Clinical Testimonial - Audrey Ng
“Through my first-hand experience in my clinic, working with both rehabilitation and fitness clientele, I have seen the AntiGravity® technique used as a valuable tool in rehabilitation, exercise therapy and fitness… I love and am a firm believer in the application of the AntiGravity® technique in my own body and that of my clients.”
Audrey Ng, Principal Physiotherapist Performance Pilates and Physiotherapy, Perth, WA
Clinical Testimonial - Dr Ann-Maree Barnes
“It became undeniable how much my patients could benefit from the modality in a therapeutic context. The supportive and adaptive nature of the apparatus has so many potential clinical applications and benefits not only in the rehabilitation setting but also chronic pain, mental health, PTSD, for de-conditioned patients and the elderly with respect to preventing falls by exercising the vestibular system and thus keeping them home and out of hospital or nursing homes for longer.”
Dr Ann-Maree Barnes (BBiomedSc, MSc, BMBS, FANZCA)
Clinical Testimonial - Simon Borg-Olivier
“In my experience the tractioning effect can be useful for the rehabilitation of a number of musculoskeletal problems, including but not limited to lower back problems, neck problems, shoulder problems and hip problems. In addition, the AntiGravity® technique gives the possibility to use gravity to change blood flows giving it the potential to treat a number of medical conditions. Based on my years of clinical experience, I strongly believe that physiotherapists could benefit greatly by learning how to use the AntiGravity® system.”
Simon Borg-Olivier, Physiotherapist and Senior Yoga Instructor
The growth of Aerial Therapeutics
In 2010, Renae traveled to NYC to be trained by the creator of the aerial hammock, Christopher Harrison. In 2011, she was appointed a principal educator for AntiGravity® and became instrumental in bringing the modality to Australia and NZ and has since trained over 500 practitioners in this region. Renae’s masters research conducted with the University of QLD in 2012 investigated the therapeutic benefits of the modality and inspired many innovative practitioners to explore the clinical capacity of the aerial hammock further in diverse areas such as trauma recovery, cancer recovery, rehabilitation, disability and developmental disorders. In 2015 Renae hosted the first Australian and NZ Aerial instructor conference aimed at bringing practitioners and their findings together to assist in the growing body of knowledge on Aerial Therapeutics.
The CreativeBodyFlow approach to Aerial Therapeutics
Over the last 8 years of working with the aerial system, Renae developed a therapeutic approach termed CreativeBodyFlow (CBF) which combines creativity, mindful movement and sensory integration. This multimodal approach merges yogic and neurobiological understandings and fuses the clinical frameworks for both physical rehabilitation and trauma recovery from a mental health perspective.
Do I need a prerequisite of other aerial trainings or movement experience?
This course is open to those with either an existing physical health qualification or mental health qualification, however existing experience with aerial modalities/movement are not necessary.
What sort of work will I be able to do after completing the foundation course?
This foundation course is designed as an introduction to the theoretical frameworks of Aerial Therapeutics and provides the embodied experience to understand the therapeutic capacity of the aerial hammock.
Those wishing to attain mastery in the Aerial Therapeutics technique and gain facilitation expertise are required to complete the full 150hr Applied Aerial Therapeutics Postgraduate course.
The Postgraduate Applied Aerial Therapeutics course will offer a comprehensive instructional, theoretical and practical training for participants to walk away confident in their self-mastery and ability to understand and implement the therapeutic benefits of the aerial technique within the realm of their existing professional scope.
How will this training benefit my studio?
As a movement instructor and studio owner, the Postgraduate course will equip you to offer aerial therapeutic sessions within your professional scope, that are generally delivered in a 1-on-1, duo or trio format. This is both a rewarding and commercially viable service inclusion to your studio offerings that can make use of studio facilities outside of peak class time scheduling, enhance the personalized feel your studio offers clients and increase the return and loyalty of your following.
Through the course you will be familiarised with clinical terminology that will assist you in communicating with your clients health professionals, or working in co-ordination with a multi-disciplinary clinical team.
How will the foundation course/post graduate course complement existing AntiGravity® Aerial trainings?
This course will provide the AntiGravity® instructor with new complementary theoretical knowledge to appreciate the therapeutic aspects of the aerial hammock. Instructors will learn innovative practical ways to modify, adapt and appropriately deliver their existing knowledge of aerial curriculum to achieve more therapeutic results. This course will provide the AntiGravity® instructor with the therapeutic skills to work beyond ‘fitness’ to enable students that may require a therapeutic approach to feel successful and gain positive change. This course will also reframe the AntiGravity® instructors approach to be trauma-informed and use safety wisely in the structure and delivery of aerial fitness genres.
What does the Postgraduate Aerial Therapeutics Course offer?
- The creativebodyflow approach to Aerial Therapeutics, including complementary creative arts therapy-based practices and use of sound healing
- Applied anatomy and physiology of aerial therapeutics
- Best practice for appropriately addressing stages of rehabilitation and implementing clinical reasoning
- Applied yogic practice and philosophy for aerial therapeutics
- Best practice for trauma-sensitive applications
- Dynamic neurocognitive imagery for efficient biomechanical cueing in aerial applications
- Creative resourcing and self care practices for maintaining resilience and inspiration for educators and therapists
How will the 150HR Postgraduate Course complement existing remedial or yoga qualifications?
