Proprioception: Stand strong, stand still

09.09.2016

Have you ever wondered why the police will test sobriety by asking people to touch their nose with eyes closed?

Well, there is a scientific reason for that, which is called “proprioception”.
This term comes from two Latin words: proprius, which means one’s own/individual, and capio, from the verb capere which means grasp/sense. The combination of the two forms “proprioception”, basically the sense of the body in space: its position, movement, and acceleration.
It involves the ability of an individual to perceive the position mostly of their joints without the aid of vision.
You might not be aware that all of are using proprioception every single day, for some basic activities like:

  • Walking without continuously watching where the feet are put
  • Walking in complete darkness without losing balance
  • Brush paint onto a canvass without looking at the hand but focusing the eyes on the model
  • Driving a car: steering and using pedals while looking at the road ahead

Unfortunately, many people tend to lose proprioception with age: but no worries, we have good news for you!
The first good news is…we can keep training proprioception: the proprioceptive sense can be sharpened through different activities like standing on a wobble/balance board, standing on one leg and other challenges. Studies also prove the training is increased by closing the eyes.

The second, but most important news, is…we can keep training proprioception rebounding on the bellicon! The instability created by the pliable surface of the mat and the rebounding itself, forces us to properly position our joints to maintain the correct posture. Specific exercises of balance and coordination increase the training, especially when we are asked to do them with eyes closed.

Follow Remy in this new video focused on balance and coordination: enjoy the view of the beautiful and relaxing Dutch shores and keep on training your proprioception. Bounce soft, stand strong, stand still!


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