Join handstand Coach and Mobility Specialist Elise Ingenito for a 2-hour beginner workshop that focuses on the fundamentals of hand balance with an emphasis on mobility and end range strength.
This beginner workshop will cover the basics of hand balance, including how to safely get upside down, what proper alignment looks AND feels like, wrist preparation and a number of mobility and strengthening drills you can take home with you. Mobility plays a crucial role in hand balance. You will learn how to increase your active range of motion using Stretch Therapy and FRC principles – the key to advancing your handstand practice.
We’ll go through all the setup necessary for injury-free hand balancing from wrist prep, strengthening and stretching drills and proper body alignment. We’ll also go through basic entries, how to bail out or “fall” safely and how to spot your partner. Learn strengthening and balancing drills that will allow you to work towards a freestanding handstand.
In order to maximize our handstand work, we’ll be placing equal importance on mobility. As a Certified Stretch Therapy Teacher, Elise will introduce you to Kit Laughlin’s Stretch Therapy protocol. You’ll learn about, and put into practice, PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation) stretching, also known as the Contract-Relax approach. Using specific breathing and relaxation techniques, you will learn how to connect the mind to the body allowing for greater ranges of motion.
Building upon the Stretch Therapy work, we will learn how to increase strength in our newly acquired ranges using the FRC system. Gain body control, bullet-proof your joints and maximize your movement potential with end range strength training exercises such as CARs (Controlled Articular Rotations) and PAILs and RAILs. Get ready to dive deeper into the movements, the theories and the practice of full body mobilization.
The goal of this workshop is to leave you with the tools needed to continue to develop balance, strength and mobility for your hand balance journey!