What is the Franklin Method®?
Franklin Method® is a scientifically-proven mind-body method that blends anatomical education, embodied function, and Dynamic Neuro-cognitive Imagery™ (DNI). It’s the fastest and most effective proven approach to permanently retraining your body and mind for optimal function.
Backed up by scientific studies, Franklin Method® is the results-based gateway to learning how to move your body in alignment with your anatomy and function, no matter what type of exercise you’re doing. You can retrain your body to unlearn tightness and optimize movement so you naturally improve your strength and flexibility while avoiding pain, soreness, and injury.
What sets Franklin Method® apart is that it’s centered on the individual. It’s not a static system with strict rules. Your educator gives you a toolbox of anatomical, biomechanical, and physiological images and embodied movements, and then you expand upon it based on what resonates with your body.
How will Franklin Method® impact my teaching skills?
Learning the Franklin Method® will help you understand your anatomical function on a scientific yet intuitive level. You’ll learn how certain cues and movements could actually be going against the function of your body, and the function of your horse.
These improper cues, while well-meaning, can contribute to harmful movement patterns for both you and your horse. Learning the Franklin Method® will give you a strong foundation based on long-standing and new cutting-edge science. It will improve your cues and give you more confidence, because you’ll know your instructions are congruent with correct anatomical function.
What is the Trainer Certification Path?
The course for Franklin Method Equestrian® Trainer consists of 10 days of training.
Each trainer education has a specific area of the body as a theme. There are four different 10 day Trainer courses in total. The themes are:
- Lower Leg
During this course you’ll immerse yourself deeper into the Franklin Method®. You’ll get more tools for using DNI™ and you’ll practice these during the modules and your home studies. You’ll practice teach during the Franklin Method Equestrian® workshops and complete a case study. You’ll get more insights in anatomy and biomechanics related to the specific topic, not only the topographical anatomy (names of the body), but especially how it works in practice.
You’ll learn about bone rhythms, muscles and fascia and how to influence these through DNI™, balls and bands.
As a Franklin Method Equestrian® Trainer you can use the terms Franklin Method® and Dynamic Neurocognitive Imagery™ in your promotion. You’ll be able to use the balls and bands in your teachings; in the saddle and on the ground. You’ll also be able to teach 2 or 3 official Franklin Method® workshops related to your theme.
Each training gives the graduate a star, with a total of 4 stars currently available.
Franklin Method Equestrian 1* Trainer
Franklin Method Equestrian 2* Trainer
Franklin Method Equestrian 3* Trainer
Franklin Method Equestrian 4* Trainer
How does Franklin Method® benefit equestrians?
Franklin Method® provides equestrians with tools to move their bodies more efficiently and connect with their horses on a deeper level. It will help optimize your movements and mental focus so you can guide your horse with more ease and efficacy.
Franklin Method® helps your body absorb the impact of riding and recover more quickly so you can optimize your performance and are less likely to get injured. You’ll learn how to incorporate mental imagery so you’re more focused, confident, and calm in the saddle.
Who should learn Franklin Method®?
People who want to improve their riding performance, correct imbalances in themselves and their horses, and/or recover from an injury or chronic pain. Instead of leaving their recovery up to an expert who they might see once a week, they can guide themselves to recovery by learning and embodying their own design. Of course, always check in with your doctor in conjunction with Franklin Method®.
Franklin Method® will benefit equestrians who want to move more seamlessly with their horses. By embodying your own functional movement, your horse will quickly learn what it means to move efficiently.
What is Dynamic-Neurocognitive Imagery® (DNI)?
Founded by Eric Franklin, Dynamic-Neurocognitive Imagery® (DNI) is a science-based approach to positive anatomical imagery and tangible physical metamorphosis. It has a noticeable impact on how you feel and how you move.
For example, if we were working with the pelvis, you might imagine your pelvic halves to be counter-rotating like wheels, as the halves move in opposition.
New scientific studies on the effectivness of DNI are consistently being published. We are currently working on a study that specifically looks at DNI with equestrians.
What is The Franklin Method® License?
To become a Franklin Method Trainer or Educator, you first have to graduate from one of our teacher training courses.
As part of your graduation pack, you then receive a Franklin Method License – and this certifies you to teach the Franklin Method content you have learned.
Our licensing system is very straightforward:
- Graduate from a teacher training course and gain your license (valid until the end of the following year)
- Renew your license annually for $150 when the previous one expires
Important: We also request that our educators attend a Franklin Method teacher training course or continuing education workshop every two years to qualify for license renewal. This could be a 3-day, 10-day or 21-day course. This ensures that your teaching toolbox is always up to date.
Please note that the Franklin Method license only certifies you to teach the content and workshops that you learned in your teacher training course(s).
For more details & to browse FAQs specifically about The Franklin Method License, click here.