The Rider's Mechanic™ off the horse training coaches riders of all skill levels to feel the difference in correcting muscle imbalances, aligning the skeletal system, acquiring better flexibility in muscle and joint movement, and establishing a mind-body connection for optimum riding performances every time.
"Keeping future legends in the saddle." ~ Kasey Reeder, LMT
Riding is a tradition based sport and implementing sports science is relatively new to the equestrian world. As a professional rider, coach, certified instructor of 20 years, and Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), I understand the sport and the skills needed to optimize rider performance. I also understand the equestrian lifestyle, as many of us do more in the barn, besides riding.
Do you have anything physically stopping you from achieving your best while riding?
Let’s fix what’s preventing you from achieving the goals you dream about!
Many riders lead stressful lives. Jobs, family, and care of their horses, riders have little time to take care of themselves. To top that, they have the added expectation for their bodies to perform at peak performance while riding. Riders at every level, who want to improve their riding, must develop the mentality of an athlete. Athletes implement a holistic approach to taking care of their bodies to perform at their best, which includes manual therapy/bodywork. As such, bodywork must be an integral part of any rider’s training program.
"With many years in the performance horse world, I've noticed a common recurring trend - the majority of competitors spend hundreds and thousands on chiropractic and bodywork for their horses but do nothing for themselves. My argument is - riders could cut down on that by making sure the rider on top isn’t contributing to those asymmetries. In other words, get yourself checked out by a knowledgeable bodyworker to become stronger, more flexible and restore any asymmetries you may be unknowingly passing on to your horse.” ~ Kasey Reeder, LMT
For some of us, looking at the whole horse, statically or dynamically, we know that a great percentage of the horse ailments or health issues, are basically induced through the way they move. Unfortunately, these mechanical imbalances bring on underlying issues that will worsen with time. More times than not, it is the rider who is unknowingly creating these mechanical imbalances. Horses will make every effort to accommodate a stiff or uneven rider. However, if this is not corrected, sooner or later a stiff and uneven horse will be the result.
Our physical issues will show up in the horse as:
"Muscle is never neutral; it either works for you, or it works against you. " ~ Jack Meaghar
Many riders try so hard to improve their riding, but their bodies fail them. Suffering from chronic or acute pain, an asymmetrical musculoskeletal system, and restrictive overused muscles, may lead to frustration and prevent the advancement of your riding skills.
The Rider's Mechanic™ implements a variety of bodywork modalities to improve musculoskeletal alignment for structural balance such as:
It's time to check your musculoskeletal system - THE ONE THING THAT CAN CHANGE EVERYTHING IN YOUR RIDING!
As an accomplished rider and LMT, I have the skills to get your body balanced and moving well in the saddle. I have the knowledge and understanding of movement patterns associated with riding, along with the ability to identify, address, and relieve dysfunctional conditions that may be affecting you while riding.
Top 10 reasons to see The Rider’s Mechanic™:
1. Relieve or completely eliminate aches and pains experienced through your horse’s movement.
2. Increase range of motion in joints.
3. Aid muscles that fire late or do not fire at all.
4. Improve flexibility and strength in muscles.
5. Enhance respiration and circulation.
6. Boost athletic stamina and performance.
7. Advance muscle recovery for repetitively used muscles.
8. Therapeutically relieve stress and improve focus.
9. Improve musculoskeletal balance.
10. Stretch tight muscles.
"The basic biomechanical law of the human body allows the manual therapist to prevent pain before it occurs." ~ Erik Dalton
My goal is to help you achieve your riding goals, and at the same time, riding in good health and preventing injury.
The Rider’s Mechanic™ views each client from a “preventative” perspective; taking time to perform an accurate assessment of the body and develop a treatment plan using a systematic approach to improve body alignment for structural balance.
In each bodywork session, The Rider’s Mechanic™ guides you through the process in understanding the importance of advanced body awareness of individual muscles and joints, how your body functions and interacts with your horse, and how correcting your muscle and skeletal imbalances will improve your posture and overall health.
