Tick-Tock Trust Lean

Type of Activity: Trust

Props Needed: None

Set Up: You’ll want plenty of open space for small groups to work safely. Works well with 3 to 25 participants for 20 to 30 minutes. Divide your group into smaller groups of 3 participants (you can form groups of 4 if needed, participants will just have to take turns at each position).

Process: Tick-Tock is a nice variation to the Trio Trust Lean – a bit more trusting in this one (we suggest you review the Trio Lean above if you haven’t done so yet). As in the Trio Lean above, there will be one “trusting” or active participant and two spotters. The difference is that one spotter will be behind the active participant and one will be in front (see picture). Again, the first set up is done where the spotters stand close enough to touch the active participant – the front spotter places her hands on the crossed arms of the active participant on their shoulders. When everyone is ready the active participant goes through the commands (described in Trio Trust Lean) and then leans back. At this point the back spotter CAREFULLY pushes (not hard) the active participant back up and past standing into the hands of the front spotter who then lets the active participant do some forward leaning. The action continues with the front spotter pushing (again, CAREFULLY) the active participant back over into the hands of the back spotter.

This Tick-Tock motion is done a few times to give the active participant a bit of an experience. It’s also important to note that the active participant will have a much better experience if he or she keeps her or his body “straight as a board” and avoid just bending at the hips. If the active participant is willing the spotters can move back for a deeper Tick-Tock motion. SAFETY, SAFETY, SAFETY! Participants switch out positions so each has a chance in all three areas.

Debriefing Topics:

  • What did it feel like to be supported by the group?
  • What feelings did you experience?
  • How did it feel to be responsible for someone else’s safety?

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