world and her 'on the side' animal therapy work represents a small way of repaying all the support she has received from the animals in her life. Current animal partners are Kira the dog and Alfie the horse!
Building on her previous career as a lecturer and acupressure therapist (for humans), Emma began studying with Tallgrass in 2015 to develop a holistic approach to human/animal interaction. She offers individual sessions for people and their pets, as well as a ‘Pet Partner Acupressure’ service, where owners and animals can share a healing experience. Her experience as a teacher allows her to share her knowledge with owners, working for the benefit of all sentient beings. She also teaches Pet first aid courses with two of the leading training providers, offering advice for the care of dogs, cats, rabbits, rats and more. Based in Derbyshire, she works throughout the North West of England and North Wales.