EBT is a light touch therapy that helps both the horse and rider to find their mutual balance. It helps to reduce restrictions, excess tension and pain in both rider and horse. This allows balance, freedom and harmony to be found. It also brings more awareness to the body enabling to make subtle yet deep changes. Ridden exercises are used to help to integrate the changes in the horse and rider after EBT has been applied, so you can feel straight away a more fluent and relaxed way of going.
Prior to the session its useful for me to understand how your training is going and if there is anything coming up for either of you that EBT can help with. Then we will gently set an intention for the session today.
A ridden assessment is made in walk and trot on a relaxed rein where we will chat about what is happening under and in the saddle. Then we will go through EBT with the rider usually. First this consists of me making a light touch in specific and organised areas on your body followed by a walk out to integrate the changes and notice what’s happened and what may feel different for you and your horse. Then some EBT for the horse and again integration time and exercises to help with the changes. Each session is tailored to the individuals and in the moment. A typical session usually lasts around an hour.
History on EBT.
Equestrian Balancing Therapy was developed by Julie Houghton BHSAI, Reiki Master, Cert ZB,ECST.
During her many years of teaching she noticed how much the riders influenced their horses and though there was an 'optimal 'riding position not all people could sit in it due to past injuries maybe current soreness in their bodies,this creates stiffness which the horse picks up on and also compensates for. With the therapeutic knowledge she has, she started to work with the gentle but effective contact with her riders and continued to get changes and responses from both horse and rider. Together they became more fluid and aware of their body.
Julie combined her knowledge of anatomy both human and equine and how energy moves through the body or sometimes not to develop EBT.
Creating deep connections to specific parts of the body to initiate changes that affect the whole combination of horse and rider with positive effect.
What I can bring to an EBT session.
First of all I have to state that I'm not a riding instructor!
The session is not like a usual riding lesson its so much more about body awareness for both you and your horse, like a ridden therapy session. I can bring a therapeutic out look on movement and I can pick up on where areas may be energetically blocked or holding pain or tension be that emotionally or physically. EBT is a lovely therapy to bring wholeness and connection whilst mounted.