having a break
March 1, 2018
Here in Bristol, we've had our first proper snow day of the week. I've managed one day at home but I think my toddler and I will go crazy with another.
We'll have to go out tomorrow whatever the weather!
If you are the same and need to get out with a pram or buggy you may be nervous of slipping, causing yourself some back pain, or wondering how you will get through the thick snow at all.
I've adapted some ideas that my colleague TriciaTheAlexanderTeacher posted today.
1. For support - Try not to hang off the pram. Instead think about how you can support yourself. You can do this by spreading your feet when they're on the ground.
2. For balance - Think of the space above your head and of you rising up into it.
3. Resist the temptation to grip the handle bars too tightly, thus causing extra tension throughout your body. Imagine your arms lengthening into a full, wide back.
4. Keep the pram/buggy close to you.
5. Take small steps, keeping your feet flatter than usual as they go down,
6. Take it slow, or if you need to hurry take very short rapid steps.
The aim of these ideas is to keep your centre of gravity over your feet and avoid putting force forwards through your heel as you put it down.
If the worst happens and you can feel yourself falling, let yourself go as floppy as you can to help you bounce.
Take care and enjoy that beautiful snow!
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