Supplemental Course: Correcting Balance Issues
This course focuses on correcting both external and internal balance issues with BodyTalk and corrective exercises
Balance, both physical and mental, is a concept that we take for granted when we have it. Our ability to take a step without tipping over or to pick up a dropped utensil without tumbling down are actions that many of us never give a second thought to. Our ability to not become disoriented in our thoughts or “tumble over” our own words is something else we never think about until it happens.
While balance issues are often considered symptoms of the elderly, they can occur at any age. Balance is a highly sophisticated system that relies on constant, harmonious interaction between the eyes, inner ear, joints, muscles, and the body’s sense of where it is in space. The cerebellum helps to oversee this system, as well as our coordination, posture, and fine muscle control.
Balance issues can be the result of excessive stress, trauma or chemical damage. A blow to the head or concussion can lead to immediate balance problems or problems may not show up until years down the road. During the aging process, arteries in the brain often start to deteriorate, which can also cause balance issues. A common situation is where an elderly person goes to bend over and the body wants to keep going. This is an unfortunate situation since older skin and muscles are much more easily scraped and bruised and older bones are more prone to fractures and breaks.
When people have mental deterioration, the internal balance of the brain becomes compromised. Synchronization between the left and right hemispheres or other parts of the brain starts to break down. In very young children who are having trouble walking or are very delayed in their walking, proper development of the brain parts involved in coordination and balance has often been disrupted.
When internal balance is lacking or lost, balanced speech and thinking processes can be disrupted as much as physical balance. The brain goes through much of the same disruption as if you’ve had a concussion. Whether the imbalance presents physically or mentally, it comes down to poor brain communication. Such communication breakdowns are common when we are under the influence of alcohol. When too much alcohol has been consumed, the most obvious symptoms are loss of physical balance and slurred, imbalanced speech. In people who drink frequently, both speech and balance problems can start to manifest when the person is sober because they’ve started to lose balance within the brain.
Fortunately, a lot can be done to correct balance issues—both with basic exercises and with BodyTalk. When exercises and BodyTalk are combined, the results can be very fast, no matter what the age. This course will look at corrective exercises for balance issues as well as important considerations and BodyTalk applications. We will also look at issues that can be easily mistaken for balance problems. The methods presented in this course will not only improve external balance, but they will greatly support and enhance the internal mechanisms of overall brain balance—a preventative approach to general brain health and homeostasis.
This course counts for 2 hours of continuing education for Certified BodyTalk Practitioners' requirements.