Make your own Balancer

The Balancer

Working with Balance is one of the most effective and fun ways to rewire your neural pathways and teach all the parts of your musculature and skeleton to work interdependently with each other. There are now many tools utilized by physical therapists which focus on, and use, Balance as a primary means of therapy. Balance Work has far-reaching healing and physical fitness capabilities and is something, one way or another, you’ll want to integrate into your life.

 Tightrope and tight wire walking has been one of my great loves, especially since I realized that it so perfectly complimented and enhanced one of my other great loves, Structural Realignment Bodywork. By teaching myself how to walk on rope or wire, I learned incredibly valuable and unique lessons not only about Balance, but about body-mechanics, posture, alignment, and movement in general. I’ve superimposed this knowledge over my 25+ years of hands-on Structural Realignment Bodywork, giving me access to extremely profound insights and awareness that are unique because of my experiences. I’m doing my best to share what I’ve learned with others who have a desire to understand the mechanics of the structural body and achieve a higher level of physical fitness available from a gym setting or infomercial gizmos.

I developed the Balancer after years of practicing and teaching tightrope and tight-wire walking, for those folks who had neither the space nor the skill to rig up a tightrope or wire to walk on. With a Balancer virtually anyone can reap the phenomenal benefits of tightrope and tight-wire walking right in the comfort of their own yard or home. The crosspiece of the 10’ model is stable and the crosspiece of the 20’ model has some give to it, effectively simulating rope and wire walking, with the advantage being that it’s not that high off the ground and the walking surface of the pole is much larger and feet friendly than a rope or wire.

 What it is

A stylish, industrial-strength pipe apparatus, 10 or 20 feet long, and 10” to 16” off the ground, teaches flexibility and body awareness, the two foundational building blocks of Balance.

The Balancer is a powerful tool for finding courage, focus, self-confidence, and stability in a challenging situation. It is also the most powerful practice I know of for finding and experiencing the Free Space; the Free Space being that place of ease, comfort, and alignment while vertical. The Balancer will transform your body posture and your relationship with your body.

 *Basically everything you will try to learn and integrate today about movement and posture is theory and intellectual, and more often than not, irrelevant and unusable. Everything you learn about movement and posture while using the Balancer is experiential, dynamic, and immediately apparent and useful to you.
Learning to walk / perform on a Balancer will allow you access to another realm of awareness as you learn “the wisdom of insecurity”, by discovering your center, as well as finding your vertical line, having repercussions physically, emotionally, and spiritually. This tool will open up Doors of Perception you always knew existed but had no idea how to find.

How to build your own 10’ Balancer

What you’ll need:

1 -10’ of 11/4” galvanized pipe; threaded at both ends

6 - 6” or 12” nipples (pipe threaded at both ends)

2 - elbows

2  –T’s

4  – end caps

***all of this needs to be inch and a quarter

            (or inch and a half if you can’t find 11/4”)

For a balancing pole (to carry as you walk on the Balancer) use a 10’ piece of one inch pipe and put end caps on each end. A balancing pole is not necessary, but you may want to try it; you’ll be able to do many more things on your Balancer with the pole than without it. The balancing pole is actually just an extension of your arms, which are part of the ways in which you’re balancing yourself.

>>*Get the right names of the materials home depot**

Building a 20’ Balancer

For more of a challenge, use a one and a half inch diameter gas pipe 20’ long. Use  6 12” 1 ½” diameter nipples to make the base and the uprights for the cross bar,  with 2 elbows, 2 T’s, and 4 end caps and put it together the same as the 10’ long Balancer.
The difference is that you need to connect the bottom of the two uprights of the apparatus with something or else the center of the 20’ long pole will bottom out and destroy the elbow joints. I use a heavy duty plastic coated wire (like the kind you lock your bike up with), bought in bulk from Home Depot. You’ll need to measure the length you need once you’ve assembled the Balancer. The wire will wrap around the T section of each end piece in a loop and the loop is closed with a soft lead type metal thing that you hit with a hammer once the wires have been fed through it.
Use vinegar to clean the pipes of residue before use or painting.