Horses and Riders
Rider and horse can support each other and grow together. But imbalances on both sides will affect relationship and performance.
In nature horses live and travel together as a group and are more likely to survive as a herd. As prey animals they are targeted by predators and it is their instinct to run away from potential threats. It is a natural process that weaker and slower animals will end up at the periphery of the group, fall behind and have less chances to survive. Simply put, horses have learned to ignore pain in order to keep up with the rest of the herd. We as humans have to remember that horses evolved to be excellent in masking pain. Those stoic animals have mastered their ability to hide their vulnerabilities in order to survive. Horses are a magical combination of power, personality and intuition. No wonder we are so fascinated by their presence. They easily sense and feel our energy, they pick up on our emotions and even read our intents. We have to be fully present, leave our dramas at the door and take a deep breath before we interact with them. This is the only way to build […]
Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, the founder of Osteopathy, mentioned the importance of fascia in his early writings. Fascia, also known as Connective Tissue, is a continuous network of fibers that extends through out our whole body and fills all the space there is. These fibers are short or long, branch off in all directions and seem completely disorganized. They may are woven close together or run far apart, are loose or packed tight together. But this network of fibers is by far more than just filling material or padding. Fascia surrounds and connects anatomical structures like muscles, arteries, veins, nerves, organs etc. and does its best to adapt to accidents, surgeries, traumas, bad habits or our sedentary lifestyle. The understanding of fascia/connective tissue is necessary in order to comprehend the dynamic balance of the human body. Jean- Claude Guimberteau, an MD and Plastic/Reconstructive Surgeon, used video endoscopy to investigate fascia in the living body. In his video – Strolling under the Skin – he allows us an impressive insight into the importance of connective tissue.Dive into a different world and […]
A couple days ago, big wave surfer Paige Alms was talking about concussions and brain injuries on the waterpeople podcast 1. She inspired me to share my knowledge and to introduce some effective treatment options for injuries to the brain, head and neck. My research led to many stories about big wave surfers struggling to recover from serious concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Mercedes Maidana got hit by her board in the forehead, Shawn Dollar broke his neck on a boulder under water, Jeremy Flores hit the reef, 15-year-old Harley Taich was smashed onto hard-packed sand and Owen Wright barely survived a wipeout at pipeline with a brain bleed and a concussion. The list could go on and on; for most of the injured surfers the healing process is very challenging and takes month if not years. You do not need to be a pro-surfer riding the biggest waves out there in order to get serious traumatic impacts to your head, neck or chest. All surfers are risk-taking athletes and often get hurt in the process of expanding their […]