By Lead Aerial Yoga Teacher Trainer, Renae Stevens
In the Aerial Educate Series, Renae explores how the aerial hammock can be used to mimic the de-loaded pilates reformer to add a little spice to your pilates workout
Joseph Pilates the Innovator would have loved the Aerial Hammock!
Many people have only heard of ‘Pilates’ in reference to the name of an exercise method, and not the recognised it is the name of the man behind the invention of the method. Joseph H. Pilates. In response to a childhood of ill health, Pilates dedicated his entire life to becoming physically stronger and studied body-building, gymnastics and eastern physical and philosophical practices.
During World War I, he was interned with other German citizens in a camp near Lancaster. Here, Pilates began inventing rehabilitation devices with what he had at hand to help other inmates restore their health. The ‘Pilates Reformer’, which is the most commonly used piece of pilates fitness equipment today, was first modelled by Pilates from a hospital bed!
Pilates was well before his time as an innovator of movement education and rehabilitation, and also used his apparatus inventions to invert and suspend the body. I think he would have loved the aerial hammock!