Lately we’ve been receiving some great articles from Laurie Higgins over at Core Connexxions and figured it was time we all got to know her a little better! So we asked her a few questions (some more serious than others!), see below for her answers 🙂
How did you get started with all of this? (the various services offered at Core Connexxion)
- CranioSacral Therapy – I started out learning about massage and went to a massage school in southern California. I wanted to massage horses but quickly found out that my body is not physically suited to massaging horses and wouldn’t hold up over time. I found that I had some difficulty doing deep work on humans. One of the methodologies I tried in massage school was CranioSacral Therapy and thought that I could do that. CST is often described as “energywork with a physical base.” It’s very light touch balancing the body through using the rhythms of the cerebrospinal fluid.
- Energywork – I also took classes from one of my classmates in pure energywork. I had already been trained in and attuned to Reiki, a Japanese form of energywork and Ariel’s work furthered my study of energywork separate from Reiki. Ariel Hubbard founded the California Academy of the Healing Arts in Costa Mesa, CA.
- Animal communication – From this background I wanted to learn more about animal communication. I’ve had animals all my life and thought it would be great to be able to communicate with them.
- Pilates – I had danced for several years while growing up. But since I had danced on the west coast (I grew up in Seattle), I had not run across Pilates until many, many years later while I was in massage school. Pilates was huge on the east coast with the professional dance companies. Once I tried Pilates on a reformer apparatus, I was hooked. When I moved to Pennsylvania, I had a chance to take reformer classes for the exercise and then decided to become trained in it. I trained with STOTT PILATES ® and was certified in mat Pilates in 2004. A couple of years later, I found out about EQUESTRIAN PILATES ® and decided to become certified in that. What a joy! Combine all my loves into one thing – dance + riding+ Pilates! However, classical ballet and riding don’t really mix and I gave up dancing years ago to concentrate on riding.
Are you a rider yourself?
I am a rider myself. I’ve been riding since I was 12 years old. I started out riding hunt seat, but soon switched over to dressage. It appealed to my dance background, even though teachers of both disciplines were always wanting me to quit the other! Classical ballet and riding use different muscles in opposing ways, so it’s counterproductive to try to do both. My first horse was a western pleasure trail horse and I got her when I was 17. We had blast doing all those things that teen-aged girls do with their horses – ride hell for leather across country and long, slow trail rides. Then life intervened and I didn’t have a horse for about ten years. I bought an older mare well trained in dressage and tried to learn on my own since I didn’t have enough money for lessons. Along the way I got married, had kids, and moved across the country five times. I was without horses again for awhile and then a friend gave me one just before we moved east this last time. Unfortunately he crippled himself. I’d been taking lessons with local trainers and one found me the horse I have now – Atticus. He is a 7 y.o. Anglo-Hanoverian gelding about 16 hh. My trainer put a year in on him and I rode him during this training time, too. Then I brought him home three years ago.
How do you conduct your sessions? in person only or can you do pilates instruction via skype?
Pilates for Riders – Up ‘til now, I’ve only done my sessions in person. But I have played with looking at still photos of riders while riding and done quite well – if the photo is clear, with good light, and the right view of the rider. Ideally, I would need at least three and preferably four photos: one from directly ahead, one from each side, and one from directly behind. I need to see both legs in the front and rear views. I haven’t tried Skype with this yet, but I suppose if the other person has a video camera, I could do it – either unmounted or mounted. The mounted part, however, would probably be best done by video recording, but that would allow real-time corrections.
What’s your favorite part of what you do?
What’s my favorite part? I love teaching and sharing what I know with people so that they and their horses will be happier knowing that they don’t have to fight each other to have a nice, successful ride. Not all riding instructors look at body posture in as much detail as I do so they’re missing important pieces of what will improve the ride. But even if they do see the problems, they don’t always know how to correct it in a lasting way.
Who would win an arm wrestle? Big foot or Sylvester Stallone and why?
Big Foot, of course! I’m from the Pacific Northwest! No way would Sly Stallone win! 😀
Who is your favorite Muppet
Muppet – From the show, Ernie, I think. But overall – Yoda! 😀 Yoda is my kinda guy!
If you could meet one famous person (horsey or not), who would it be and why?
Famous person – If you’re talking about sitting down and having a conversation, I would pick the Dalai Lama. And I was so close, too. My in-laws used to travel to Nepal frequently and they ran a trekking company that specialized in trips to Nepal. They had many friends there. One trip that they arranged was with someone who was writing about the displayed Tibetans and taking lots of photos. They were able to meet with the Dalai Lama and they were even photographed with the Dalai Lama. They both passed away this last year. Why? Because I think he’s an amazing man – great sense of humor, deep spirituality, complete humility, true understanding of human nature. I think it would be an amazingly enlightening conversation.
Do you have a question for Laurie that we didn’t ask/answer here? Send it to us and we can add it to this post!
Want to check out Laurie’s site and her services? Click here for her website!