The postgraduate course will complement the existing skills of yoga/movement instructors who wish to gain a greater capacity to cater for all stages of a student’s progression toward health and well-being with the integration of the aerial hammock apparatus. For instructors who use body based or weighted/resisted exercise modalities with their clients, this course will give you aerial therapeutic applications for joint and visceral decompression, circulatory health and developing mindfulness skills for stress and anxiety reduction using movement and sensory meditations. The knowledge gained in this course will assist in deepening your understanding of all movement and mindfulness based therapies. More details of each module are found here: https://bendandfly.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/AT_Post-Graduate-Pricing-2020-V2.pdf
What will be the price of the 150HR Postgraduate Course?
$4400 Earlybird (dates TBC) excluding Foundation Course More details of each module are found here: https://bendandfly.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/AT_Post-Graduate-Pricing-2020-V2.pdf
Will the 150HR Postgraduate Course be certified with Yoga Australia?
This course fulfils the Yoga Australia guidelines for a postgraduate course, however it is currently still in process by Yoga Australia to receive their stamp of approval, we have been advised this will be last September.
Where and how will the 150HR Postgraduate Course be delivered?
The structure of delivery is still to be determined as it will depend on the geographical distribution of the applicants. The aim is to make it as accessible as possible for the majority. If the majority are based in Brisbane it will be run on a 2-day weekend schedule, if the majority are interstate it will be run on a 4-day schedule Fri – Mon, if there are enough participants from Melbourne Renae will travel to also deliver the course there on a 4-day schedule Fri – Mon. Our admin team will do their best to support and connect travelling parties in order to save their costs on airport transfers and shared accomodation arrangements.
What evidence is there to support the need for this course?
The aerial hammock apparatus first gained popularity in America as a fitness modality over 25 years ago and has since expanded around the globe becoming one of the top 10 exercise trends in many countries. Over the last decade in Australia and New Zealand, the aerial hammock apparatus has been successfully integrated into innovative physiotherapy practice as an adjunct to manipulative and clinical exercise therapies specifically effective with reducing symptoms of Lumbo-pelvic pain. It has also been widely used in professional sports and dance training programs where the therapeutic benefits of decompression, traction and movement re-education have been harnessed for both restoration and cross-training conditioning. From a mental health perspective, the aerial hammock apparatus has also been successfully implemented as a somatic intervention in alleviating mental health related symptoms of chronic pain, PTSD and trauma and assisting in sensory information processing and developmental disorders. As the Antigravity® Master instructor for Australia and NZ, Renae has personally trained over 1000 aerial instructors in this region, many of whom have interest in the therapeutic benefits of the modality and with professional backgrounds in Physiotherapy, Exercise Physiology, Chiropractic Therapy, General Medicine, Occupational Therapy and Mental Health. These professionals have consistently requested specialised trainings to help bridge the void between fitness genres of the aerial modality and the physical rehabilitation and trauma recovery applications. Renae has also gathered other evidence in support of the need for Aerial Therapeutics in 2012 when she completed a Masters of mental health research project at the University of QLD investigating the modality’s effectiveness in improving the well-being of youth with PTSD symptoms; in 2015 when renae held an international conference for aerial instructors working in health related environments to share knowledge and most recently in 2018 she spent a 3 month period exploring the rehabilitative applications of this modality within a physiotherapy practice at Performance Pilates and Physiotherapy clinic in Perth. This course has been developed with the aim to fill the existing gap in trainings for the therapeutic applications of the aerial hammock modality.
What are the main professional interest area/s in the course content?
- Sports specific/cross training
- Pelvic, shoulder girdle and spinal health and rehabilitation specialisations
- Mental health related symptoms of chronic pain
- Trauma recovery
Who will benefit most from attending the course?
Physical health professionals, exercise physiologists and movement instructors seeking to understand the therapeutic qualities of the aerial hammock apparatus and learn trauma-sensitive approaches. Mental health professionals and occupational therapists interested in integrating a somatic modality into their practice assisting sensory information processing and developing self-regulation within a trauma recovery context will also benefit from this course.
Where can I get suitable hammock and rigging?
We have a close relationship with AntiGravity® Australia, who distribute the Harrison AntiGravity® Hammock. We will provide contacts and information on rigging set-up options during course. There are many options relating to rigging including mobile frames.
What is the refund and reschedule policy?
The course is non-refundable and non-transferrable 14 days or less from commencement.
About Course Presenter - Renae Stevens
Renae Stevens Qualifications:
Renae holds a master’s degree in Mental Health and is a registered Art Therapist experienced in trauma recovery. Renae is recognised by Yoga Australia as a Senior Yoga Teacher with 20 years of teaching experience. Her foundational years of study involved completing a full-time 3 year training specialised in Yoga Therapy at the Yoga Arts Academy in Melbourne, Circus Arts training in Beijing and Physiotherapy foundation studies in anatomy and physiology at the University of Queensland.
Renae has continued to diversify her skills in the movement healing arts over the last decade and is also certified as an AntiGravity® Master Instructor trainer, Polestar Pilates Studio Rehab instructor and Franklin Method Movement Educator.
Renae is a passionate advocate on the benefits of a multimodal therapeutic approach combining the creative and movement arts therapies and seeks to share these powerful tools with those interested in healing themselves and others.