Aerial Yoga Therapeutics Postgraduate Program
Aerial Yoga Therapeutics Post-Graduate - How is Completed?
This ground-breaking course, the first of it’s kind offered in Australia is able to be completed through the pre-requisite of the 50 Hour Online Theoretical Course or the full 150 Hour Post Graduate Course (50 Hour Course included)
Aerial Yoga Therapeutics Postgraduate Theory Online Course – 50HR
This instructor-led course offers a hybrid of self-study combined with live streamed contact to inspire and support group learning.
Aerial Yoga Therapeutics Full Postgraduate Program – 150HR
The full postgraduate program is inclusive of the Postgraduate Theory Online course with the addition of a practical intensive.
The full course aims to consolidate personal embodiment of the technique and develop facilitation skills in over 50 therapeutic aerial hammock exercises.
Aerial Yoga Therapeutics Postgraduate Theory Online Course - 50 HR
This instructor-led course offers a hybrid of self-study combined with live streamed contact to inspire and support group learning. Renae will work with the group to share her expertise and assist in cultivating competency and confidence in the theory of Aerial Yoga Therapeutics.
Delivered in a 2-part learning series, this course is designed to equip you with a comprehensive understanding of the therapeutic attributes of the aerial hammock and how these are applied to best support mental and physical recovery and resilience.
This course will help you:
✔️Understand the therapeutic attributes of the aerial hammock apparatus and the appropriate application for specific populations
✔️Examine the various types of pain and trauma
✔️Identify the stages and phases of trauma recovery, rehabilitation and therapeutic movement
✔️Review the principals of yoga therapy in relation to aerial yoga communicate bio-mechanical cues in effective ways that enhance freedom and quality of movement
✔️Review case study examples
✔️Conduct client history reports and measure pain/disability levels using appropriate scales
✔️Assess, progress or regress client programs to optimise positive outcomes Work within professional scope and health care ethics
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 Yoga 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 Yoga Therapeutics
Over the last 10 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.
Who is this training for?
For movement educators, mental health, physical health and allied health professionals working with clients with chronic health conditions undertaking rehabilitation, or clients with developmental, movement and sensory processing challenges.
Also suitable for qualified movement instructors (for example instructors of fitness/ aerial yoga/ yoga/ pilates)
Do I need a prerequisite of other aerial trainings or movement experience?
No prior experience with the aerial hammock apparatus or any other movement modality is required
What will I learn in the Post Graduate Online Theory Course?
- Perform safe set up and adjustments of the Aerial Hammock
- Describe in detail the 5 key therapeutic attributes of the Aerial Hammock
- 3 applications of sensory meditation
- Reference the 7 progressive levels of traction and inversion
- Review principals of yoga therapy
- Review the neurobiology of Trauma and Pain
- Review the influences on Brain development
- Review best practices for brain training
- Identify the 3 Phases of Rehabilitation and the 4 stages of therapeutic movement application
- Classify the 3 stages of Trauma Recovery
- Reference guidelines for trauma-informed practice
- Conduct client history report and measure Pain and disability levels using appropriate scales
- Apply biomechanical cuing for enhanced movement quality and efficiency
- Review repertoire of therapeutic aerial hammock applications with option for video led self-practice at home
- Review case study examples
- Distinguish program design elements and organisation
- Choose appropriate program design for supporting special populations including children with special needs, back-care and those on the cancer journey.
- Discuss learning objectives in fortnightly live streamed meet up sessions with lead facilitator and other participants
What will I gain from the Post Graduate 10 Day Practical Course?
- Practice facilitation skills of pre-hammock floor and proprioceptive applications
- Practice facilitation skills of therapeutic aerial hammock applications
- Modify application of Aerial Hammock exercises for individual needs
- Apply methods of mindfulness and flow-state
- Use observational assessment skills to analyse posture and breath
- Integrate personal embodiment experience of the Aerial Hammock applications
- Relate personal experience of creative arts based sensory-motor activities to the development of body awareness, self-enquiry and self-care practice
What sort of work will I be able to do after completing the 50hr Online Theory course?
This course is designed to give you the theoretical grounding of applying Aerial Yoga Therapeutics within a trauma-informed framework for supporting mental and physical recovery. What you learn in this course will be applicable to other modalities you may work with, however in order to receive the postgraduate certification to facilitate AYT one must also complete the live 10-day practical course.
What sort of work will I be able to do after completing the 150hr Postgraduate course?
The 150hr postgraduate course will equip you with a complete toolbox for safely implementing the aerial hammock modality, within the scope of your existing expertise and qualifications in the physical or mental health fields.
How will this education complement existing AntiGravity® Aerial certifications?
This education will complement other Aerial fitness certifications by providing the aerial instructor with skills in applying the therapeutic aspects of the aerial hammock. This will allow the aerial instructor to work beyond ‘fitness’, apply a trauma-informed framework and wisely structure the delivery of aerial hammock exercise to support their clients requiring a restorative, recovery focused approach.
Instructors will be able to introduce clients to aerial therapeutic applications that compliment other modalities by incorporating the benefits of joint and visceral decompression, promotion of circulatory health and development of mindfulness skills for reducing stress and anxiety using sensory meditations to support all stages and phases of a client’s progression toward health and well-being.
How will the postgraduate course complement existing remedial therapy or yoga/personal trainer qualifications?
This course will complement existing skills of yoga/fitness instructors assisting you to integrate compensatory aerial therapeutic exercises into your repertoire. This will balance the compressive effects of gravity experienced in body-based or weighted/resistance exercise and reduce likelihood of injury. The knowledge gained in this course will also enhance your ability to adapt mindfulness training for stress and anxiety reduction using aerial movement and sensory meditations into the existing offerings your clients enjoy with you.
How will the postgraduate course complement existing remedial therapy qualifications?
This course will complement existing skills of the remedial or complimentary therapist to integrate a safe, gentle movement modality into the existing offerings your clients enjoy with you. This can provide your clients with a way to be empowered in an active way to manage their condition and improve recovery outcomes.
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, I have 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.
I have also gathered other evidence in support of the need for Aerial Therapeutics in 2012 when I 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 I held a international conference for aerial instructors working in health related environments to share knowledge and most recently in 2018 when I 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.
Main Professional Interest Area/s in 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 physiologist 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.
What is the refund and reschedule policy?
This course can be reschedule, cancelled and refundable up to 14 days from the start of the first module. In the event there are further restrictions in travel in September for the 10 day Intensive then this part of the course can be refundable or credited for other dates. Which equates to the the course amount less the online component which is $1490.
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.