Testimonials

WHAT MY CLIENTS HAVE TO SAY…

“The most effective time I have spent with a horse… this so unlocked muscles in (my horse’s) shoulder girth that he started to salivate while being ridden – something he has never done!”

As our summer rushes on, everyone on our farm took 3 days to work with their horses and themselves on Hanna Somatics. Guided by Alissa Mayer from Oregon, this was the most effective time I have spent with a horse. Stimulated to pursue the topic by an article I read last fall in Dressage Today, I strongly recommend looking up Hanna Somatics and then finding a practitioner to teach/coach you through the process. The idea is to retrain the brain/neural pathways through some very basic and easy to follow limb movements.

Remarkably, this so unlocked muscles in Frohdo’s shoulder girth that he started to salivate while being ridden – something he has never done, I must admit. He also accessed and unlocked areas in his back that dressage work just is not able to reach. Dressage is such a crazy medley of mental, physical and emotional effort- and I feel this work combines all 3 into a hugely beneficial process for your horse.

  • Sarah Martin, Sarah Martin Dressage – USDF Gold Medal, Certified Instructor through 4th Level and USDF Instructor/Trainer Faculty, CO/FL

“The sessions with Alissa were truly amazing! Simple subtle movements and the horses transformed…”

I’ve been around horses for over 30 yrs and had my share of different body work/awareness done with my horses. The sessions with Alissa were truly amazing! Simple subtle movements and the horses transformed. The before and after shots of their posture really impressed me. Longer necks, softer muscle tone and overall relaxation. Following up with the DVD was essential! Such easy to follow instructions and I found the same results. I do not have any education in body-work per-say either!
The other extremely important side is US!

After working with Alissa personally for human awareness I now see how important the horse and human side is! Do it ALL! You won’t regret it!

  • Aimee Brimhall McCord – Inspirational Horse – International Clinician/Instructor, TN

“Dramatic results…”

I love EHS because I’ve been able to get dramatic results with horses and humans using EHS. What a miracle to have a simple, drug-free method to relieve aches and pains and improve quality of life.

  • Christi Rains  Parelli Natural Horsemanship, Licensed 4-Star Star Senior Instructor, TX

“I found this method to be surprisingly effective and long lasting… Hanna Somatics(HS) is very subtle and very gentle so, whether you are an injured or aging human or horse, the movements can have remarkable results.”

I am a retired university professor. At 71 years of age and because I am also an athlete who has a regular training regimen and who continues to push myself physically, I have tried many things to offset muscle strain, aches and pains, and to maintain flexibility and strength, particularly as I age. In recent months have personally experienced many Hanna Somatic sessions and, after years of traditional chiropractic and various massage and yoga techniques, I found this method to be surprisingly effective and long lasting.

I came to HS after Alissa initially worked with my thoroughbred gelding over two years ago. He had a lame front leg that did not respond to any medication or exercise regimens and his previous owner was about to euthanize him because she was told he would not be able to be ridden. After the first HS session, his body changed visibly and his lameness was significantly diminished. He all but fell asleep during the session and clearly loved the releases he was getting. He and I have had many happy trail and beach rides over the ensuing years and the HS sessions appear to keep his path to complete soundness on a regular positive trajectory.

HS is very subtle and very gentle so, whether you are an injured or aging human or horse, the movements can have remarkable results. As a scholar and researcher, I was an initial skeptic, but now do my HS exercises faithfully every morning or evening and my horse gets his treatments regularly as well. Old or young, physically sound or not, this practice is painless and remarkably effective.

  • Susan MoltonRetired university professor, horse owner, CA

“I have been able to go without pain meds… the exercises you gave me
look so simple and easy, but they really work!”

Hi Alissa, I hope you enjoyed your weekend!  Thank you so much for showing me how to release my very painful psoas and hip, the exercises you gave me look so simple and easy, but they really work!  My hip felt a LOT better after you helped me, and I have been able to go without pain meds for 2 days now, after 10 days of 1600mg of Ibuprofen a day to just be able to function. I felt really sick on Sunday but I think this is my body finally releasing all the toxins and pain I have been storing for weeks.  I am much better this morning!

I must say I was a bit skeptical of your approach when we first met in Colorado, but now I am a believer.  Hopefully our paths will cross again soon, good luck in your travels and stay safe!

  • Geneviève Benoit – Licensed Parelli 3 Star Instructor, Certified Competition Coach, Equine Canada & OEF, Official Coach: International Society of Rider Biomechanics

“This system has helped (my 27-year old horse) regain his muscle memory & strength, which helps him with his range of motion…”

I have a 27-year-old gelding who I use this program with and it makes a huge difference in his overall health and movement. He had a serious hip injury a couple of years ago & we tried everything. This system has helped him regain his muscle memory & strength, which helps him with his range of motion. During the sessions he relaxes & offers his limbs willingly so I know he likes the way it feels. He has made such progress because of this wonderful & simple system! Now I need to work on myself! Thank you for helping me, and my horses!

  • Maria M. – Horse owner, NM

“One of the most amazing lessons ever! So connected and thrilling…”

Dear Alissa –

I feel particularly lucky to be at the ranch where I feel so aligned with the teachings and relationships. Yea Us!! By the way, that was one of the most amazing lessons ever! The more I learn the more I realize I am at the beginning! 

I honestly had moments with Espie that were so connected and thrilling, feeling her stretch out at that beautiful trot, that it was like a spiritual experience! – xo

  • Cenize R. – Massage Therapist/Bodyworker, Mustang rider, CA

“Can not believe the amazing results of Equine Hanna Somatics!!!”

Can not believe the amazing results of the Equine Hanna Somatics!!! Training dressage horses professionally makes me very aware of any change in the horse. It will make you look into Hanna Somatics for people so you can improve as well as your horse!

  • Anne – Professional Dressage Trainer/Rider

“…Simply revolutionary…I find I can do this often, even when it’s not obvious,
like while sitting at a dinner table or in a car, or standing in line…”
Hi Alissa!
I had such a blast working with you last week!!! We just returned from out of town last night so I haven’t had a chance to work with Savannah, but I have thoroughly enjoyed working on it myself.
Two things stand out to me:
1) The concept of gently contracting the muscle and then smoothly releasing it back to resting with weight, verses stretching the muscle. That’s simply revolutionary to me!
2) The movements are not strenuous, but gentle!
I find I can do this often, even when it’s not obvious, like while sitting at a dinner table or in a car, or standing in line…
Anyhow, I am really loving playing with it and am thrilled to hear you may be returning as I would relish the opportunity to work with you again! 
  • Sally Patton – Horse owner, Ocala, FL