Advanced Alternatives Therapy

I had a wonderful therapy session yesterday at a Tallahassee based business called Advanced Alternatives Massage Therapy. The owner has many therapists available that all specialize in different areas. Riding horses presents an interesting dilemma, it is great exercise except that you are not as mobile and fluid as you would be swimming or dancing. The body is fairly stationary, trying to stay still while you are on a bouncy, moving animal. This requires an amazing ability to balance, control the body, and stay symmetrical. Through many falls off a horse and difficulties when learning to ride I have developed many problem areas in my lower back and pelvis. Most of it involves the muscles and ligaments of the legs/pelvis/back. I have had a lot of experience going to different therapists including chiropractors, massage therapists, physical therapists, and osteopaths. Each one has taught me something unique and different about myself and ways to improve. Yesterday I had a new therapist work on me and come up with yet another new way to target my problem areas. I have a ligament/muscle attachment that causes me a lot of pain on the left side of my pelvis. It especially hurts to turn my left leg outwards, a much needed aspect to riding a horse!! As I constantly work to improve my seat I need to stay aware of my difficulties and forgive myself. I used to get so frustrated when I couldn't feel something but looking back I was in too much pain and restriction in the lower back to actually sit in the correct place. My body was braced against the pain, causing tension in my seat. I find a lot of my adult amateur students running into the same difficulties, blaming themselves for poor riding when they are really dealing with physical blocks and incorrect saddle fit. I encourage anyone to get regular therapy work. It can really help your riding!!