After being asked many times to put together an organized program based on the work I do with each of my students, I have finally come to the table with Spokane Dressage llc’s Equimance. This is a program who’s aim is to enhance the rider’s performance body in preparation for the upper levels of riding.
The first program of Equimance is Sassy F.L.A.B. In a nutshell it is an organized bodywork program of over 45 poses that work to stabilize the rider’s body for the advanced levels of riding. This doesn’t mean you have to be advanced to do them, it means they will help you on your journey to becoming a rider working toward the advanced levels of your chosen discipline. We are hoping to have Sassy F.L.A.B. available to the public within the month.
Surprising name at first… who wants to associate themselves with flab!?!?! Knowing my students and myself, I knew a certain crowd could handle it. Check out the blog Dressage Snob to get a feel for our type of sense of humor. Laughing at our foibles is much more fun than stewing over them, or worse, being self-conscience about them!
So, I decided to take a tongue and cheek approach to my rider bodywork program. It has little to do with actual flab and much more to do with specific parts of the body that I recommend riders evaluate and work to develop.
This is a bodywork program for riders. The program helps the rider identify 4 major areas of the body that effect the ride the most and then gives them a short program (under 15 minutes) to do just before they get on that works to stabilize those 4 areas.
My hope is to give riders tools outside of their lessons to do on their own time as a way of enhancing their work at home. Stay tuned for the Sassy F.L.A.B. publishing date (very soon!!!) and please sign up for samples of poses taken from the Sassy F.L.A.B. book.