Alissa Mayer

Alissa Mayer BS EHSE-C

Author, Instructor, Equine Hanna Somatics Educator, Horse Trainer & Creator of A Somatic Approach to Horsemanship™, Alissa is an internationally recognized clinician dedicated to unleashing the potential of horses and humans to become happy, athletic, connected and free in their bodies, minds, and spirits.

My Passion and Mission is unleashing the potential of horses and humans to become happy, athletic, connected and free in their bodies, minds, and spirits. I do this by educating the public and global horse industry about chronic tension & learned helplessness in horses and how to address them with A Somatic Approach to Horsemanship™. I teach via online courses, one-on-one coaching and membership programs for my students all over the world.

I believe equine professionals and horse owners alike must learn to recognize the symptoms of chronic tension and learned helplessness, and then learn how to return our beloved horses to wholeness and horseness, without sacrificing the sporting, fun and recreational activities that we love to do with them.

Once freed from the postures and mental states of learned helplessness, chronic tension, trauma and/or asymmetry, horses can find Self-Carriage, exercise Choice, regain their Dignity and achieve their Performance Potential - and so can we.

What I teach, and how I address Chronic Tension & Learned Helplessness:

  1. In ASATHorsemanship™ we respectfully invite Interspecies Dialogues to Awaken the Actualized Horse.
  2. With Equine Hanna Somatics®, we help horses let go of the physical patterns of chronic stress and tension, moving them toward homeostasis, health, happiness and optimal performance.
  3. Using Hanna Somatics for the Rider, we help the human become a more balanced and supple partner for the horse, unleash the inner athlete and resolve chronic pain, tension and crookedness.

Alissa Mayer

Alissa’s 2022 Presentations

The Secret to Straightness (horse mind-body-spirit arena)


Learn what makes horses crooked, why it's so hard to get a crooked horse to go straight, and why most trainers and practitioners are going about it all wrong! Also, get an introduction to an Equine Hanna Somatics® exercise you can DIY with any horse to immediately decrease tension and increase suppleness and relaxation in more than 30 muscles.

The Secret to Effortless Riding Posture (Focus on Ourself arena)


Learn what causes most riders to slouch or tip forward when they ride, why being told to 'open your chest' or to 'pull your shoulders back' doesn't really work, and how to use Hanna Somatics to finally ditch your 'bad riding habits' and take your riding position to a whole new level, fast!

The Secret to Pain-Free Riding (Focus on Ourself arena)


Riding doesn't hurt - tight muscles do! Learn how to unlock your stiff shoulders, free up your neck muscles and to finally feel like you can 'flow with the go' and easily follow the movement of your horse without pain or chronic tension getting in your way and keeping you from riding like you were meant to ride. The keys are within you.