What in the World Does Bal-A-Vis-X Mean?
When Bill Herbert created his series of Balance Auditory Vision Exercises for kids (Bal-A-Vis-X), he was, according to Bill simply “connecting the dots.” Bill had noticed that his first-grade students who struggled the most with basic physical skills like skipping, throwing a ball, and walking on a balance beam were the same students who were struggling the most academically. As Bill worked with these kids to improve their balance, rhythm and coordination he noticed that their academics also improved. Bal-A-Vis-X was ultimately born from Bill’s observation of this connection.
At its core, Bal-A-Vis-X is a series of exercises with varied complexity that are all deeply rooted in rhythm. The rhythm is not provided by an outside source - like a metronome or music - but instead comes from the person doing Bal-A-Vis-X using the correct technique. It requires full-body coordination and focused attention, and according to Bill, “Bal-A-Vis-X enables the whole mind-body system to experience the natural symmetrical flow of a pendulum.”
The Bal-A-Vis-X exercises themselves start with bean bags. Sometimes the participant is standing on a balance board sometime just the ground. Ultimately Bal-A-Vis-X moves from bags to the use of racquetballs becoming more and more complex as you advance. The exercises start with two people - an instructor and a participant - but they can move to exercises that can be executed individually.
As the exercises grow more complex, Bal-A-Vis-X offers participants a chance to challenge themselves. It also offers the opportunity to practice cooperation as participants work together on exercises. Bal-A-Vis-X is great for school settings, and students can even become peer teachers.
More than anything, Bal-A-Vis-X is fun! Kids love it. It is empowering and offers a unique tool that kids can use to settle themselves and get their brain connected. Our friend Noah, 5th grade, says this, “Bal-A-Vis-X is my favorite part of the day. I look forward to doing it and I feel like it helps me learn.” Noah’s mom Michelle seconds Noah’s comments, “It’s been great watching the impact Bal-A-Vis-X has had on Noah’s confidence and his learning.”
It’s also worth noting that Bal-A-Vis-X has been shown to be an effective treatment for a huge variety of physical challenges including but not limited to: strokes, Parkinson’s and PTSD.
Here in Modesto at Therapeutic Playground, we are big believers in the power of Bal-A-Vis-X which is why we are excited to incorporate it into our Occupational Therapy appointments, our Tutoring, our Camps and more. If you think Bal-A-Vis-X might be a good fit for your child, or someone you know, we encourage you to email or phone us today!
To learn more about Bill and his journey to creating Bal-A-Vis-X check out his website: http://www.bal-a-vis-x.com