Bodymind Ballwork is a bodywork system that can benefit people of any age or physical condition. The distinct feature of Bodymind Ballwork is the use of rubber balls of
varying sizes and textures, which support, massage and stretch localized areas of the body. There are techniques for every part of you, from head to toes. The result is a wonderful feeling
of lightness and ease in the body, and quiet alertness in the mind. To quote one student: “It’s like having a massage therapist in your pocket”.
The name Bodymind Ballwork states the truth that any and all experiences register in the body and the mind happen simultaneously. Our mental state will shift from working
on the body, and our physical state will shift from mental focus. We are already “integrated” but we don’t always feel that way. This technique is an elegantly simple and profound pathway toward the
experience of integrated self.
Bodymind Ballwork was developed by Ellen Saltonstall, New York City. It evolved from her forty-year practice of Kinetic Awareness, a bodywork method developed in the
1960’s by Elaine Summers who was a dancer, choreographer, film-maker and teacher. The origins of this approach to bodymind education go back to pre-war Germany, to the work of Elsa Gindler, an
innovative physical education teacher.