While standing move your attention to the soles of your feet and notice the contact they make with the floor.

Lean forward and feel the weight on the balls of your feet.

Lean back and the weight shifts to the heels.

Move from side to side and notice the change in pressure from side to side.

Try moving in small circles and sense the weight through the soles.

Ideally we want to weight of the body to be spread evenly through the arch and over the entire foot.

Roll a tennis ball between your foot and the floor to gently massage the soles of your feet and increase your awareness of your feet.

As you practice this week try to notice how the weight is spreading through your feet

Playing the flute is a very physical activity so having a good awareness of how we use our bodies is crucial and beneficial. There are six points in our body that we should aim to line up vertically to create a lovely sense of balance and to promote optimal use of the body when playing; the feet, the knees, the hips, the lumbar spine, the shoulder region and the head floating up on top. The next series of blogs will look at each of these points in turn.