Vital and fundamental to life, your balance lies at the center of your ability to move safely and independently. Optimal stability is usually associated with the ability to stand on one leg for a certain length of time or the involuntary and instantaneous ability to maintain a stable posture when challenged. The brain uses signals from our eyes, ears, ligaments, muscles, and spine to choreograph a set of balance reflexes to control our muscles right down to our toes. Postural Reflexes are a specific form of unconscious coordinated muscle activity and are our first line of defense against an unexpected destabilizing misstep, turn, push, or trip.
But what if there is a glitch in the automatic signal-response loop and the balance reflexes fail? As a result, we fall. If we’re lucky, we might avoid fall-related injuries. Research indicates that most people are not so fortunate and sustain a sprain, fracture, or head trauma. And most will go on to fall again in the next six months.
Integral Human Gait™: Restoring Postural Reflexes and Balance uses the sensory learning platforms of the Feldenkrais Method® and Bones for Life® to help the professional, and the layperson discover the cause-and-effect relationship between poor, diminished, or absent patterns of movement and reflex activation.
Online Learning Themes:
Balance Basics: understand how to influence the Nervous System vs. trying to control the nervous system.
Your Nervous System creates a Personal ‘Arc of Safety’ that limits how and where you will move.
Heal the dysfunctional triad that exists between the ankle—hip — torso.
Experience the partnership of rolling and turning.