[RIDER’S POSTURE TIP] Make gravity your BFF

Rider's Posture Tip - Connection Down for stability - ©2016 Emily Clark TheSuppleRider.comI show riders how to create effortless, free posture in and out of the saddle. A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of speaking at the Oregon Equestrian Trails (OET) Statewide Roundup. The first point I mentioned was the importance of gravity for stability.

Gravity and stability

This comes as a surprise to lots of people, because most of us think of gravity as a bad thing, especially in terms of our bodies—”giving in to gravity” and “letting gravity take over” both sound negative. We’ve been taught to sit up “ramrod straight”, but free and easy uprightness isn’t possible without a connection down to the earth.

I was reminded how important this is when I heard from one of the OET audience members, Wendy Kerns, a few weeks later:

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3 pillars of positive posture for horseback riders

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Effortless posture, or what I call “posture that works for you”, isn’t just about the position you place your body in. It starts from the inside out and involves 3 things. Structure—your musculoskeletal system; how you deal with ever-present stress, and strategies for finding and renewing freedom in your body.

Good posture is a continuing journey of awareness.

Structure

Bones, muscles and soft tissues

The similarities between the structure of humans and horses are pretty remarkable, and being aware of them can help rider and horse work better together. Horses and humans both have a poll (or head/neck joint) and a topline (spine). Ideally both are free of tension so the body’s parts can move without hindrance and rider and horse can move as one.

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[Tip of the Month] Stop Clamping Down Your Posture & Start Going Up Right Now

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Are you bothered by pain or posture problems like slumping? If the answer is yes, you could be making the problem worse by unknowingly tightening and clamping down your body. Read on for a tip to nip this pattern in the bud and start going up instead. Going up relieves the tension and makes you effortlessly taller.

What triggers clamping down?

Stress is the cause of so much unnecessary tension in our bodies! How do you know if you’re clamping down without realizing it? Are you dealing with one or more of these types of stress on a regular basis?

  • Time stress “I’ve got to get all the horses fed before I go to work”
  • Emotional stress “My partner’s upset with me because I complained about the socks on the floor”
  • Physical stress “My shoulder is tense”
  • Postural stress “My trainer says I brace my back (drill sergeant) or slump in the saddle”

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Got pain when you work, exercise or relax? [VIDEO]

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When:  Monday September 21

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Hi, Emily here, from TheSuppleRider.com. If you live in the Portland area and have pain when you work, exercise or relax, you’re in the right place.

Did you know that posture problems are a huge cause of pain? The good news is, there’s a solution for that.It’s a simple easy class called Back Pain Be Gone.

Join us for a free preview Monday, September 21stat 6:30 in NE Portland. Click here for more information and registration.

Til then, remember: pain is a thief. Don’t let it rob you.

See you in September!

Keep your stress from snowballing into an avalanche [VIDEO]

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What:  Back Pain Be Gone Free Preview
When:  Monday September 21
Time:  6:30 – 8:00 pm
Where: 5001 SE Brooklyn St. Portland, OR 97206

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Hi, Emily here, from TheSuppleRider.com.

If you’re stressed to the max and live in the Portland area, you’re in the right place.

You know when you have so much on your to do list that you just freeze up? I call it the stress snowball. Stress is one of the main causes of back pain. The good news is, there’s a solution for that. It’s a simple easy class called Back Pain Be Gone.

Join us for a free preview next Monday September 21st at 6:30 in NE Portland.

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Until then, remember you CAN keep stress from snowballing into an avalanche!

See you there!

 

Body solutions that improve your mood [VIDEO]

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What:  Back Pain Be Gone Free Preview
When:  Monday September 21
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Where: 5001 SE Brooklyn St., Portland, OR 97206
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Hi, Emily here, from TheSuppleRider.com.

If you live in the Portland area and sometimes feel anxious or down, you’re in the right place. Did you know that your posture has a big impact on your mood? When you slump it can make you feel depressed and hopeless.

When you brace your back you can feel anxious or rigid. The good news is, there’s a solution for that. It’s a simple easy class called Back Pain Be Gone. With free, easy posture you feel calm and in control.

Join us for a free preview Monday September 21st at 6:30 in NE Portland.

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See you on the 21st!

Pain is a thief—don’t let it rob you [VIDEO]

Hey riders, Emily here, from TheSuppleRider.com. Many riders suffer needlessly with pain. I help clients shift harmful posture habits that create discomfort.

Together, we create new habits of effortless posture. Clients say they feel great and connect with their horse every single ride.

Remember, pain is a thief. Don’t let it rob you.

Click here to get a copy of my free report, The Secrets of Pain Free Riders. Til next time, stay tall in the saddle!

[VIDEO] What is the Alexander Technique?

Are you a horseback rider with pain or stiffness before, during or after you ride?

Or maybe you feel great, but want to connect even better with your horse?

Hi, I’m Emily Clark, The Posture Professional, in Portland, Oregon.

I show horseback riders how to reduce or eliminate pain and stiffness so they can connect with their horse every single ride.

My clients learn a proven solution called The Alexander Technique.

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Does your horse (and your back) hate it when you sit up straight?

Does your horse (and your back) hate it when you 'sit up straight'?What do you think of when you hear the word posture? If you’re like me, and most of the horseback riders who come to my Secrets of Pain-Free Riders workshops, you probably hear your Mom’s voice telling you to “sit up straight!” Or maybe you hear an instructor telling you to put your “ears, shoulders hips and ankles in a straight line”.

‘Sitting up straight’

I don’t know about you, but whenever I tried ‘sitting up straight’, with my chest puffed out, my shoulders back and my chin tucked, I could only make it last for 30 seconds at the most. And  it wasn’t comfortable at all.

Give it a try it right now, wherever you are and notice how you feel

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Horseback Riders’ Self-Care Quiz

Woman readingCan you remember the last time you got away from it all?

Was it a vacation, a weekend retreat, or maybe it was a special occasion with your spouse, partner or a friend? If you could quantify the benefit, what did you get out of it?

Recharging batteries

I don’t know about you, but when I get away it really recharges my batteries. Something else that recharges your batteries is investing in some essential self-care. For riders, self care is an investment that has benefits for you, your riding AND your connection with your horse.

Self-care essentials

The obvious ones are eating right, exercising and getting adequate sleep. And there are 6 more to consider: stress relief, breathing (yes, lots of us hold our breath most of the time), pain relief, and injury prevention strategies as well as paying attention to your posture and mood.

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