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Juliette Marret

For Juliette Marret, there are interactions between the mind and the body, and to consider them in a same picture is necessary. Convinced that the mental training is as important as the physical one, she left her job in the agribusiness to lear in California from the foundersof the "Touch for Health" method. Today she helps the greatest riders facing important deadlines, but also advises amateurs to overcome their stress.

Dear Adeline,

When we experience pain, especially on a day of a competition, we wish for it to disappear, we try to obliterate it, usually with not much success.
If the pain is strong, it may have an impact on your posture and use of aids, and therefore compromise your performance and generate frustration. Your horse will definitely feel it !

So instead of trying to shut the pain out, give it a few minutes, try to get to KNOW your pain. How does it feel ? Is it deep ? Is it sharp ? Does it feel like it's burning ? Or more like an internal tension ? There may be an emotion related to this pain... ? How long have you had it for ? While you ask yourself these questions, hold the following points on your forehead. They're called ESR points (Emotional Stress Release). They are very powerful to relieve stress and/or pain.
http://www.touch-sport.fr/blog/video-antistress-lse/

I'm sorry the video is only available in French, but you'll get the general idea.

Of course, if this doesn't help, I suggest you go see a doctor and get medical treatment if necessary. A Touch for Health® private session is also a powerful way to relieve pain, especially after a fall or trauma.
More info : http://www.touch-sport.fr/en/

Juliette Marret

Hello Natalie,
before walking your courses, to help you focus, try massaging those points : http://www.touch-sport.fr/blog/video-points-de-switching/

After walking each course, take a few minutes away from noise and people, and gently hold the following points on your forehead while visualising the course : http://www.touch-sport.fr/blog/video-antistress-lse/

Hope this helps !

Juliette Marret

Dear Amy,

When we experience pain, especially on the day of a competition, we wish for it to disappear, we try to obliterate it, usually with not much success.
If the pain is strong, it may have an impact on your posture and use of aids, and therefore compromise your performance and generate frustration. Your horse will definitely feel it !

So instead of trying to shut the pain out, give it a few minutes, try to get to KNOW your pain. How does it feel ? Is it deep ? Is it sharp ? Does it feel like it's burning ? Or more like an internal tension ? You may even rate it on a scale from 0 to 10. There may be an emotion related to this pain... ? How long have you had it for ? While you ask yourself these questions, hold the following points on your forehead. They're called ESR points (Emotional Stress Release). They are very powerful to relieve stress and/or pain.
http://www.touch-sport.fr/blog/video-antistress-ls…

You may also use the following technique :http://www.touch-sport.fr/blog/video-souplesse-et-mobilite/
which will help you regain comfort and mobility.

I'm sorry the videos are only available in French, but you'll get the general idea.

Of course, if this doesn't help, I suggest you go see a doctor and get medical treatment if necessary ;)
Also, if it's possible for you, a private Touch for Health® session is a very powerful way to relieve pain, before or after a competition !
More info : http://www.touch-sport.fr/en/

Juliette Marret

Hello Mark,

If your mind is preoccupied, a good way to improve your concentration is to focus on your physical sensations. Massaging the following points, called "switching on" points, may help you with that :
http://www.touch-sport.fr/blog/video-points-de-switching/
The "tuning in" technique can also be helpful :
http://www.touch-sport.fr/blog/video-souplesse-et-mobilite/

If a particular matter or aspect disturbs your attention, instead of trying to obliterate it (which rarely works), take a small break and allow yourself to put your full attention to this aspect. If it is stressful, for instance a specific jump on the course, use the following technique (called ESR : Emotional Stress Release) while contemplating fully the disturbing item/jump/situation... Notice how you feel at the same time. It may take a few minutes to feel better about it. Then go back to what you were doing, you will probably find it easier to focus now.

If this isn't sufficient, a Touch for Health® private session is a very powerful way to regain calm and focus.
More info : http://www.touch-sport.fr/en/

Juliette Marret

Hello Lauren,

during a fall, especially a serious one, two things happen :

- on an emotional level, the stress / fear gets mixed up with the situation, and any time you will find yourself in similar circumstances (same horse / place / exercise / or even weather !!), you mind will trigger the same emotion again. Even if there is no danger this time. It's a protection mechanism, designed for survival ! It usually works, because the discomfort you now feel will keep you away from taking risks again. It can even keep you away from horses altogether for a while, whether you like it or not...
In Touch for Health, there is a set of very powerful techniques to relieve stress. There is one that you can try on your own, called ESR (Emotional Stress Release) : http://www.touch-sport.fr/blog/video-antistress-lse/
Gently hold the points shown in the video, while picturing yourself riding again, or doing what has now become challenging for you. It may take a few minutes. Notice how you feel at the same time. If this isn't enough, a TFH private session may be very helpful.

