Coordination and Balance Practices

These practices come from "brain-gym", and "body games", and "social circus" traditions... some of them we all know like tapping your head and drawing circles on your belly.  Some are easier, like walking and chewing gum.  Have fun.  Let your mind work on the puzzle.  It can take some practice!  Some may be surprisingly easy, and others perplexingly hard.  Stay curious!
Draw Opposite Circles
  • Reach your arms out to the sides.
  • Start by drawing circles with one arm in one direction.
  • Then add the other arm - drawing circles in the opposite direction.
  • Keep the rhythm.
  • Play with symmetry and asymmetry.
Moving in Opposite Planes
  • Reach your arms out to the sides.
  • Move one hand back and forth, flat, parallel to the ground.
  • Move your other hand up and down, perpendicular to the ground.
  • Change sides.
  • What happens?
Stop for the Flat
  •  Start with both "hands up".
  • Then move both arms at the same time.
              - one moves between up and down, pausing at                          each station.
              - the other also moves between up and down, but                    has an additional station where the hand is flat.
  • Pause at each station.
  • Switch sides. 
Drawing a "6" and Twirling your Ankle
  • Start by lifting your heel
  • Circle your ankle in a clockwise direction
  • Once that pattern is set, draw a figure "6" with you finger.
  • Try different sides, different combinations.
The Unpredictable Bounce
  • Arrange an irregularly shaped object (in this case some juggling clubs) against the wall and throw a bouncy ball into it.
  • The ball will bounce back unpredictably
  • Your reflexes need to be twice as fast to catch it!
  • You can arrange your clubs on a table against the wall, keeping the game more upright.
Teeny Jumps
  • It can be surprising how we rarely, if ever - jump!
  • This playful practice simply starts to retrain this reflex.
  • And it can get a bit aerobic rather quickly.
  • It is stimulating and fun.
  • Tailor it to your liking.   Small jumps are fine.
Standing on a Ball
  • If you use a heavy ball, this is surprisingly not that hard.  I use a 15 lb "medicine ball" - see suggestions on toys
  • You can also put the ball against the leg of a desk to keep it from rolling, use the wall for your hands, use any props around to help.
  • Naturally, go easy, slow, feel.  This is not a heroic move.  Stay in balance.
  • This can feel really good on the feet too.
  • Be safe of course, stay in your limits.

Some Ideas on How to Unpattern a Limp​

  • At times, even though your injury has rehabilitated, a limp persists due to habituated movement patterns.

  • These practices can help unlock patterns through increasing conscious awareness, Left/Right re-patterning, using distraction to restore innate normal gait, as well as calibrating movement rhythms.

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