By Lead Aerial Yoga Teacher Trainer, Renae Stevens
In the Aerial Educate Series, Renae explores the amazing key benefits of the use of the Aerial Hammock and its ability to be used in a remedial and therapeutic capacity. In this series, Renae explores the multi-dimensional nature of the aerial hammock and its use in core conditioning.
The hammock is unique in that it provides multi-dimensional core stabilisation
Today, the one-dimensional exercise machine is being used less and less. Gyms that were once full of large stationary equipment are now moving toward functional forms of fitness conditioning. One of the main concerns with this type of exercise machine is that it tends to take over the stabilisation function we need to develop in order to support and protect our joints. This can lead to an over-development of prime movers relative to stabilisers and can set up an athlete to be ‘strong’ in the gym, but not in functional activities.
In contrast, the dynamic, multi-dimensional nature of the aerial hammock apparatus is extremely effective at activating stabiliser muscles and challenging core stability in multi-planes of movement. It can be adapted to reduce loading in antigravity or gravity assisted states while initially building strength, and increase challenge when appropriate in gravity resisted states.
Many people exclaim they have never felt so connected to their core as they do when using the hammock!