Horseback riding is a wonderful sport that connects rider to horse in a dance that is powerful to observe and wonderful to experience. Over the years I have worked with many riders whose primary goal is to be able to get back on their horse and ride without pain. Nearly all of them have fallen off their horse, been bucked or kicked, or sustained a minor riding-related injury – after all, it's part and parcel of horseback riding. Even if their injury has not landed them in the hospital, it has a lasting effect on their riding ability in the form of Sensory Motor Amnesia (SMA).
It's not a wonder that Essential Somatics is attracting knowledgeable riding teachers who are taking an interest in helping their students get back on their horses, so that both they and their animals can continue to feel move freely and easily, and without pain.
I'd like to introduce you all to Lisa Weiben. Lisa is a Clinical Somatic Educator-in-training in the Canada 1 training class in Calgary, AB. She isa Centered Riding teacher, using Clinical Hanna Somatics with her horseback riders, both in movement classes and one-to-one clinical sessions at the Mountain View Training Stables. Here's what Lisa has to say about how Somatics can benefit horseback riders:
"Hanna (or Clinical) Somatics is about muscles and movement. Important things to everyone, but extremely important to anyone who rides a horse! It is wonderful for people suffering from chronically contracted muscles. Even if you don’t think you have contracted muscles, the contractions can build up over time and form specific patterns in the body.
The Somatic Movements are easy for anyone to do. A short daily practice of Hanna Somatic Movements can reset the muscles and prevent future tightness from occurring. We will always have stress in our lives, we may sustain injuries, or be in accidents, but it doesn’t mean that we can’t keep our bodies free from the muscles tightness that can limit our potential as a rider. We want to be able to sit on the horse as in balance as possible so that we can help our equine partners perform to the best of their abilities. Somatics can help us get there!"
To read Lisa's article in full, with specific tips for horseback riders, click here! Lisa offers one-to-one clinical Somatics sessions, Hanna Somatic movement classes, riding lessons in centered riding, Western Dressage, English Dressage, and horsemanship. If you're a horseback rider who wants to eliminate pain, get back on your horse, or simply improve your riding capability, contact Lisa.
And you don't have to ride a horse to do Hanna Somatics. If you are active, you can learn to stay active and improve your level of activity with less tension, and more intelligent and efficient movement. You don't even have to be in pain to enjoy Hanna Somatics; you just have to want to move!