the balance lab is your place to explore the elements of balance and discover ways you can improve your sense of balance.
When you admire the mastery and elegance of a dancer, gymnast, or martial artist, you recognize a highly developed skill that all of us have practiced since childhood — balance!
Our balance is influenced and maintained by the eyes, inner ear, and brain working together. How they “work together” is a deep and rich terrain that engages scientists, movement artists, and somatic educators. Do you pay attention to your balance?
When you invest in your balance you invest in an improved quality of life. What do you feel safe doing? Even a slight erosion of confidence in you balance over time, will subtly narrow the range of activities you choose to engage in. As confidence in your balance grows, you will broaden your options, move freely and enjoy a more active life.
the balance lab was developed by Suzane Van Amburgh and Joan McMillen. Suzane is a martial arts instructor who also conducts balance training at a physician’s office. Joan is a performing musician, and lifelong hiker. Both are certified teachers of the Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education.
Joan and Suzane bring structured Awareness Through Movement® lessons, fun balance challenges, benchmarks to self-assess progress, and an array of resources to help you explore and improve your own sense of balance. Click here to learn more
Invite the balance lab to visit your group.
- Material can be tailored to meet the needs of your group.
- Specific exercises and class explorations are matched to the participants.
- Balance training is beneficial to martial artists and seniors; people who currently engage in a regular movement practice or people considering a new exercise activity.
- Content is adaptable to different skill levels.
Format: May be configured as a portable one-day workshop, two-day workshop or delivered as a five week series.
the balance lab is your place to explore the elements of balance and discover ways to improve your sense of balance.
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On May 19, 2012 the balance lab visited Aurora OR:
January 1, 2011 at 2:03 am
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February 11, 2011 at 3:33 am
Some of the lessons and concepts we use in the balance lab are based on or inspired by Alan Questel’s Cd sets. Learn more:
February 9, 2012 at 9:10 pm
“The idea of a Balance Lab is awesome…I liked all the activities…especially the partnering….I especially liked the labyrinth, dance and sword moves…I like when you show the relevance to other parts of people’s lives… that these moves show up someplace else.
I found that the use of the mat and different surfaces and things to stand on was extremely helpful… perhaps the most….I noticed that my balance improved when I practiced on the mat and then did the same exercise at home or someplace else…I was much more able to balance on one foot after having done it on the mat.”
~ Kathy Dee Zasloff
The Balance Lab class participant (Portland, January 2011)
February 9, 2012 at 9:13 pm
Experience the balance lab as half-day workshop on Saturday May 19, 2012 at
Aurora Movement and Healing Arts Center, 14936 3rd Street NE, Aurora, OR 97002
Details: 1:30pm – 5:30pm, Saturday May 19, $60 fee. Wear loose fitting clothes and be prepared to study barefoot. The studio has a hardwood floor. Presented by Suzane Van Amburgh.
To register, contact the center at 503-307-7043, MovementAndHealingArts@gmail.com
February 9, 2012 at 9:25 pm
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September 12, 2012 at 9:17 pm
Here’s a short lesson you can do for your foot using a tennis ball. This lesson is posted by Annie Thoe, GCFP on her site SensingVitality: http://sensingvitality.com/2012/08/27/feldenkrais-foot-lesson-arch-and-ankle-stability-5-minutes/