HOW HORSES HELP US:

Experiencing Body, Mind and Spirit with Horses

How can horses help humans?
I believe that horses can help us with whatever needs helping. They can illuminate issues or give us insights into the places that we are stuck - places of resistance or habits of body and mind that have become obstacles to our opening fully to our desires. Often that information is stored in the body. It can show up as pain or stiffness or a lack of feeling and joy. As my colleague and mentor Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen says, "There are no wrong postures, only positions we have forgotten how to come out of."

Horses mirror our physical and emotional expression and show us when we are "out of sync" - that is, when our inside feelings and outside behaviors are not in harmony. Unlike humans (or any predator), horses - as prey animals - are always congruent; their outward behavior matches their inner feeling. The non-judgmental presence of a horse can help us calm and ground ourselves physically and emotionally, and understand more clearly what we are communicating with our bodies and minds. Being seen and felt by a horse helps us to see ourselves more clearly, and develop a more conscious and compassionate inner awareness. This can dramatically shift your relationships at home and at work, and help you move toward what you desire.

Who can this work help?
  • Those who wish to feel greater confidence and pleasure in their personal and professional lives.
  • Those who want to experience a more profound sense of connection and communication with their horses.
  • Those seeking a more authentic, conscious and compassionate relationship with their bodies.
  • Individuals suffering from injury, physical or emotional trauma, or recovering from addiction.
  • Children and adults on the autism spectrum.

    About Paula:
    My background is that I am a choreographer and dancer and bring an artist's improvisational perspective to all of my work with horses. I believe that this offers others an opportunity to deepen relationship by including our innate, creative selves in the process of relationship and recovery. I am a Certified Laban Movement Analyst (CMA) and a registered Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist (RSME/T) accredited by ISMETA, the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association. I am a Guild certified Tellington TTEAM practitioner and a Somatic Experiencing® practitioner, trained in the trauma recovery work developed by Dr. Peter Levine. My writings on movement and dance have been published in Contact Quarterly and I write a blog called Ride Dance Write. My book, Our Horses, Ourselves: Discovering the Common Body was published by Trafalgar Square Books in September 2017.

    Listen to Paula discuss "The Common Body" on the Somatic Summit

    Private sessions, classes, clinics:
    I am available to teach private sessions, workshops and clinics that focus on helping humans and horses find a clearer body-mind connection with each other. I can come to your facility or I teach privately both in my movement studio in Kent, CT or at the barn with my horse partners Sanne, Amadeo and Capprichio in Rhinebeck, NY.

    Contact Paula to make an appointment for a private session or book a workshop.

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