American exercise guru back in Melrose


He is the creator of a revolutionary system of exercises that integrates body and mind for all ages, and next week, Bill Hubert is back in the Borders.

It is a rare opportunity for local parents, teachers and therapists, but thanks to Galashiels couple, Jane and Mike Oliver, it is the third such international seminar to be held here.

Mr Hubert, who hails from Kansas, is the creator of the revolutionary Bal-A-Vis-X system of exercises.

A long-term educator and martial artist, he left the classroom environment in 2005 to focus full-time on training teachers, parents, occupational and physical therapists in his system so they could use it with their children and students.

And from June 19-21, he will conduct his third three-day training seminar in Melrose, bringing parents and teachers together from around the world.

The Olivers were the first in Scotland to be trained in Bal-A-Vis-X, with Jane becoming the first certified practitioner and, in 2014, the only Bal-A-Vis-X Trainer in the UK.

Bal-A-Vis-X comprises a mix of balance, auditory and vision exercises and uses small sandbags, tennis balls and balance boards in a rhythmic way.

Key to the programme is visual tracking as learning difficulties sometimes arise because people can’t follow something with their eyes.

Mr Hubert had noticed many of his first-graders did not function well or have good balance or rhythm, so he taught them basic physical skills such as throwing, catching, walking on balance beams, and skipping.

He also noticed those who didn’t have basic physical skills also struggled academically.

Bal-A-Vis-X is also said tohelp people with dyslexia, dyspraxia, attention deficit disorder and autism.

However, it seems too few from the Borders are taking the opportunity to train with Mr Hubert.

“So far we have about 40 people signed up – but it’d be nice to see more from the Borders attending as it is real kudos for this area to have someone of Bill’s stature come over here and for local people to get the chance to train with him.

“Learning these exercises can make life easier – physically, academically and socially. It’s about mind and body coming together as one in a state of flow and it can benefit not just children, but adults and the elderly also.

“And having Bill here again is a fantastic opportunity people really don’t want to miss.”

For more information contact Jane Oliver on 07512 311317 or at