Equine Hanna Somatics
Lili is certified in Equine Hanna Somatics. This is mind-body integration through movement for performance enhancement and a greater sense of well-being for both horse and human.
Hanna Somatics (or EHS) is a natural method of mind-body connection for athletes,
pain relief, longevity and an increased sense of well being for your horse.
is an adaption of Hanna Somatics, a proven, natural and safe method of pain
relief and sensory motor training for humans. Like humans, horses experience stress and develop chronically
contracted muscles. Chronically contracted muscles often create discomfort and
restrict movement and performance.
EHS is a hands on procedure for teaching horses, along with their riders
and handlers, about voluntary and conscious control of their neuromuscular
education is also a very enjoyable and relaxing experience for the horse. After the session horses seem to walk,
trot and canter more easily. Their muscles move more fluidly and they are more
supple and responsive to the rider or handlers requests.
a series of gentle guided movements, your horse will learn to have increased awareness
and control over muscles, to work through poor postural habits, and learn to
reprogram the resting muscle tone back to neutral by changing the “muscle
Hanna Somatics is easy for the horse to learn because it’s based on movements
that are natural for the horse.
The owner/rider will also learn basic EHS exercises to continue to
support the horse’s healthy posture.
EHS sessions generally take 1-1.5 hours.
Positive changes in conformation/posture, stride length, attitude and
muscle activity are often seen in the very first session. Best results are generally seen after
3-5 sessions, which can be done daily or weekly. A follow up session is recommended 4-6 months later or
anytime the horse experiences a trauma or stress that causes him to change his
health, attitude or way of going.