Tuition Options at Equipilates™ HQ
Equipilates™ Studio Sessions
Want to improve your position, partnership and performance with your horse? You've come to the right place!
Whether your goal is to rehabilitate from injury or surgery, or take your competitive performance or simply your partnership with your horse to another level, Lindsay will tailor your sessions specifically to your needs. Work on the mechanical horse, intrinsic biomechanical or gait assessment, sports and exercise therapy, and work on the Pilates studio equipment is all on the menu! Most sessions comprise a blend of several of the above, including the Franklin Method®. Lindsay charges £90 for an initial assessment which takes around and hour and a half and £60 per hour thereafter. She works closely with her clients to support their progress and as part of her sessions you will be given your exercise programme to work on at home. She also offers intensive workshops which are especially suitable for those travelling a distance. See the section at the bottom for more info.
Amateur riders in a wide variety of disciplines all the way through to high profile international competitors (confidentiality assured) are feeling the benefits of Equipilates™. Join them and contact us today!
Lindsay also offers clinic days here at Equipilates™ HQ, where you can book a mechanical horse sessions on the lovely Martha! Martha sessions are just £45 for 45 minutes, which will mostly be spent on Martha but may include a couple of exercises to practise at home to help you improve your performance. Bring along your own saddle (or use Martha's if you prefer) and you can work on specific areas you'd like to improve (sitting trot, or flying changes for example) or general symmetry and balance.
Rider performance workshops
Ok, here's the nitty gritty. If you'd like a real boost to your riding, whether that be for performance or rehab, read on. If you're travelling to us from far flung places, read on. If you're wondering what on earth Equipilates™ is all about, this workshop gives you the opportunity to really delve into your needs as a rider- the time to unwind limiting patterns and really explore in detail the next steps in your journey to better equitation.
A rider performance workshop with Lindsay identify exactly where your body needs help to ride better. Through intrinsic biomechanical screening and gait assessment followed by prescriptive corrective exercise, Lindsay will help you to discover whole new dimensions to your riding capabilities.
Intrinsic biomechanics screenings and correlating exercises address any low grade muscle spasm, nerve and joint mobility issues which may be affecting your ability to use your core muscles, your shock absorption capacity and your symmetry in the saddle.
The pelvis is the first part of your body which receives movement forces directly from the horse, and therefore restrictions here directly influence your position in the saddle- it is really common to have a pelvis which is twisted, shifted or tilted to the side, perhaps tipped too far forwards or backwards on one or both sides and legs which appear to be not quite the same length!
These issues, which can develop into discomfort and adaptation patterns involving many other areas of your body, will be pinpointed in your screening and are so often helped quickly with simple and effective exercises.
Lindsay also utilises gait assessment and therapy blended with Equipilates™ exercises in our fully equipped studio, to be maximally effective in helping you to improve your riding. Whilst your pelvis is the first part of your body to be responsible for shock absorption when you are actually on the horse, when you aren't on your horse, your feet are responsible for that shock absorption in every step you take. When your foot strikes the ground, this sets into motion a chain reaction through every muscle and joint in your body, all the way up to your head! Did you know that a restriction in movement in your foot can affect your ability to rotate your spine, and even keep your shoulderblade in the right position for riding? The reverse can apply too; shoulder issues can affect the pelvis.... in fact, restrictions in certain areas anywhere along the chains of soft tissues and joints can manifest as other issues elsewhere in your body. Lindsay will map the joint motion and soft tissue function from your feet all the way up to your head during gait assessment and through hands-on and movement therapy will help you to develop not only an effective and elegant riding position, but a body that functions with free, easy, effortless movement in all areas of your life.
Your session incorporates targeted exercises which will be appropriately challenging (or not!) for your level of fitness. Your exercise plan and videos will be sent to you after your session to help you practise effectively.
You will integrate the new patterns and sensations in your body with a session on either your own horse or on Martha the mechanical horse. If you can bring your own saddle along, then you will be able to practise on a familiar 'base'. If you can't bring yours, Martha does have her own dressage saddle which you are welcome to use.
A one-to-one workshop includes
“I have only been doing Equipilates™ for the past few months and can’t recommend it highly enough. I have found such a difference in my riding, both jumping and in my flatwork, I feel so much straighter, balanced and stronger in my core muscles. I am a total convert and think anyone who is serious about their riding and cares for their horse should do it. After all if we are riding correctly then it surely will have an effect on our horses.”