Aerial Fitness uses the hammock as a prop for Strength, Stretches and Balance. It was designed for all levels from gentle therapeutic to power and dance.
AIReal Fitness is equally beneficial for beginners and advanced students.
Benefits of Aerial Fitness
Inversions can hold your heart higher than your head, and in some cases, when your feet are higher than your head. But all inverted positions hold the same concept of being flipped upside down, creating a literal change of perspective and many other
health benefits. Inverting is said to benefit the cardiovascular, lymphatic, endocrine and nervous systems.
Flipping upside down encourages delivery of fresh blood to your heart, which provides more efficient
circulation. It is similar to what aerobics may offer. These positions are also said to improve lung tissue
quality. Being upright the majority of your day causes the lower lung tissue to saturate with blood, but
inverting will ventilate the upper lungs, ensuring a more even oxygen-to-blood exchange that promotes
healthier tissue. Being upside down also increases blood flow to your head, relieving the heart of some
of its duties and temporarily lowering blood pressure and heart rate.
Your lymphatic system is a closed pressure system with one-way valves that keep lymph moving to the heart. This system is responsible for waste removal, immune-system response and fluid balance. When your body inverts, this stimulates your lymphatic system and, in turn, strengthens your immune system.
Your endocrine system is responsible for hormone delivery. Inversions, especially shoulder stands, are recommended for perimenopausal and menopausal women due to the belief that the pose stimulates the thyroid and parathyroid glands, which regulates metabolism. Most inversions will stimulate your pituitary gland, which is your master gland, and promote a positive state of well-being.
Inversions may also stimulate cerebrospinal fluid, or CSF, which is the juice of the central nervous system that flows from the brain to the spinal cord. In an assisted headstand inversion, the top of the skull experiences pressure that could promote elasticity in the cranial bones, thus increasing the production of CSF to the ventricles of the brain.
Years of gravity's pull and spinal compression often wreak havoc on people's backs, creating pain that most cannot explain. Inverting can be a natural way of counteracting the pull of gravity. EnergyCenter says practicing inversions, especially with the use of an inversion table, can benefit your spinal discs, strengthen your ligaments and soft tissues, and relieve muscle spasms.
While lymphatic drainage, a healthier heart and lung tissue, and a more balanced hormonal system are all perceived benefits of inversions, practitioners have reported other benefits, including better sleep, focus and digestion. And while none of these benefits have been scientifically proven, an inversion practice can have an effect on your body and mind. At the very least, conquering one of the most elite poses in yoga, and often fearful poses at that, can provide satisfaction to the practitioner.