The Greek Scientific Association of Therapeutic Riding and Hippotherapy (G.S.A.T.R.H.) is a rehabilitation team which operates in the field of therapeutic riding and hippotherapy.  It is based in the Varibobi Equestrian Club and the Equestrian Club of the Northern Suburbs .
It is one of the few scientific therapeutic riding (TR) teams in Europe consisting only of professionals pertaining to the  health sector (physiotherapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, speech therapists, etc.) and its philosophy embraces the horse as an invaluable rehabilitation mean. The therapeutic team of the  G.S.A.T.R.H.  is currently composed of  22 health professionals, who are all members of the Hellenic Association of Hippotherapists and Therapeutic Riding Instructors  (Hel.As.Hi.T.R.I.). The therapeutic sessions  of  the G.S.A.T.R.H. are conducted under the supervision and guidance of the group director  John Nikolaou, the Chief Nikolas Polyzos and the head of occupational therapy Nikolas Nikolaidis: all 3 practice TR & Hippotherapy on a purely scientific basis in recent years in Greece. The therapeutic sessions of the GSATRH take place daily and during weekends at the Varibobi Equestrian Club, at the Equestrian Club of the Northern Suburbs and at the premises of Riding School ``El Paso’’  in Vari area of Attica.

The G.S.A.T.R.H. applies the  Hi.KER approach for its therapeutic sessions and the individuals participating  are  children and adults with neurological and developmental disorders, a few of which are: Autism (ASD), Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome , Psychomotor Retardation,  Myopathy, Multiple Sclerosis, etc.
The sessions are conducted within a specially designed area (arena) with the aid of  specially trained horses for therapeutic riding.

Our philosophy:

The constant search for a more effective therapeutic intervention through the application of therapeutic riding, inevitably leads us to comprehend the necessity for the following:

a. The need of a  greater effort to understand, first of all the horse as a therapeutic tool and

b. The acquisition of thorough knowledge and practical understanding of all existing means and methods used to achieve treatment and rehabilitation.

We hope that with time more professionals will share our concerns and objectives, because our common goal is one: the advancement and the steady progress of the patient. This can be achieved only through continuous study and research, through the accumulation of daily experience, through a passion for our work and, last but not least, through love for our work and for our patients.

What is Therapeutic Riding? What is Hippotherapy?

Why the horse ?

Indications

A short historical perspective of Therapeutic Riding (TR)

The Hippo Kinesio-Educational Rehabilitation (Hi.KER) Approach

Training course in Therapeutic Riding and Hippotherapy

Therapeutic team

Book on the therapeutic riding and hippotherapy in the Greek language

News & Activities

G.S.A.T.R.H model summer camp for disabled children

Contact us

 

 

A few words about the founders:

Yannis Nikolaou, Physiotherapist, Director of  G.S.A.T.R.H.
John Nicholaou graduated from the Physiotherapy Department of ATEI of Athens and holds a Master's Degree in Special Education Needs from the UEL (University of East London). It has been also specialized in interventions Padovan (Neuro- functional reorganization), PECS system and  DIR-Floortime model.

Yannis Nikolaou is also:
• Certified riding  trainer (FEI)
•  Initiator of  Hi.K.E.R. Approach and Trainer of Therapeutic Riding  Instructors and hippotherapists  (Senior Instructor of TR & Hippotherapy)
• Certified National Classifier
• Founding member and director of the Greek Scientific Association of Theraprutic Riding and Hippotherapy (G.S.A.T.R.H.)
• Founding member and  Secretary  General of the Hellenic Association of  Hippotherapists and Therapeutic Riding Instructors  (Hel.As.Hi.T.R.I.).
• Founding member of Greek Community Behavior Analysis (G.C.B.A.)
• Co-owner of the Center for Special Therapies: '' The Tree of  Knowledge “
• Has participated in many research studies and has presented at conferences, workshops, seminars on the  subject of therapeutic riding and pediatric rehabilitation

Nikos Polyzos, Physiotherapist, Chief of G.S.A.T.R.H.

Nikos Polyzos graduated from the Physiotherapy department of  ATEI of Athens. He holds a Master's Degree in Special Education Needs from the UEL (University of East London) and has completed the Basic postgraduate education in Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT- Bobath).  It has been also specialized in interventions Sensory Integration, Constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT), TEACCH program and  DIR-Floortime model.

Nikos Polyzos is also:

  • Initiator of  Hi.K.E.R. Approach and Trainer of  Therapeutic Riding  Instructors and hippotherapists  (Senior Instructor of TR & Hippotherapy).
  • Founding member and Chief of the Greek Scientific Association of Theraprutic Riding and Hippotherapy (G.S.A.T.R.H.)
  • Founding member and President of the Hellenic Association of  Hippotherapists and Therapeutic Riding Instructors  (Hel.As.Hi.T.R.I.).
  • Founding member of Greek Community Behavior Analysis (G.C.B.A.)
  • Co-owner of the Center for Special Therapies:  '' The Tree of Knowledge”
  • He has participated in many research studies and has presented at conferences, workshops, seminars, on  the  subject of therapeutic riding and pediatric rehabilitation.

 

Nikos Nikolaidis, Occupational Therapist, Coordinator of  the Treatment Program & Head of  Occupational therapy.

Nikos Nicolaidis graduated from the occupational therapy department of  ATEI of Athens and has completed the basic postgraduate training in Sensory Integration (Sensory Integration therapist)
He is Initiator of  Hi.K.E.R. Approach & Trainer of  Therapeutic Riding  Instructors and hippotherapists  (Senior Instructor of TR & Hippotherapy) and heads the occupational therapy sector of  the GSATRH.
He is also a founding member and Vice President of Hellenic Association of  Hippotherapists and Therapeutic Riding Instructors  (Hel.As.Hi.T.R.I.).

He has participated in many studies and has presented at conferences, workshops, seminars, on the  subject of therapeutic riding and pediatric rehabilitation.