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Balance is such a fundamental part of mobility that you can find components of balance training in most physical activities, even if no one explicitly defines it as balance training or uses specialized equipment. Nevertheless, as the importance and effectiveness of balance training in performance optimization, injury prevention, and rehabilitation has become better documented, schools of exercise that focus on developing balance and core stability have developed. Many of these disciplines are well-established, and many were once very specialized for specific activities (such as dancing). Now, physical trainers, physical therapists, athletes and enthusiasts tout the reverberating benefits of Pilates, Gyrotonics, Yoga, the Feldenkrais Method and the Alexander Technique, offering practitioners increased strength, improved flexibility, better balance and generally improved mobility.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|