http://www.equineshiatsu.org/ https://www.facebook.com/theEquineshiatsuassociation The Equine Shiatsu Association (tESA) exists to publicise the benefits of Shiatsu on horses and is a support forum for people practising and training in Equine Shiatsu. tESA holds a Register of Practitioners in Scotland England and also Europe who have attained a professional level of expertise in Shiatsu, and has a Code of Ethics to which members must adhere. The word "Shi-atsu" in Japanese means "finger pressure" and the basic technique of Shiatsu involves pressure with fingers, thumbs, and palms on areas of pain or sensitivity. Stretches and rotations are also an important part of the treatment which aims to stimulate the body's own self-healing abilities through increased blood circulation, lymphatic fluid movement and the activation of both divisions of the autonomic nervous system. The theories underpinning Shiatsu are those of traditional Oriental Medicine, similar to Acupuncture theory.