What Is Aerial Hammock?

A Creative Origin Story

Aerial Silks originated in 1959 when a French Circus school asked the students to make a difference by performing an acrobatic act. One student used a long piece of fabric for her act. Since then, this piece of fabric has shape-shifted in so many incredible ways! 

Aerial Hammock, which is what we will be working with, is a long LOOP of fabric. Unlike the silks, which are two separate pieces of fabric, the hammock provides many of the same benefits as the silk with additional restorative support.

Aerial Hammock actually became its own apparatus because silks performers were tying the two pieces of fabric into knots so that they could use the loop to stretch and restore their muscles. I love sharing the history of the Aerial Hammock because it just goes to show that trust in one small idea can turn into reaping more abundance than ever!

Read more about classes, restrictions & benefits of aerial hammock classes below.

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Aerial Hammock Benefits

Aerial Hammock integrates stretching style exercises, pilates based core moves, fun aerial challenges, fluid movement as if dancing, myofascial release, strength training, balance and posture work, to help create new brain body connections. 

This is for those looking for something creative outside of the normal gym workout to stay fit or for those who are looking to restore fascia and take rest in the hammock. 

Aerial Hammock allows for freedom for a different design of body types, personality types and in different levels of challenge for reviving or restoration. 

Aerial Hammock has a special focus on inversion therapy, fascia release and relief,  strength training, conditioning and joint rotation and mobility.

Aerial uses a soft hammock that supports 1,000lbs and works with various body types. Read more below to see possible reasons to join or NOT to join an aerial class (contraindications).



BENEFITS (but not limited to):

  • spinal decompression

  • lymphatic movement

  • myo-fascial tissue / adhesion release

  • fun mental acuity

  • endorphin increase 

  • core strengthening

  • upper body development

  • lower body stability

  • strengthen postural alignment muscles

  • improve spatial awareness

  • inversion therapy 

  • joint rotation and mobility

  • muscle toning and strengthening

  • create community with others 

  • increased circulation to the pituitary gland

  • safely experience more advanced positions and deeper poses

  • working with and against gravity  creates length or strength

  • lessen pressure on joints to improve range of motion

 

AERIAL CONTRAINDICATIONS

When You Might OPT-OUT

You should avoid aerial yoga if you have any of the following conditions you , including but not limited to:

  • bone and joint disorders, such as osteoporosis, herniated disk, fractures, carpal tunnel syndrome, severe arthritis or spinal injuries

  • cardiovascular disorders, such as very high or low blood pressure, stroke, or heart disease

  • diseases or infections, such as conjunctivitis (pink eye), ear infections, glaucoma, vertigo/labrythitus or cerebral sclerosis

  • Recent Back or Shoulder Surgery

  • Recent Eye Surgery

  • Botox within 48 hours

  • Pregnancy

If you suffer from any of the below it would be best to check with a Doctor before you take part:

  • retinal detachment

  • use of blood clotting medications

  • Shoulder/Rotator Cuff injuries 

  • Wrist Injuries

  • Chronic Back Issues – bulging/herniated/slipped discs

*Shoulder & chronic back issues would be OK to take a gentle class. 

**SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT MENSTRUATION: It is advised NOT to go upside down when you are menstruating. Women may still attend class at these times but avoid inverting during class.

 
 

HOW TO PREPARE FOR CLASS

CLOTHING:

Wear a shirt that covers your underarms and leggings that cover knees.  This will help protect the silk from deodorant stains and protect your underarms and knees from the possibility of “silk burn” which doesn’t happen often. Avoid wearing extra baggy clothes as it’s hard to maneuver the hammock when the fabric is getting caught in a shirt. Please do not wear jeans to class. 

FOOD:

Eat a small amount of food about 1.5-2hrs before class but do not eat a large meal. Too little food and you could get dizzy, too much food and you could end up in the bathroom for all of class! BRING WATER! NO JUICE RIGHT BEFORE CLASS ( THE ACIDITY WILL NOT LIKE THE MOVEMENT). NO ALCOHOL 24HRS BEFORE A CLASS–STRONGLY ADVISED!

NAILS, HAIR, SKIN:

NAILS: Please trim your finger and toe nails before class to protect the silks! IF YOU HAVE FAKE NAILS, you can still take class but please be EXTRA careful!!! Let the instructor know that you have fake nails before class so that they can show you HOW/HOW NOT TO grip the fabric. 

HAIR:Feel free to wear your hair up or down. It’s best to wear it up if you’re a beginner and with a headband! 

SKIN: Try to refrain from using lotions before class as these could stain or get onto the silk.



ARRIVE TO CLASS AT LEAST 5-10 MINUTES BEFORE!

Hammocks are put up PER person’s height. Everyone’s height is different and it takes some time to rearrange the hammocks so please be respectful of student and instructor time.Arrive early enough to get your hammock measured and ready to go.


RELAX!

You’ll probably be nervous your first class–I was for mine! Just know that everyone in the class once started where you are OR it’s also everyone’s first class! You only have to do what YOU feel comfortable doing! You will be fully supported by the hammock and the instructor who offers spotting throughout class.