Monday, December 20, 2010 9:12 PM
12 Days/12 Ways 2010 - Centro de Equinoterapia de Playa de Carmen A.C.
"On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me...."
This beloved traditional holiday song is the inspiration for a
seasonal blog series, "12 Days/12 Ways", an effort to draw attention
to 12 worthy not for profit groups in Playa del Carmen and along the Riviera
Maya and address their particular needs during this holiday season.
For each of the 12 days of Christmas, the BuyPlaya Blog,
better known as "Life's a Beach" will spotlight a charitable
organization. Many of these may already be familiar to locals and frequent
travelers to this area. Others, perhaps those most in need of recognition and
support, may be new to our readers. It is my plan to do this every year, with
updated information and wish lists.
The "12 Day/12 Ways" list has been completed for 2010. The
organizations are listed in no particular order. If you have a favorite charity
that you feel belongs on this list, collect all of the information you can and
I will be happy to consider your group for inclusion next year.
The Equine Therapy Center in Playa del Carmen AC was created in March 2008 to address the concerns of local parents
disabilities. Supported by the owners of the Equestrian
of Playa del
Carmen and Puerto Aventuras, this
therapy program was launched to provide alternative therapies to people with disabilities
living on the Riviera Maya. The Equine Therapy
Center of Playa del Carmen works with children and adults
with many different types of
autism, motor coordination
impairment, down syndrome and hydrocephalus.
What is Equine Therapy?
equine therapy is a uniquely comprehensive physical and psychological activity
that is used therapeutically as an alternative rehabilitation treatment for
patients with different types of disabilities. The horse is the therapeutic
tool, acting as a stimulus for the patient. The horse's movement, allows the
individual, while mounted, to receive a physical stimulus throughout the body,
starting from the rhythmic impulse transmission to the pelvic girdle and moving
through to the spinal cord neurons. The horse's body temperature, which is
higher than the human body (38 ° C), acts as a natural heat tool helping the
patient to relax their muscles, while sensory stimuli help regulate the
circulatory system. The horse's gait closely approximates that of a human.
Therapeutic riding gently and rhythmically moves the rider's body in a manner
that improves muscle strength, balance, and flexibility. For individuals facing
emotional or mental challenges, the discipline, companionship, and routine of
the partnership between horse and rider help promote self-esteem, patience, and
confidence. Universally riders, with or without special challenges or
disabilities, find that horseback riding enhances their sense of independence.
address the unique therapeutic goals of each individual by having patients ride
in different positions: sitting or lying forwards, backwards or sideways,
standing in the stirrups and/or riding without holding on. Therapists may ask
patients to stretch, reach or play simple games while mounted in order to
improve concentration and coordination. Very small children or patients of any
age with very severe physical limitations may ride with the therapist.
The center currently provides services in Equine and Aquatherapy. Future plans include integration
of speech, occupational and physical therapies. The goal of
the organizers is to provide access to these remarkable
therapies to all segments of our community, to all the families who might
benefit regardless of their personal economic conditions.
How can you help?
Donate: Your donation will support life-changing therapeutic programs for low-income families
who would not be
able to afford these or similar rehabilitation programs. Donations ensure that
The Equine Therapy Center of Playa del Carmen will be able to continue
If you would like to make a donation, please contact Maria Jose through
the Equine Therapy Center has sufficient trainers, therapists and equine
assistants to administer these wonderful therapies and wonderful calm horses
with whom they work. Desperately needed are volunteers to organize fundraisers,
write grant proposals and help with administrative tasks. They are currently
looking for someone to work on the website and take charge of promotional
efforts to solicit more support.
Maria Jose on Facebook