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Balance Training

Now we get down to it, no longer focused on the why and mechanics of physical Balance but how to actually achieve it.

Rather than focus on the body let’s dwell a moment on the function of the human mind. Why do this, you ask? The answer is deceivingly simple. The human brain does what you instruct it to, it in turn passes on your instructions to the human body and the two work together, in real time and real activity to establish a permanent connection, a specific skill-set based on Balance. The human mind only initiates the cooperation. This is an important concept to remember. If the Human mind continually reassigns purpose to the human brain, it (you in soul manifestation) become a third party continually disrupting a conversation between your brain and your body. Remember the threefold manifestation of your being; spirit, mind, and body. When you undertake any exercise for the purpose of attaining a physical result (in this case a Balance skill) first you set the goal, initiate the movement or exercise then simply back off and let your mind and body work it out. Everything starts in mind (spirit) but you (in spirit) can and do continually screw up your learning process by lingering around and micro-managing the process of learning. The solution to this is so simple that most people will disregard it.

You must distract yourself from what you are doing.

Pause a moment to consider this point. Grasp this simple fact, embrace it, and a huge doorway to other worlds will open to you. Some people can let go and live in the moment, reacting without thinking. These people fill the annuals and pages of sports history. That is not what I’m speaking of. I want to lead you the reader, via simple techniques, to the point where a Balance skill starts. Find that point, make it a part of your being and then see where it takes you. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

How to distract yourself after you have set physical exercises in motion. Some people can visualize themselves elsewhere. Others practice breathing methods to calm their mind. My favorite, and surely the easiest to initiate, is to listen to music. Turn on your iPod or MP3 player, pop in the earphones, and enjoy your favorite music while exercising. I’ve used this technique while kayaking, alpine skiing, snowboarding, and roller-blading. I’ve seen professional runners do this in triathlon competitions. While being active and listening to music something interesting happens; I notice continual improvement of my physical skill-sets. No, I don’t win races or set speed records but rather a feeling of confidence sets in and I start to go further, longer, harder, smoother, than the day before. Tiny but noticeable increments of improvement. And the improvements last.

Here’s an example; I was an alpine skier for twenty seasons starting in my first year in university. At the start of each season it took a few visits to the hill to get comfortable with the sport again. Indeed, ski magazines like to write about preparing for and easing into the start of ski season so as to avoid injury. And the skills on the hill were hard won with epic crashes, bailouts and sore muscles. Moguls were forever waiting to jump me should my attention wander.

Then I started snowboarding. My skills were carefully honed on a Balance board (more on this later) and while on the hill I listened to my favorite music via this new invention called a Sony Walkman. Something amazing happened. My new skill-sets grew in leaps and bounds. On day three I left the beginner hill, on day nineteen I was in the half-pipe, by season three I was in the mountains of British Columbia ripping runs that I would never have contemplated on skis. Today, it takes me one run on day one of a snow season to get back in the grove. It’s like a continuation of last season. I rip the hills, automatically adjusting and avoiding without thinking, roosting a tail of snow and getting more than a few dark looks from ski patrollers. When I stand atop a run I no longer wonder how I’m going to get down but rather which song would I like to listen to.

So now you know how to distract yourself.

The question now becomes, what do we tell our minds and bodies to do (in cooperation) to achieve Balance?

Let me present two paths to follow.
The first path is exercise based.
The second path is situation based.

At this point in time we are looking for the most simple and direct route to the start point of Balance. Men of degrees and science will have a scientific name for this but for our purposes it is a start-point.

Let’s take the second path and put ourselves into a situation, both unique yet controllable where we can search for this elusive point of Balance and realize it intuitively.

We need a Balance Tool.
There are a few out there, lets start with the Balance board. A simple board, slightly longer than the width of a human stance , placed atop a cylindrical roller. You place the board on the roller, stand atop the board and ever so gently shift your weight from one foot to another , rocking back and forth. Be advised to hold onto the wall while doing so while you start. That’s it!

Don’t think, FEEL the pressure on the soles of your feet. Can you do it with one hand touching the wall? Can you do it with eyes closed?

You’ll know when you’ve got it when you can remove hands from whatever you’re holding onto and your hands drop to your sides. If you wobble your body will compensate automatically without your thinking of it. That’s what you want. In time your hands will drop to your side as your body relays a message to you ,via your mind, that Balance and confidence are growing. You have allowed your brain and body to work together undisturbed and they thank you with a feeling of confidence. I’ve talked with Balance board users and they all comment that the sensation quickly goes from comfortable to fun. There’s something natural about learning this way.

I’m going to go out on a limb and state that confidence is the knowledge that you can do something you think about while not thinking about doing it.

A child will get results from a Balance board quickly. I, as an adult practiced on the balance board one half hour per day for one month before my body rewarded me with a feeling of confidence. I walked onto the ski hill, became a snowboarder and hung up my alpine skis.

For a very complete breakdown of Balance Board types and training applications refer to this link.

This site claims a huge list of possible applications for Balance board training. We here at BalanceScience look forward to visiting everyone and commenting upon them.

Do you want faster results? I would.
Practice on the Balance board while listening to music. And while watching a video of whatever sport or activity you would like to apply Balance to. Dream about the result you want. Feel yourself already there.
But don’t think. Leave your brain and body alone to work it out.

You want to distract yourself.
We’ve touched on the process whereby human beings learn a physical skill-set. The word skill-set is somehow lacking, it doesn’t grasp the magnitude of the change in a human being. Let us say that a person who grasps Balance so intuitively that it becomes a permanent part of their being has indeed undergone a personal evolution. They are literally no longer the same person and new worlds of experiential interaction have opened up to them that previously were unknown. A doctor would state that new neural pathways had formed in that person’s brain and their perception of reality had changed. Sounds like evolution to me. And it can happen quickly.

You, the reader, will not that my discourse drifts between the body, the mind, and the human spirit. Each of the three facets of the human being affects each other and sometimes , as we here at BalanceScience are discovering, we can affect a desirable change in one part of our composite being by reaching into another.

Does it seem overly simple? More to the point, does it have an intuitive feel of rightness about it? Are people really very simple but we just like to complicate matters for no other reason than we like to do so?

Sincerely Yours in Balance,
Ben Balancer
Editor-in-Chief
BalanceScience.com

2 Responses to Balance Training
  1. Frederick Standish
    March 28, 2016 | 2:32 am

    Everything said made a ton of sense. But, what about this?
    suppose you typed a catchier title? I ain’t saying your information is
    nnot solid., but what if you added something to possibly grab a person’s attention? I mean Balance Training | Balance Science is kinda vanilla.
    You should peek at Yahoo’s front page and note how they creaste news headlines to grab viewers interested.

    Yoou might tryy adding a video or a ppic or two to get people excited about everything’ve got to say.
    Justt my opinion, it would mawke your website a little livelier.

    • balancer
      May 17, 2017 | 1:58 pm

      Thanks for your tip. We’re looking at adding more content. Balance training is good. The reason we’re going with Balance Science is because there is a science behind all balance that we want to bring out and share for everyone to use in their own life.

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