I provide a range of therapeutic and integrated approaches for riders and horses, focusing on balance, flexibility, strength, mental preparedness, nutrition and a healthy relationship between human and equine.
Focusing on form, function and correcting movement patterns and help foster the mind - body connection with horse and rider. My holistic approach acknowledges the mental and emotional factors that affect physical dysfunction and pain in both horse and rider.
My credentials allow me to offer a spectrum of different modalities and techniques that together we can customize and build a perfect program for you and your horse.
Equine massage and bodywork varies in both technique and intensity depending on issues presented by the equine client, through rider/owner/trainer intake, hands-on assessment, in-person or video observation, and evaluation rides (see below).
I use an integrated and comprehensive approach that draws heavily on my training in:
Somatic Performance Therapy
All these techniques work together to improve balance, flexibility, and mobility. Equine bodywork not only helps performance, it can improve mood and help your horse feel less stressed and more relaxed. Sometimes what seem like behavioral or training issues in a horse are caused or exacerbated by pain and inflammation, which is addressed during equine therapy and afterward, through the release of endorphins, the horse’s own feel-good hormones.
Equine bodywork involves hands-on work with the horse, using the hands, fingers, and arms to gently and carefully manipulate the muscles and soft tissues in therapeutic ways. Bodywork can reduce muscle tension and stiffness, as well as loosen joints, tendons, and ligaments, thereby improving range of motion and maintaining suppleness. Other benefits of equine body work include:
Reduces swelling and promotes healing
Increases circulation, including to the digestive system
Encourages the natural production of synovial fluid to lubricate joints
Provides hands-on assessment to note changes such as swelling, heat, or coldness that could be early signs of strain or impairment
Helps young or nervous horses become accustomed to touch over the entire body
Offers ideal modality for horses rehabbing from injury
SOMATIC PERFORMANCE SYSTEM
THREE PART CLINIC SERIES
This three part clinic series will help you understand form, function and feel in you and your equine partner.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
PART 1: THE HORSE
In part 1 we will dive deep into understanding and developing proper form, function and feel in your equine partner. We will be looking at development and the biomechanics of each horse through static, movement and palpation evaluations.
PART 2: THE HUMAN
In part 2 we will get a better understanding of the rider’s form and function both on the ground and in the saddle. We will be looking at the rider’s biomechanics through static and movement evaluations and how you and your horse are influencing each other in the saddle.
PART 3: THE PARTNERSHIP
In part 3 we bring it all together from part 1 and part 2 of the clinic series. We take a deep dive into our relationship with our equine partner and how each influences the other through form, function and feel.
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BODYWORK COACHING SESSIONS
Get one on one support to get a better understanding of you and your horses form, function and movement patterns and how you are affecting each other both on the ground and in the saddle. This is a 3 part consultation and coaching where we will dive deep into the mental and emotional factors that affect physical dysfunction and pain in both horse and rider.
Tension in the body of a rider is always going to have a negative impact on performance. Not only is the rider not comfortable in the saddle, but they may be unnatural in their position on the horse, creating an imbalance that can escalate to loss of equine flexibility or even pain. And of course some equestrian athletes, no matter how well they ride, spend so much time in the saddle and working out that massage becomes a must to assist with tissue repair and maintenance of physique.
I offer a massage style for riders that is not all that different than the techniques I use on horses. I use a variety of elements drawing from:
Neuromuscular therapy massage
Deep connective tissue massage
The goal of the massage session is to relieve stiffness and pain, to stimulate blood flow to speed up healing, and to help with the reduction of inflammation and swelling. Deep relaxation through tension and stress reduction are also important elements of massage for riders, just as they are for their mounts.
Sometimes human massage aren’t enough, and riders need personal training and nutritional counseling to help them achieve the next level of equitation. I provide a unique approach to personal training for riders that focuses on an understanding of biomechanics. This is the science of how your body and movement impact how your horse moves, including practical applications of anatomy and physics.
Sometimes issues with a horse’s lack of balance or flexibility can be traced to how the rider is communicating with the horse, through body position, hands, legs, seat, and even the placement of the upper body all the way to the top of the head. We can work together to make sure you are using the best body positioning when riding, so you can provide the clearest cues to your horse. We can also work towards developing the strength and flexibility you need in various areas of the body to improve your riding at any level. I also offer rider fitness assessments, nutritional counseling, and basic to advanced riding instruction.
Show day lunch-and-learn
Weekend or Extended clinics
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Often horse owners and riders are not sure which of my services and treatment modalities are best for them. Prior to any work, we will complete an assessment together and put together a program that suits your needs, based on my evaluation and your goals.
Feel free to contact me to ask any questions or set up an appointment for a consultation. Why wait to give your horse the winning edge and to create the riding partnership you’ve always wanted?!