Susan has had a lifelong love of horses and began her interest in bodywork while an endurance rider. The need to keep horses and herself fit led her to study bodywork for both equines and humans, and that’s where her bodywork training began. The non-force bodywork modality Ortho-Bionomy, stemming from osteopathy, is deeply effective in engaging the body’s innate self-corrective response, leading to sustainable healing. Her career as a freelance writer/editor also figures in as Susan continues to describe and define her work through her blog “Body Language.”
Her bodywork with people includes helping them maintain their health and fitness, working with trauma, chronic and acute pain, repetitive stress, illness and other challenges that are brought on by work, daily life and sports injuries. Horse & Rider sessions are also available mounted or unmounted, for those who want to experience bodywork in the saddle or with a specific focus on comfort in riding. This can be especially useful after an injury, when a rider wants to get back in the saddle. Restrictions can be unraveled easily while seeing how the horse and rider communicate.
A former endurance rider with nearly 2,700 competition miles, Susan maintains a vital interest in basic horsemanship and horse care, both for competition and pleasure.
Susan has developed a series of equine bodywork courses called “Equine Body Balance” for those interested in learning how to do hands-on bodywork with horses. This work is informed by Equine Positional Release (EPR), founded by Zarna Carter, and Equine Ortho-Bionomy. This gentle, but effective, non-force approach uses elements of healing that are in concert with the body’s natural tendencies while at the same time, tunes into the central nervous system. Susan’s workshops and clinics are currently held in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she resides, as well as Florida, Oklahoma and Oregon.
Where body, heart and soul meet.
Associate Instructor & Advanced Practitioner, Ortho-Bionomy, Equine Ortho-Bionomy
Equine Positional Release Practitioner, Reflex Balancing Practitioner
Member: Independent Liberty Trainers Network (ILTN), Society of Ortho-Bionomy (SOBI), Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP)
© Photos in slideshow courtesy of Michael Hamilton, Natural Light Creations & Pia Christensen