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Balance Boards and Balls! I made reference to balance boards last week and I wanted to follow up. According to my family - I THREW OUT our balance boards. WHAT WAS I THINKING? Here I am ready to make y'all a video on how to use them. OK - so here goes a text version. Using a balance board or sitting on an exercise ball do similar things. Your body naturally aligns when you're putting it into a situation where you have to balance. Balancing is all about being relaxed and letting your body make the mini micro adjustments naturally. It's not about holding yourself or muscle-ing your way through a posture. Enter - violin playing. Folks get so mentally engaged in the act of playing the violin it's easy to forget you've got an entire body down below your neck and arms! If you practice standing on a balance board or sitting on an exercise ball (safer) you can remain mentally engaged in the act of violin playing while the rest of your body goes to instinctual relaxed balancing mode. Here's my recommendation: Using an exercise ball (approx. 36" diameter) put your feet at a 10 o'clock and 2 o'clock position and sit on the ball. Keep your feet flat the entire time for stability. Practice sitting on the ball, then stand up, then back to the ball and up again. Notice how it feels and make your comparisons. Most of all.... HAVE A BALL!!!

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Posted: November 10, 2010
Last Comment: January 12, 2011

Beth Blackerby
Posted: January 12, 2011
I love this idea! Who knows what wonderful things it's doing for the brain as well!