Mary Debono was one of the speakers at the First Annual Southern California Holistic Horse Workshop held at the beautiful Valenti Estate in Rancho Santa Fe, CA onSeptember 8, 2012. Mary presented her unique approach to improving the balance, coordination and confidence of both horse and rider.
Debono began her presentation by letting the audience experience how they could easily and comfortably release their tight hamstrings. She led the participants through a Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement® lesson that helped enhance awareness of the spine and ribcage through easy, non-habitual movements. Even though there was no stretching or straining involved, the audience soon began touching their toes! It was a revelation to many that their hamstrings could lengthen simply by improving the coordination of their spine and ribcage.
Mary Debono explained how the same gentle approach can be used to help improve horses’ flexibility, confidence and athletic performance. She uses hands-on Debono Moves movements to bring awareness to the horse’s entire body, resulting in easier, more coordinated equine movement. Debono explained how even a few minutes of hands-on work done while tacking up your horse can yield a happier, better-moving horse under saddle.
The Holistic Horse Workshop benefited Falcon Ridge Equine Rescue. Other presenters included Amy Tompkins, Reiki Master and Feldenkrais Method Practitioner; Dawn Fletcher, veterinary chiropractor; Laurie Baker, equine craniosacral; Brigitte Noel, animal communication; Sabrina Kohoutek, equine massage, Colleen Wilson, equine nutrition; and Lisa Grim, D.V.M., veterinary acupuncture.
Mary Debono is the creator of the Debono Moves for animals and a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner(cm). With a private practice based in Encinitas, California, Mary also teaches horse and rider workshops internationally.
Mary presenting at Holistic Horse Workshop in September 2012. In the background are some of the skeletal specimens she uses as teaching aids. Photo courtesy of Donna Delikat. www.DxDPhotography.com.