From Cityscape to Standing Balance – Using Your Surroundings to Understand Movement

Today’s cue is a shout out to my current hometown of Hong Kong.  I have never seen so many buildings built, nor cranes in use, as I have since moving here.  It seems there is always a new building to be built and crane to be employed.  Have you ever stopped to think about the mechanics of the cranes?  The long, straight steel structure moves up and down without breaking its form.  I visualize a crane every time I perform Standing Balance II – it’s a go-to image in my mind – so I thought it might speak to somebody else as well.

Imagine as you are standing tall and preparing to hinge at the waste and reach one leg out behind you, that you are that straight, strong, steel crane in its upright position.  You hinge forward at the hips as your back leg simultaneously swings backward to create the counter weight for your balance.  As you swing your arms overhead and parallel to the floor, picture them as the great arms of the crane reaching out further and further into space.  Hold here before initiating the return movement.  Continue to think of your body as that strong, straight, steel structure.  There is no flexibility or movement anywhere other than the designated hinge initiated by the descent back foot.  This visual should help clients avoid “breaking” in the body as they come back to the standing position.  It will also help clients understand the mechanics of balance that are at play.

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