I’ll bet you get annoyed when someone you are sitting with and talking to bounces their foot up and down, perhaps shaking the table you are sitting at. It’s a nervous habit some people have, that is remarkably effective at transferring their nervousness to you! Personally I sometimes want to shout out – ‘stop it!’ and sometimes I just can’t stop myself saying that.
There is however, a very useful side to this bouncing. I was talking with a friend recently about an up-and-coming talk they are going to give. During our conversation they asked me if I knew any tricks for helping with public speaking. Many years ago, I was fortunate enough to go on a public speaking course given by a champion public speaker. One of his tips was leg bouncing: if you are nervous before a speach, it can be because your adrenaline levels are high – bouncing is a very useful way to ‘burn-up’ your adrenaline.
Bows and Pumps
Given what I now know about bows and body pumps, you can now use this technique far more effectively. If you engage your leg bow and put your weight/ lean slightly on your leg, you can generate a much more effective bounce: your leg bow does precisely what it’s designed to do – it absorbs energy and gives it back as a bounce. If you link this with some deep abdominal breathing you can calm yourself down very quickly.
There are a number of additional befits and enhancements you can get:
- you are pumping your body, so you will get better circulation and with the abdominal breathing better oxygenation;
- you can bounce both legs, either simultaneously or one after the other and double up on the effect;
- you can use this technique standing up; and
- you can, with practise, get a very high bounce rate – which leads you into the realm of body vibration – a fascinating topic for another post.
Next time you feel nervous or anxious do try this technique. It works!