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Constructing an air-bed
Construction material: original pezzi EGG balls produced by the Italian firm LEDRAGOMMA. These are available in different sizes, measured in maximal diametre: 45cm (yellow), 55cm (orange), 65cm (green), 85cm (blue). All sizes also come in stronger silver-coloured "anti-burst" material.
For full length lying (supine, prone, and on the side) 4 balls (65cm) are placed side by side on a 6m long strip of material (width: 75cm) which is then folded over them forming a secure loop holding them together.
The slight gaps between the balls are bridged by draft-stoppers or rolled up towels or blankets put on top of the loop material. The gap between the 2nd and 3rd from the top - where the pelvis will be - needs a little more (for instance 2 draft-stoppers).
A blanket and a washable sheet on top of all that is basically enough, if you wish to give your table a little more "solidity" you can put a sheet of foam rubber (1.60m by 0.75m) under the blanket.
(see photos demonstrating the construction of the first prototype consisting of 2 green and 1 blue ball. On this kind of couch the person could only lie on the back with the legs slightly higher than the rest of the body - and the feet supported by whatever seems suitable, a bench with a rolled up blanket, rollers etc.) For the kneeling position with the person's front resting on the table 2 such balls secured in the loop are enough.
For supporting the person's head and torso while their feet are standing on the floor 3 such balls are needed (or alternatively 2 and for the head and shoulders the biggest ball (85cm).
In all cases smaller EGG balls (especially for children) and combinations of different sizes can be used too.
Since the air table is not quite as wide as a regular Feldenkrais table it may be necessary to give the person's arms extra support: a little stool + cushion or blanket on each side or anything else that serves the purpose adequately.
Sticking a soft overball under the sheet on each side so the person's hands can rest on a comfortable extra support is another possibility.