One of my favorite contact improvisation tips came from a class taught by Gretchen Spiro. She just slipped it in, and didn’t emphasize it a lot, but I wrote it down and remembered it. It was simply this, although she probably didn’t say it this way:
If you relax your limbs, they point to the ground.
This is incredibly useful.
It means that anytime you are disoriented while up in the air, anytime you find yourself falling and don’t know where down is, just relax your limbs. They fall towards the ground. And then you can land on your hands or feet — most likely, both.
I do not imply any metaphorical life lessons by any of the above. However, if you would like to infer your own, please be my guest.