Achieving balance, flexibility, and correct posture in the body, you will greatly increase your riding ability and efficiency, while at the same time, improving your horse every stride.
**The Rider's Mechanic™ enjoys collaborating with other trainers/instructors with the common goal of helping the rider. If you need a little extra help in achieving your best, contact us for further information. We look forward to helping you achieve your goals!
Biomechanical Bodywork is a unique hybrid of manual therapies, with a focus on the study and application of human movement. The goals are to manipulate the physical body to realign the body's structure, improve its function/movement, and enhance the mind-body connection.
If you are stuck in your riding, feel pain while riding, or want to get serious about your development as an equestrian athlete, biomechanical bodywork will make a world of difference in your riding ability as well as enhance your performance as an effective and efficient rider.
Certified Myoskeletal Therapist
Posture, Pain & Performance Specialist
Certified Myoskeletal Therapist
Upper Body Specialist
Certified Myoskeletal Therapist
Lower Body Specialist
Certified Myoskeletal Therapist
Fascial Release for Structural Balance Certified
Iliopsoas Advanced Techniques Certified
ABMP Certified Member
An adjective relating to biomechanics.
The study of structure and function of a living body; what it's made of and how muscles, bones, tendons, and ligaments work together to produce movement. In addition, biomechanics directly pertains to the internal and external forces acting on the human body and the effects produced by these forces.
Biomechanics in sports, can be stated as the muscular, joint and skeletal actions of the body during the execution of a given task, skill and/or technique. Proper understanding of biomechanics relating to sports skill has the greatest implications on: sport’s performance, rehabilitation and injury prevention, along with sport mastery.
Rider biomechanics is a method of how a rider uses their posture and balance to ride in relation to the horse's movement. It is not just about sitting in a "correct" position, however, it is about understanding the forces put on your body by your horse’s movement and how to match those forces in the right directions at the correct times.
Bodywork therapy is a general term that refers to a group of body-based approaches to treatment that emphasize manipulation and realignment of the body's structure in order to improve its function as well as the client's mind-body connection. Bodywork should not be equated with massage simply speaking. Massage therapy is one form of bodywork, but in massage therapy, the practitioner uses oil or lotion to reduce the friction between their hands and the client's skin. In most forms of body work, little if any lubrication is used, as the goal of this type of hands-on treatment is to warm, relax and stretch the fascia (a band or sheath of connective tissue that covers, supports, or connects the muscles and the internal organs) and underlying layers of tissue.
The purpose of bodywork therapy is the correction of problems in the client's overall posture, connective tissue, and/or musculature in order to bring about greater ease of movement, less discomfort, and a higher level of energy in daily activity. Some forms of bodywork have as a secondary purpose the healing or prevention of repetitive stress injuries, particularly for people whose occupations require intensive use of specific parts of the body (such as dancers, musicians, professional athletes, opera singers, etc.) Bodywork also heals or prevents specific musculoskeletal problems.
Biomechanical Bodywork is a unique hybrid of manual therapies, with a focus on the study and application of human movement. The goals are to gently manipulate the physical body to realign the body's structure, improve its function/movement, and enhance the mind-body connection.
Biomechanical Bodywork for the Equestrian Rider:
Biomechanical Bodywork gives the rider the opportunity to develop musculoskeletal balance, better flexibility, increased range of motion in the joints, added strength in the muscles, and at the same time, relieving any pain the rider may be feeling. The result is improved rider posture and balance, thus, increasing riding ability, efficiency, and effectiveness to improve the horse every stride.
concerning, involving, or made up of both the muscles and the bones.
The Rider’s Mechanic™:
Body worker who coaches riders on and off the horse to feel the extraordinary difference in their riding by correcting muscle imbalances, aligning the myoskeletal system, acquiring better flexibility in muscle and joint movement, and relieving pain the rider may have, for optimum riding performances every time.