Modified back balance with a fun roll out. This is an interesting option for working on back balance positioning while receiving extra support and security from a catcher’s wrap. It is still quite challenging but I think it could offer those who are sliding out of back balance a chance to spend more time exploring this position.
Tip: If you live in a dry place, spray your silks and clothes with water so you stick better. Back balances were a LOT easier where I lived by the sea as opposed to here in the high desert. Technique matters, but friction does too.
1. Put on your catcher’s wrap.
2. Hold the tail in your outside hand and press your hand on the wrap.
3. Unhook your knee and post your foot.
4. When you are ready, release your leg down. As you release, angle your body INTO your silk, as gravity wants to tug you the other way.
5. Bring your hand low on the pole and arch back. If you feel comfortable and confident, you can release that hand.
6. Exit how you feel comfortable. There are a variety of ways. here I show a more advanced version–rolling out. This is interesting because the movement is is similar to the back–balance to front balance transition.
Work on this close to the ground please.
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