Our journey into human balance and movement basics starts here with this seemingly simple working position which when looked at closely is seen to be extremely complex indeed and we will refer back to it as we move along through the nine basic working positions of my balance series. The smooth transition from working position #1 to working position #2 is accomplished by simultaneously slightly bending your knees and ankles. These actions will shift your body weight onto your toes as you feel your weight moving forward. You can't see your toes because your knees cover them. Start lifting your heels from the floor. The secret to holding your balance here is: don't hyperextend your knees.
Don't lock your feet and ankles as all forms of balance are attained through the coordinated contracting and releasing of opposing muscle groups, something that could not happen if your knees and ankles are locked. Learning to hold your upper body correctly in good posture will greatly improve body balance. How do you know when you are balanced? Thats easy, a body that is balanced sways in every direction when you have attained balance. There will be a sensation of floating where you stand . The movements discribed here are those used when executing the calf movements from my method I call Les Mollets which translated into English means "the calfs". The action of moving from this working position of the balance series to the next will strengthen the knees, ankle and joints of the feet, strengthen and improve the arch of the feet and define the back of your legs.