Your position has a huge impact on the way your horse can move underneath you. Your spinal alignment influences every aspect of your riding, from where your legs are positioned on the horse's sides to how you can apply a half halt aid. Even tiny deviations have an impact on how you and your horse work together.
Pilates is an effective way to improve symmetry, mobility, strength, breathing, co-ordination, and concentration, all important components for riding. Biomechanical restriction causes poor posture and vice versa. If any of the deep muscles in your core, and even muscles in your arms and legs which are connected in muscular chains through your core are in spasm or tight it really affects how you absorb the force of your horse's movement. Specialist knowledge of human anatomy and movement and how you use your body when riding, plus how the horse influences you is required to help you make the necessary changes. This is where we come in, through screening assessments and a prescriptive exercise programme.
The Franklin Method combines anatomical embodiment and imagery to improve awareness, train the mind-body connection, and produce efficient movement. With practice of the Franklin Method, equestrians become more aware of not only their own movement, but also the movement of their horse. Consequently, the connection between horse and rider becomes more clear and precise.
These classes will give you the tools you need to become more aware of your body when you ride your horse. The programme will help you to improve your alignment, stability, symmetry, mobility, breathing, and force absorption.
A full intrinsic biomechanics screening will identify any restrictions in how your muscles, nerves and joints are working.
Based on the screening results you will be given a personalised exercise programme to continue at home, before a further screen to identify positive changes and a progression of your exercise programme.
In this workshop series we will explore how your spine moves when you are riding, and work on embodiment of the rider's spine as a way to keep it healthy, strong and vibrant. Franklin balls and bands are used.
Using the saddle horse we will explore your alignment, breathing and centring, through Equipilates techniques on the saddle.
The franklin method will then provide the tools to bring symmetry, balance, posture and stability to your riding to make the connection between horse and rider more precise.
This workshop series will explore how your core muscles work when you ride, what the right amount of stability for riding is, and different ways of strengthening your core muscles. Franklin balls & bands are used.
I can honestly say I am noticing an improvement in my riding since doing Equestrian Pilates. I was looser and felt to be in a better balanced even position.
Becki is an amazing teacher who adapts her classes to suit all abilities. She incorporates the right balance of seriousness with fun and laughter and her classes are varied with great outcomes.
I felt amazing after the lesson, it not only makes you feel better physically, but emotionally too. I learnt a lot, I have stiffness one side of my neck, I didn't know! and my left leg is slightly weaker than my right.