COORDINATE: Infinity Walk tutorial (Erin)
This method was created in the 1980s by a psychotherapist Dr. Deborah Sunbeck
What does the Infinity Walk train?
- VOR (vestibular and vision training/integration)
- Peripheral awareness
- Bilateral communication/integration
- Cervical control/mobility (vestibulo-collic reflex)
- Gaze stabilization
- Strengthening extraocular muscles
- Balance diagnosis/improvement
- And MORE
THE INFINITY WALK – VERSION 1:
Two major rules for any variation
1: Your eyes always stay fixated on your visual target.
2: Your hips always stay facing in the direction that you are traveling.
Begin by standing between your blocks facing sideways looking at target or with your back facing target and rotating head to fixate on it. Walk a figure eight pattern, keeping eyes on the target while staying relaxed with good alignment.
breakdown in form
poor cervical mobility
struggling to keep eyes on target
slow tenuous pace
passive foot striking
THE INFINITY WALK – VERSION 2:
Begin between blocks again facing the target. Begin walking and eventually in order to keep eyes on target, pivot with a three-step process. Head swivels, body rotates, hips keep pointing in the direction you’re facing.
As you’re coming around the blocks, make sure you’re maintaining good alignment, there’s no breakdown in form and no tilting your head.
PROGRESSING THE INFINITY WALK:
You’ve tried the first 2 variations, assessed them and now you’re ready to progress it more?
- Start to think about how are you going to make the infinity walk look more like your sport or functional activities in your life.
- Explore having the visual target low and high.
- Change positions, speeds and directions. Ex run, jog, traveling plyometrics, do things backwards.