The Rider's Mechanic™

Biomechanical Bodywork for the Equestrian Rider

The Rider's Mechanic™, using a unique hybrid of manual therapies, 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?

Do you:  

  • Have back pain? Neck, knee or shoulder pain,
  • Have tight hips or hips that rotate,   
  • Have one shoulder or hand higher than the other,  
  • Bounce in the saddle,  
  • Feel unsteady or unsafe,  
  • Have rotation in the upper body,  
  • Have one-sided rider dominance,
  • Sit crooked or consistently lean to one side, OR,  
  • Have one leg longer than the other? 

Let’s fix what’s preventing you from achieving the goals you dream about!

Many riders lead stressful lives.  Jobs, lifestyle stressors, 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 operate 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 and  manual therapy industry, I've noticed a common recurring trend; the majority of competitors invest incredible amounts of time and money on their horses' training, feed, overall well being, etc., but they are not doing the same for themselves. My argument is that if riders truly want to help their horses, they will take the time to incorporate manual therapy into their riding program."    ~Kasey Reeder, LMT


It has been well documented that your horse feels pain or discomfort that you may be feeling.  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 eventually be the result.  


Our physical issues will show up in the horse as: 

  • Stiffness 
  • Lameness or poor tracking of the hind legs
  • Behavioral problems - such as grinding teeth, bucking or rearing
  • Increased muscle development on one side
  • Unevenness or wearing of the hoof on one foot more than the other  
  • Consistent wrong canter leads  
  • Resistance - such as not wanting to go forward or going against the bit 
  • Evasion - such as coming behind the bit

"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/or 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:  

  • Myoskeletal Alignment Therapy
  • Myofascial Release
  • Active Assisted Stretching
  • Sports Massage
  • Neuromuscular Therapy
  • Positional Release 

It's time to check your musculoskeletal system and be sure your body is in balance and working at optimum level. 


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.


Here are the top ten reasons to see The Rider’s Mechanic™:


1. Relieve or completely eliminate aches and pains experienced through your horse’s movement.

  • A horse’s movement constantly throws you off balance, requiring you’re riding muscles to contract and relax in an attempt to re-balance the body.  


2. Increase range of motion in joints.

  • Having loose and flexible joints, allows the rider to adjust when needed without introducing negative tension to the body.


3. Aid muscles that fire late or do not fire at all. 

  • Muscles that turn on late or are completely dormant will interfere with the timing of your aids.


4. Improve flexibility and strength in muscles.

  • Flexible muscles make flexible joints.  This helps in staying with the horse's movement and not blocking his motion. Strong muscles aid in stability and coordination, which allows the body to obtain an effective, efficient, and functional seat while giving aids.


5. Enhance respiration and circulation.

  • Promotes mental and physical relaxation.


6. Boost athletic stamina and performance.

  • Builds and maintains a muscular tone for the ability to direct the horse.


7. Advance muscle recovery for repetitively used muscles.

  • It is vital to keep muscles strong and healthy at all times to avoid fatigue and prevent muscular, joint and other injuries.


8. Therapeutically relieve stress and improve focus.

  • Not being preoccupied with emotional or other nagging issues will help improve your focus on your riding.


9. Improve musculoskeletal balance.

  • Reaching optimal functional symmetry should be a goal for every equestrian athlete. Only after that, can riders truly dedicate themselves to become a balanced, relaxed, supple, coordinated, and influential partner to the horse.


10. Stretch tight muscles.

  • Stiff, tight muscles can lead to repetitive strain injuries that will keep you out of the saddle.    

  

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.


By advancing balance, symmetry, flexibility, and posture in the body, you will greatly increase your riding ability and efficiency, while at the same time, improving your horse every stri

Why Biomechanical Bodywork?

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. 


In addition, The Rider's Mechanic™ enjoys collaborating with other trainers with the common goal of helping the rider.

If you have 'rider's block' or need a little extra help in achieving your best, contact us for further information. We look forward to helping you achieve your goals.



Services & Pricing

Certifications

Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques

Certified Myoskeletal Therapist; Posture, Pain & Performance

Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques

Certified Myoskeletal Therapist; Upper Body Specialist

Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques

Certified Myoskeletal Therapist; Lower Body Specialist

Fascial Release for Structural Balance

Fascial Release for Structural Balance Certified

Iliopsoas Advanced Techniques

Iliopsoas Advanced Techniques Certified

ABMP Certified Member

Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals

Certifications

Arizona State Board of Massage Therapy

Certified 2012

The Ohio State Medical Board Limited Practice

Certified 2011

American Institute of Alternative Medicine

Graduate 2011

Descriptions

Biomechanical Bodywork

  

Biomechanical: 

An adjective relating to biomechanics.


Human 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. 


Sports Biomechanics:

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:

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: 

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 may also heal or prevent specific musculoskeletal problems, such as lower back pain or neck pain.


Biomechanical Bodywork: 

Biomechanical Bodywork is a unique, holistic 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 time, every stride.


Musculoskeletal:

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.