I'm a Hanna Somatic Educator, a horse trainer and connection-building specialist, function-obsessed posture coach, science-loving self-care activist, passionate soil-builder, book-lover, martini-maker, limit-pusher and a cheese-loving-plant-based mama.

I teach equestrians, athletes, moms and grandmothers how to access their natural reflex of Pandiculation to re-train habits, ditch pain, improve posture and develop true FEEL with horses…

And I train riders, owners, equine professionals and bodyworkers how to use Equine Hanna Somatics® (EHS) to help horses get out of pain and unwind their crookedness and tension from within their own nervous systems - using proven science!
Alissa with a Dressage Horse
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You might have seen or heard me on:

🔊 Geeking Out...

Join me for a fun convo on the neuro-physiology of working with horses + riders somatically, on The Whole Horse Podcast (Episode 62)

Not Your Average Blog.


This is the vanguard, the forefront, the sharp edge of the wedge... where I share my overflowing mind-vault with you. Warning, I'm a total science nerd and research nut, and I'm driven to share what I learn! Tips and training strategies, embodiment practices, DIY health hacks, horses I'm working with and what they are teaching me, secrets to finding deeper connection with other beings, and behind-the-scenes glimpses into my fun and funky life with a matched pair of toddlers. Oh, and ponies!
Alissa Mayer riding in the desert

The somatics sessions with Alissa were TRULY AMAZING!

After working with her personally for human awareness, I now see how important both the horse AND human sides are!

Do it ALL! You won’t regret it!

Inspirational Horse - TN, USA

My FAVORITE Things & Resources

So many things out there... but here's the stuff I actually use and love daily!

What does a horse trainer/mom/dancer and mind-body nerd come to love? Here is where you find out! I've been a lot of places, and seen a lot of things... and here are a few that are tried and true! This is the stuff we'd talk about over a coffee or cocktail after a back country trail ride or a relaxing Somatics sesh, from barn goods to books to baby cute-ness!
Alissa Mayer riding in the desert

I believe Hanna Somatics is the ‘missing link’ to horses and riders living their dreams...

Dreams of being pain-free, in love and harmony with their partners, and fully able to be their best, healthiest and most expressive selves, with ease.

I want to share these secrets with you - I want you to know that you don't have to just accept tension, soreness, fatigue and other symptoms of "aging." I want to tell you that you have everything you need to be powerful and effective, pain-free and relaxed. The keys are inside you - you can unwind the tension that is holding you back so you can start living your best life, and riding your BEST RIDE, today! I'm here to help you, it's my calling and my passion, and you know what? It's easier than you think!
Alissa Mayer on Kaua'i, Hawaii with her horse Doc A'Nalu