Saturday, 5 April 2014

Balance and Zen

Ever wondered what balance boards do to you apart from being fun? Balance boards were initially developed to help skiers and surfers advance their skills off season or when they couldn't practice their sports. However the balance board advanced in a tool not be used only by athletes but by the everyday person.

Balance boards are used to develop first of all and as the name suggests, your balance, helping in the equal distribution of weight and general muscle empowerment while preparing you to avoid injuries before and after you reach retirement. Especially in the elderly injuries are caused due to loss of balance and it is something that can be avoided if the balance skill is developed. Apart from injury prevention balance boards also play a major role in injury recovery of the lower joints (knees and ankles). All physiotherapists use many different types of balance exercises for the recovery from such injuries.

From a medical perspective balance boards help in the evolution of the neural system allowing the advanced communication between the left and the right brain hemispheres which means that dancers become feather-light, musicians get their postures right, writers get rid of the writers block and pretty much assists in removing any creativity block you might be facing.

The balance board is also used as an additional tool to yoga or as a form of yoga itself, cultivating self understanding and tranquility of your body and mind.
Enter Zenboards, the handcrafted balance board, completely made in Cyprus by sports enthusiast, Antonis Ioannou. For Antonis, creating Zenboards, is a labor of love. He aims to bring a little bit of balance into everyone's life, physical and mental. He preaches the benefits of balance to anyone who is willing to listen, and believes everyone can benefit from committing just 5 minutes of your time to practicing on your balance board everyday. Is 5 minutes really so much, considering the benefits you will gain in return? Better balance and posture, even muscle strength distribution, and injury recovery in your joints are just some of the physical benefits, not forgetting the mental benefits of concentration, peace and better communication between your left and right brain hemispheres.
The deck features a straight platform making this ideal for beginners and smooth rails making it easy to pull of spin tricks for the ones looking to go freestyle. The top comes with "grippy" surface, friendly on barefoot and durable to last forever.
We heart ZenBoards at LFC, and we heart Antonis! You can purchase your Zenboard online at LoveFromCyprus.com.

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