Equine Hanna Somatics is a gentle, safe, hands-on movement method to help any horse reduce chronic tension, gain body awareness, improve range-of-motion, correct poor posture and maximize their athletic potential.
EHS is the only training approach that uses Somatic Exercises to invite Voluntary Pandiculation and cause the horse's own brain to make lasting changes to their muscles. EHS can both improve AND reverse the chronic tension that is responsible for so many of the symptoms of 'aging' like: stiffness, lameness, lack of energy, and losing that competitive edge...
EHS is easy to do and feels great to the horse, so it's also a wonderful bonding and trust-building experience between horse & owner.
Eleanor is the Co-Founder and Director of the Novato Institute for Somatics Research and Training, Co-Creator of Hanna Somatics and Creator of Equine Hanna Somatics and Canine Hanna Somatics.
Alissa is a certified Equine Hanna Somatics Educator, Co-Instructor of the Equine Hanna Somatics Professional Training Program, International Clinician and Creator of A Somatic Approach to Horsemanship™.
The EHS Professional Training and Certification Program is a 3-module annual course, offered each Spring and now ONLINE.
It takes 2+ years to become a Certified EHSE - but with our introductory instructional video, you can learn to do a basic EHS Session - and start helping your horse immediately!
This is an elegant solution to many "training" and "behavioral" problems. Although it may look like other techniques it is at it's core very different.
I have studied other modalities, and have worked with horses for over 40 years. IMO this method gets to the real problem and allows the individuals system to re-balance. How beautiful is that?! No force. It is also physically easy enough for me to help my horse, since I have had many injuries, aches and pains over the years... now I do Hanna Somatic movement too!
Thanks for sharing your wisdom and passion to help horses all over the world.
Dizzy - horse owner - Aiken, SC
As a rider who can compare how my horse feels both before and after EHS work, what I find is that the sessions do seem to profoundly affect my horse’s ability to accept connection through his or her body as well as to access areas of tension that exercises under saddle have failed to alleviate.
The study and practice of EHS allows the body and mind to build awareness and explore range of motion in all four legs, the spine and in the major muscle groups of the hindquarters, back, shoulders, neck, poll and jaw.
Learning EHS has also increased my awareness of where the horse’s body may not be cooperating or available and given me tools to help my horse access those parts.
Sarah Martin - USDF gold medalist and Certified Instructor through Fourth Level and USDF instructor/trainer faculty member.
This is a mind-blowing healing modality that really works for horses (and humans). Although no single modality can reverse all flaws and problems, every horse can benefit from optimal use of their muscles and release of habitual tensions that cause postural modification (usually misdiagnosed as conformation flaws).
We would have sold a horse whose subtle, but cumulative issues caused his behavior to be too difficult for a beginning rider. Because of Equine Hanna Somatics, we have the horse we paid for — and don't have to say goodbye to our family member.
Gwen & Jim - Lost Creek Llamas & Norwegian Fjords - Oregon
Felicitas von Neumann Cosel riding Tonico do Top, a very successful 15-year-old Lusitano stallion, in his last season at Grand Prix. Felicitas said:
"He was not a big mover by nature, therefore it took years to develop him in an athletic way so he was able to flow with cadence and jump. He always had to work hard to stretch his physical limitations and I was always looking for ways I could help him.
As much as HS was helpful for me, I was very doubtful how it could work with a horse. But curiosity and intrigue won over doubt, so I ordered the DVD for EHS. Watching it, I was still very skeptical, but since I had taken it that far I thought I might as well give it a try. It took me exactly one round of lifting his legs and I could not believe how much it reflected everything I felt when I rode him." (From An Introduction to EHS, Dressage Today Jan2018)
Eleanor Criswell Hanna, co-founder of the Novato Institute for Somatic Research & Training, co-creator of Hanna Somatics and the creator of Equine Hanna Somatics, has applied the proven method of Hanna Somatics to the horse and discovered that it works just as well, if not better, with the equine body and mind.
Easy, step-by-step instructions and a list of guiding principles for the work make the introductory video a wonderful, easy to follow teaching tool.
Designed for you to watch and then try your first session on the same day, bringing the gifts of LASTING Relaxation, Suppleness and Ease to your horse ASAP.
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