Nancy Zidonis and Marie Soderberg began as Equine Acupressure over 30 years ago which later became Tallgrass. They studied acupressure and opened an acupressure practice working with competitive riders. The riders asked if they could work on their horses because they were the real athletes. This kicked off all that has come to be these last many years.
Nancy and Marie studied even more Chinese Medicine, worked with a veterinarian to analyze video of horses in action, and began to work directly with horses. Rather than just having a practice, Nancy realized that writing a manual and teaching courses would effectively spread the knowledge and skills needed to offer more people and horses the benefits of acupressure.
In 1998, Amy Snow joined forces. She was excited by all the work Nancy and Marie had done and wanted to support their efforts. The name changed to Tallgrass Publishers, LLC. and Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute to include small animal acupressure as well as equine acupressure.
This was the platform to launch more books, manuals, charts, videos and a 300+ hour comprehensive acupressure training program. During the next 20 years, Nancy and Amy created acupressure learning tools and offered hands-on and online courses and materials worldwide. Tallgrass' reputation for outstanding acupressure texts and in-depth courses became known as the leading acupressure resource.
In 2019, it was time to support the Tallgrass mission of making acupressure even more accessible to animals and people everywhere. Now there are instructors in many countries offering the Tallgrass curriculum of hands-on and online courses. Amy and Nancy have continued to build a treasure trove of acupressure-massage resources to the worldwide growth of Tallgrass.
As Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Resources, there are more e-learning opportunities for horses, dogs, and cats, new charts, articles, blogs, and other acupressure-massage learning tools. Nancy and Amy are doing what they love by creating and exploring new resources for people wanting to care for their animals using this ancient healing art and science.
Nancy Zidonis, Founder
Nancy Zidonis, is a pioneer in the field of animal acupressure. She wrote the first equine and canine acupressure handbooks. Nancy, along with Amy Snow, is the founding partner of Tallgrass Publishers and Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute.
Nancy began her work in animal acupressure over 35 years ago. She has studied and worked extensively in the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine for animals and veterinary homeopathy. She is the co-author of 8 acupressure books, author of four DVDs, meridian charts, and canine and equine acupressure Apps along with numerous articles for publications. Nancy studied at the International Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Colorado, USA. Nancy also holds a diploma from the British Institute of Homeopathy Veterinarian Diploma. She was s founder of the National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure & Massage.
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Amy Snow, Founder
Amy Snow, along with Nancy Zidonis, is a founding partner of Tallgrass Publishers and Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute. Amy has been in the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine since 1976 and has worked with dogs and horses since childhood. She studied at the International Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Colorado, USA.
Amy integrated her love of animals with Chinese Medicine and other eastern bodywork modalities 22 years ago when she joined Nancy Zidonis with whom she co-authored 8 animal acupressure texts including Acu-Dog: A Guide to Canine Acupressure, Acu-Horse: A Guide to Equine Acupressure, and Acu-Cat: A Guide to Feline Acupressure. Additionally, she contributes articles to publications in the US, Canada, Australia, and England. As was a found of the National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure & Massage.
In 2019, Tallgrass decided to train affiliates in several countries across the world in order to spread the knowledge of Acupressure and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
My name is Jesse McCowan and I am the lead instructor for Tallgrass Canada, an affiliate of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Resources. I live in Stouffville, Ontario with my family and my 5 year old Aussie, Kaia. My background is in Animal Behaviour, Reiki, Iridology and various other wellness therapies.