How will Bowen help my riding?
- Has your coach pointed out specific parts of you that are inhibiting a more effective ride? Is one shoulder or hip stiffer or less flexible? Are your legs the same length? Are your hips even?
- My goal is to align horse and rider to optimize their performance as a team: when you move freely and with flexibility, and your horse can bend and extend freely and with maximum range - you can both achieve more together
- Chances are your horse goes better in one direction than the other, and that you have one side of your body that is stronger or more flexible than the other. For riders, this tends to manifest in the shoulders or hips (or both). So when you ride, either:
1) you and your horse have the same 'good' side, or
2) you each have opposite good sides
- If you have opposite good sides, it usually works out well and you gradually reach a nice balance in both directions, but it takes a lot of work, meaning both of your weak sides could benefit from bodywork to ensure you strengthen evenly and positively.
- If you share a good side with your horse, do you work the 'bad' direction equally? It's much easier to work the good side, but the bad side needs more attention. Working your weaker sides can cause stiffness and resistance in your body (and the horse's). A Bowen session can help remove the compensation effects leading to one-sidedness and help you get stronger on your bad side.
Bowen Therapy effectively addresses the following conditions & issues: