You are right, Aerial is a new thing if you’re thinking it is, well new-ish. It’s been around since 1991 in New York by a broadway choreographer & former gymnast Christopher H. who developed the first aerial yoga themed workouts for a group of gymnastic athletes
Aerials & it's benefits
How often have you heard that an Aerial class may be a workout for decompression of your joints? You may have also heard that these poses may be good for all of the muscles of the body. Is it really true? Let's find out more.
First of all, we need to determine what physical health is in terms of joints. We can divide it into three categories:
1. physical health as regards joints
2. physical health as regards other body parts
3. mental health.
We will use the term joints as a general term for all of the connective tissues in the body.
Of course, a joint is only good when it is not damaged. Thus, it is important that we perform exercises which do not damage the joints in our body. This means we should avoid the poses that tend to injure the joints of the body. Poses that tends to reduce joints compressions are those that do not have extreme rotation/ torsion(s) in them & allow of a small traction. They allow our body to relax and come into their natural stance. This is done by decompression of the joint(s) & thus reducing pressure surrounding the area. Once decompression happens, the muscles & tendons are able to relax more, & therefore reduce the number of muscle contractions that could potentially injure your joints.
What is Aerial Fitness/ Yoga
Most of what is in both commercial & boutique studios that offer aerial offers either yoga or fitness based classes. They are either catered towards the theme of yoga postures & the latter more towards fitness-based goals. Aerial fitness's/ yoga's emphasis on postures, movements, & its technique of slow and controlled breathing exercises, actually go a long way in decreasing the number of muscle contractions in the body and hence, in decreasing the stress on the joints. Thus, the tissues around the joints are given time to recover, & to be able to avoid/ lower the chances of injury. This is one reason why Aerial Yoga/ fitness is good for decompression of joints.
The artful practices of aerial fitness/ yoga have that have been reported by many clients all over the globe to have increase their breathing from deep stretches, opening up their bodies that have been holding a pattern of tension, which may be caused by habits induced by work, lifestyle choices activities, emotional repression & so on. It's been said that many of those who have chronic NSLBP(non-specific low back pain) have also gained the benefits of spinal decompression in certain poses.
East & West
Aerial yoga or fitness class's postures are the results of a blending of East and West practices, the two natural traditions that have shaped the way we perceive and move the body, now with you doing it with a hammock, or inside it! In fact, the West is so well known for its exercises & stretching that it seems strange that Yoga has taken such a long time to develop. But it has, and the results have been very encouraging especially when you combine the technicalities of aerial with it.
Aerial Fitness for female
Most people still are under the impression that aerials classes is only female-oriented but the opposite is true. The classes for aerial fitness does not see if movements are biased towards male or female as there is no such thing as a more manly move or female inclined movement. Fitness is fitness!
Aerial for beginners
At MSMC most of our classes are made for beginners to learn the basics & progress from it. If you have little experience or am planning to do it for the first time, our instructions are made clear & simple to follow, & class size is small so you will get plenty of attention to any modification or correction(s) to the pose(s) that you may be doing wrong. With highly qualified & experienced aerial teachers, you can count on your session to be fun, safe & still reap the benefits of the class.
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