In order to ride really well we need to be coordinated and balanced in our own bodies so that we can constantly adapt to the movement beneath us.
We also need a high level of mental focus to connect and communicate with our horses and to be aware of what is going on around us.
The Franklin Method helps enormously with this challenge is it combines anatomical explanation and embodiment with imagery to improve awareness, train the mind-body connection and produce efficient movement.
What is anatomical embodiment and imagery?
In the Franklin Method, you are shown how to embody the functional relationship between bones, joints, muscles, fascia and organs. When you embody something it means that you have a physical experience or insight around it.
As you create more anatomically correct embodiment, your movement quality will improve. With more coordinated movement you’ll experience improved strength, flexibility and posture naturally in your riding. If you are able to produce more efficient and coordinated movement, your horse will be able to do the same. The result of this is a rider and horse that look balanced and harmonious in their movement.
Franklin Method Equestrian uses Franklin balls to improve proprioception. Proprioception is our awareness of where our body parts are in relation to each other. Improved proprioception rapidly improves the connections between your mind and body and your awareness and coordination of parts of your body.
Franklin balls can be used in many creative ways to improve a rider’s awareness of tension. Just a few minutes work with the balls can bring about extraordinary changes and a real feeling of relaxation.
Bands also provide proprioceptive feedback as well as offering resistance training for riders. As with the balls, they can be used in a number of creative ways, each tailored to the needs of the rider.
Franklin Method work is incorporated into private simulator sessions and small group workshops are also offered. These workshops are 2.5 hours long and are for a maximum of 6 people. They include dismounted discussions, exercises and short sessions on the simulator to practice movements on the horse. Topics covered in workshops include the Pelvis, Breathing, the Pelvic Floor and the Psoas.