-on a physical level, the muscles which were active during the fall will "absorb" the shock. They will then act as "heroes" in their area, remaining tense, as if they were getting ready for the next shock. In Touch for Health we call them "reactors". They're usually painful, and remain so sometimes years after the trauma. Their synergistic muscles may slowly become inhibited. We call those "reactive" muscles. The posture is altered following these chain reactions.
In TFH, we use a specific technique to identify and relax the reactor muscles, letting the reactive (inhibited) muscles go back to function. The person usually regains mobility, their posture instantly adjusts, and the pain often disappears !

More info : http://www.touch-sport.fr/en/

Juliette Marret

Hello David,

As riders, just like in any other sport, we sometimes find our limits in our own belief system. It can be difficult for a rider to contemplate himself, or his horse, competing in a certain category. Beyond your actual level and technique, which is between you and your coach, Touch for Health® can help you overcome emotional and physical limits, allowing you to consider new possibilities.

If you want to try on your own, the following technique is called ESR (Emotional Stress Release).
http://www.touch-sport.fr/blog/video-antistress-lse/
Gently hold the points on your forehead as shown in the video, while picturing yourself going over those performance limits you mention (new height / category ?...). Hold them for a few minutes and notice how you feel.

A Touch for Health® session will help you contemplate new "territories" with more calm and focus. Considering physical limits, for instance pain or discomfort, especially due to a fall, TFH is a very powerful technique to deal with pain and regain mobility.

More info : http://www.touch-sport.fr/en/

Juliette Marret

Hello Equestrian Life :)

If your mind gets caught in a circle of anxiety or negative thoughts in the arena, one thing you can try is to put more focus on your physical sensations. One way to do this is to take a break and massage what we call the "switching" points : http://www.touch-sport.fr/blog/video-points-de-swi…
You may remain on your horse while doing so.

If a particular aspect or challenge generates anxiety, I suggest you use the following technique, gently touching what we call ESR points (Emotional Stress Release) : http://www.touch-sport.fr/blog/video-antistress-ls…
while you consider this aspect. This may take a few minutes.
I'm sorry the videos are not available in English, but you'll get the general idea.

If this isn't helpful enough to relieve your anxiety, and if it's possible for you, a private session with a TFH practitioner is a very powerful way to overcome stress !
More info : http://www.touch-sport.fr/en/

Juliette Marret

Hello Tessy !

A Touch for Health® balance can help an amateur rider substantially lower his stress level on a day of a competition. It can also help with the apprehension of competing in a higher category, or get out of a difficult situation or blockage. It is especially beneficial after a fall, to regain posture and focus.
More info : http://www.touch-sport.fr/en/

Juliette Marret

Hello Melinda !

A Touch for Health® session follows the same pattern, whether the rider is a novice or a world champion ;) I never question the technique, this part belongs to the rider's coach(es). My job is to help the rider reach his potential, and not let pain, discomfort, or especially stress come in the way.

To know more about what goes on in a session, please go to : http://www.touch-sport.fr/en/touch-for-health/

Juliette Marret

Hello Rebecca,
From what I know of the horseriding community (at least in France), the rider's physical health is considered on one side (physical therapy, osteopathy), and his mental preparation is considered separately, when it is considered at all. More and more scientific studies show that there are strong interactions between body and mind, and to get the best results you will want to consider both in the same frame.
Few systems allow this "holistic" approach of a person. The meridian system is one of them. It has been successfully used by traditional chinese medicine for several thousands of years. Touch for Health® finds its roots in this system, but with a different access : muscle testing. More info here : http://www.touch-sport.fr/en/touch-for-health/

The use of muscle testing is beneficial on several aspects : ease of use (TFH is available to everyone, with or without a scientific or medical background), and a very convenient technique to work on your posture and use of aids ! One aspect among several others that make Touch for Health® a very powerful and accessible system of mental AND physical preparation for riders or coaches.

I went to California in 2014 to be trained as an instructor with Matthew Thie, president of Touch for Health Education (http://www.touch4health.com/). So if you want to take TFH classes, you're very welcome to join one of my workshops ! More info here : http://www.kinesiologie-nantes.fr/formations/
If language or travel is an issue, and if some your fellow riders are interested, I can also travel to your area ;)


Juliette Marret