Therapeutics

The Basic Base Anchors are the foundation of The Basic Balance Movement Series. The figures illustrated on the page are variations of working positions from which The Basic Balance Series Movements are initiated. In this first volume we will be concerned primarly with the Basic Base. The use of the other three anchors will be explored as we move along.

The Basic Base Position is attained in the following manner. With your feet together and parallel, slightly squeeze the hip muscles and pull in the belly. Avoid hyper-extending the knee joint (see figure).

The Open Base Position has two levels: beginning and advanced. For the advanced level, open your feet to the side and parallel until you can feel the muscles of the inner thighs tighten (position illustrated). The beginning level involves simply opening your feet hip-width and parallel.

The Bridge Base Position comes also with a beginning and advanced level. The feet are opened to the side and parallel. How far they should be opened depends on individual morphology. You are in the correct position when your knees are lined up with your parallel feet. Adjust yourself until it is so. The beginning llevel starts with The Open Base Anchor. When you feel the muscles of your inner thighs contracting hold it there. Holding your upper body straight from the hips upward. Bend your knees until you can place your palms on your thighs just above the knees. In the advanced level you bend your knees until your thighs are horizontal to the floor. Then leaning forward from the hip joints, place your elbows on the thighs just above the knees.

The Stride Base Position like the two position movements before it has the same two levels. You get to both levels from The Basic Base Position. The beginning level is reached by sliding one of your feet straight back and parallel until the toes of the foot in back lines up with the heel of the foot in front. The process for the advance level is the same. only this time you want to slide the foot back so that there is a full foot length of space between the toes of the foot in back and the heel of the foot in front (see illustration).

© Arthur Bodie 2009