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The Whole Horse Podcast with Alexa Linton

Dec 19, 2022

Ever since Equine Therapy school I was fascinated with the Element theory from Traditional Chinese Medicine and how it provided a lens to understand horses and their health better, as well as understanding myself. Now, many years later, Susan Tenney of Elemental Acupressure re-kindled this fascination for me and I'm so excited to share this super helpful and interesting understanding with you! In this episode we chatted about how to identify the main element of your horse, the behvioural and personality patterns related, the health implications of their key element and how you can help them to be their most healthy, and how you and your horse's main element combine in the most supportive way. Enjoy!

Susan’s students and clients say that she positively shines when she works. Her love of animals comes through in everything she does. To illustrate her ideas, Susan can be theatrical – making an idea come alive by panting like a happy dog or drooping her head and sighing like a horse relaxing into a massage. These images stay with students, helping them integrate ancient Chinese Medical concepts into their modern day lives. To Susan, Five Element acupressure for animals is so insightful and powerful that it seems wondrous. She passes on that sense of wonder to her students, clients, and readers.

Susan feels strongly that massage and acupressure are for everyone – not just the “experts". This you- can-do-it attitude carries over into her classes where she delights in demystifying Chinese Medicine and Five Element theory. Her deep experience and gentle touch makes her very popular with her students and readers as well as her four-legged clients! Susan teaches the Shiatsu, acupressure and Five Element theory courses. She is the co-founder of Elemental Acupressure along with her husband, Jonathan Cohn.

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