Pilates for Riders
PILATES FOR RIDERS
Strengthen good habits & explore ways to banish the bad ones- your horse will thank you.
Suzanne has created exercises based on both her riding and pilates instruction. The oov challenges balance & coordination- the closest thing to having an actual horse in the studio! The straps & springs of the reformer and tower recreate stirrup & rein connection. Explore your position- think differently about how you sit and balance in the saddle.
Wednesdays at 6:15pm with Suzanne Mente
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Suzanne's direct approach to teaching and keen observation skills moves her clients towards their goals fast. She is particularly interested in hip mobility and in helping horse riders improve their balance, strength and flexibility in order to better connect with their horses.
Suzanne- Thank you for your knowledge and laughter each week. I look forward to coming to see what you have dreamt up and funny stories that you tell us to laugh through the challenging Pilates moments. I always get upset when I can't make it to the 10am Saturday.
I have been taking reformer (small group) with a number of wonderful instructors for a number of years. I started with Katrina and Jenny, and now work mainly with Suzanne. I love the fact that there’s nothing routine about what we do during these sessions. The exercises are tailored to your particular issues, and if you suddenly injure yourself while gardening, or playing a sport or instrument, you are given new exercises on the spot that target the problem and help you heal. It is like doing physical therapy and resistance training rolled into one. Actually, I much prefer going to the Pilates Studio than to a regular PT, because instructors at the studio know me well and can gage what I can already do, and what needs improvement. The other very important aspect is the easy-going, friendly, and supportive atmosphere : instructors are highly trained and very professional, but they have a real rapport with clients. People don’t go to the studio to show off. They go there to learn how to overcome physical limitations, seek release from pain, feel stronger and more energetic, regardless of age and ability. In the bargain, we often share stories, jokes, get a good laugh (mainly about ourselves). What’s not to love about this studio?
Suzanne manages to consistently give us a well-balanced class in a creative natural way which always changes things up to challenge us with something new. Not only does she do this with a light touch and a wonderful sense of humor, so that everyone feels comfortable, but she manages to “correct our mistakes” without making us feel singled out. She truly seems to be having a good time and so do we, her loyal students.