Suggestions on Toys:

Considerations:

  • Softness of toys on hands

  • Ease of cleaning

  • Storing and carrying

  • Juggling toys tend to be unbreakable, so think of them as a good investment

Thrift stores can net some things in the sports equipment sections.  Stationary bicycles can be worth it.

Things that you can juggle with, that you may have already:

  • ping pong paddles and ball

  • tennis balls - tho, they can bounce away 

  • knotted fabric

  • hula hoop

  • bats or sticks for balancing moves

Balls

Juggling Ball Set:  My favorite balls are made by Cheryl Sayers at her Sport Juggling Company at www.sportjugglingco.com  I like the 2.5 inch size balls.

Bouncy Balls: Grocery Stores or Hardware stores (in the kids or pets section) can have good balls. Bouncy balls are good for playing with at home - toss or kick the ball into the wall or a corner, and play with the rebound for agility and reflexes.

Small Squishy Ball:  to lay on for pressure, and for awareness.  The term "squishy" means it is soft, so that when you lie on it - your body can fully relax and open.  A slightly deflated ball works well too.

Weighted Heavy Balls:  These are a great alternative for dumbbell weights (2-4 lb).  They promote rounded movements.  They can be sat on for support and massaging areas, and you can roll them on your body that can help open constricted areas (heavier balls).

Stability ball: Large ones you can sit on.  Usually 55-65 cm fits a woman's frame.  Bike shops can blow them up for you.

Slinkys:  Slinky juggling really took hold in China originally, but Slinky Josh is your goto source here in the US.  www.slinkyjoshmagicsprings.com

Baoding Balls:  These are balls that originated in the city of Baoding, China during the Ming Dynasty.  They are used as a meditation aid, as well as for improving general health and hand health.  The well-made ones have smooth surfaces (sometimes steel with impurities can be rougher or pitted), and more resonant chimes.  They can also be made from various materials (stones, wood).  I like the larger ones (40-50mm) if I only had one pair.  But the smaller ones are nice too, and you can rotate several in your hands as you wish.

Foot Bags:  The ones that have a finer grain sand, and floppy leather, are easier to play with.

Chin-Up Bar:  get they type that you can just hook over the doorjam - no installation required. Use the bar as an overhead handle to reach for and stretch the upper chest and shoulders.

Stretchy Straps:  Many types have a section that can wedge into the door jam when you close the door. Then you can pull against the stretchy part.  It gives you a satisfying resistance to work with.

Yoga Mat:  They provide a grippy surface that you are less likely to slide on.  And they provide some cushion.  Athletic trainers can also offer some extra thick mats that are comfortable.  Use a thicker mat on harder surfaces.

Massage Table:  Having one of these in your space is wonderful.  It gives you a place to lie-down, sit, and play that is not on the floor.  Used tables are not hard to find.  If you can, find one that is not too heavy.

Ropes and straps:  Another way to anchor and pull from.

Weights:  use small weights, 2 lb, 3lb.  dumbbell, balls...  Don't strain.  You also can keep both arms/hands together on the weight for better stability, or use a heavy bar.

Foam Roller:  I prefer the softer ones.  I recommend it mostly for laying on, or sitting on it softly (rather than the intense pressure rolling).  Get one that is long enough so you can lay on it lengthwise from your sacrum to your skull.  The roller is great for balance and stability training.

Hoops:  Light hula-hoops are good for moving.  The ones with a ball bearing inside can help give an anchor for the momentum of the hoop.  Heavier ones work better for holding, carrying and spinning. 

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