About Renae Stevens

Polestar Studio Rehab Instructor
Aerial Hammock Instructor Trainer
Franklin Method Educator
Yoga Australia Registered Senior Yoga Teacher
Registered Yoga Therapist
Registered Mental Health professional (Art Therapy)

CreativeBodyFlow

Renae Stevens, is founder of CreativeBodyFlow, a therapeutic model which integrates the practice of creative and movement flow-state experiences to enhance mental and physical health recovery. This approach is based on biomechanical and neurobiological understandings on the effects of pain, stress and trauma and merges Renae’s experience with expressive therapies, yoga and injury rehabilitation.
Renae went on to collaborate her findings on Aerial therapeutics, working with leading practitioners such as Physiotherapist and senior educator, Audrey Ng and Physiotherapist and International Yoga Presenter, Simon Borg-Olivier.

In 2015, Renae hosted the first Australian and NZ Aerial instructor conference aimed at bringing clinicians and instructors together to share their findings and forge a new path for the aerial hammock in innovative health and wellness practice.

Around this time, Renae developed a multi-modal approach termed CreativeBodyFlow which integrates the therapeutic use of creativity, mindful movement and flow-state experiences. This approach merges expressive therapy, yogic sciences, biomechanical and neurobiological understandings.
The Evolution of CreativeBodyFlow Aerial Instructor Training
Renae has been a pioneer in bringing aerial yoga hammock education over the last 10 years. Renae was trained in 2010 in NYC by the creator of the aerial hammock, Christopher Harrison and became the principal educator for Christopher Harrison’s AntiGravity® Fitness technique for Australia and New Zealand.

In 2012, Renae conducted a Master Research with the University of QLD investigating the therapeutic benefits of the aerial hammock for reducing symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress in youth of refugee background. This research went on to inspire other diverse clinical applications of the aerial hammock in areas such as cancer and injury rehabilitation, disability and working with children with neurodevelopmental challenges.

In 2015, Renae hosted the first Australian and NZ Aerial instructor conference aimed at bringing clinicians and instructors together to share their findings and forge a new path for the aerial hammock in innovative health and wellness practice.

Since this time, Renae has sought mentorship and collaboration with leading practitioners in Psychology, Yoga Therapy and Physiotherapy, to assist in the creation of an education pathway for instructors and clinicians that provides a safe framework in which to harness the therapeutic benefits of the aerial hammock.

These innovative professionals are now contributing to the CreativeBODYflow Aerial Intructor course delivery and generously sharing their unique and extensive expertise.

Simon Borg-Olivier
Simon Borg-Olivier, MSc BAppSc (Physiotherapy) APAM c-IAYT, has been practicing traditional forms of posture, movement, breathing, and mental control for 50 years. He has been teaching for 38 years and has been a registered physiotherapist for 23 years.
Simon works as a research scientist and a University lecturer. He has been regularly invited to teach about lifestyle, posture, movement, breathing, and meditation at conferences, festivals, and intensive teacher training courses internationally since 1990.

Currently, Simon conducts intensive training courses in India, Bali, Europe, and Australia. He also teaches many online courses on the applications of posture, movement, and breathing for fitness, internal health, wellbeing, and longevity.
Simon met Renae when she was completing her yoga instructor training in 2000 and has continued to be a source of inspiration as a mentor for Renae over the last 20 years. Simon is a guest facilitator in the Advanced Aerial Instructor training course.

Mark Comerford, BPhty, MCSP,
Mark Comerford, BPhty, MCSP, has been conducted and published research, lectured and practiced physiotherapy extensively for 30 years. Mark has established postgraduate courses in dynamic stability and muscle balance and presents worldwide in 20 countries and 7 languages. He also consults for various sporting and professional organisations around the world such as the Chicago Bulls.

Mark possesses a special interest in the development of clinically relevant models of movement analysis, retraining, and the understanding of pain’s influence on movement, muscle function, and performance.

Mark is well known among athletes and performers in Brisbane through his physiotherapy practice Preformance Rehab. Renae has worked with Mark to help resolve her own experiences of chronic pain since 2015. Mark has collaborated with Renae to deliver the Injury and Rehabilitation Module in the Aerial Yoga Therapeutics postgraduate course.
Audrey Ng
Audrey Ng, BPhty, is also a Polestar Pilates Principle Educator and certified Meditation, Vinyasa, Yin Yoga and Aerial Yoga Teacher. Audrey has lectured and practiced physiotherapy extensively for 30 years.

Audrey is the Director and Principal of Performance Pilates & Physiotherapy, established in 2003 and located in Leederville, Western Australia. Audrey has been incorporating Pilates in her physiotherapy treatments since 1998 and over the last 8 years has used the aerial hammock in innovative clinical application.
Audrey specialises in posture and movement assessment and rehabilitation with a holistic approach. She is passionate about empowering her clients through sharing knowledge and teaching essential tools for physical and spiritual healing and growth through good nutrition, mindfulness and movement to lead more healthy, meaningful lives.
Audrey has been a mentor for Renae whilst completing her Polestar Pilates training and has been instrumental in assisting Renae in the creation of safety guidelines for therapeutic applications of Aerial Yoga and is a guest facilitator in the Advanced Aerial Instructor training course.

Janine Murray
Janine Murray, has a Masters of Physiotherapy and a Postgraduate Certificate in Men’s, Women’s and Pelvic Health through Curtin University. Janine has worked in a variety of clinical settings in both Perth and London, and has developed a strong interest in helping women with incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, sexual dysfunction, pelvic pain and through the pregnancy and post-natal journey.
Before studying Physiotherapy, Janine completed a Bachelor of Science (Sport and Exercise Science) whilst simultaneously training as an elite Rhythmic Gymnast, where she represented Australia at the 2012 London Olympic Games and the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Having done Pilates throughout her gymnastics career as both an injury prevention and rehabilitation tool, Janine became particularly passionate about different methods of exercise based rehabilitation. This resulted in her attending training with Renae in the Antigravity Aerial Hammock Method in 2014.

Janine has found the versatility of the hammock to be a highly valuable therapeutic tool. The unique capability of the hammock to be used for myofascial release, mobility, strength training, movement retraining and of course spinal decompression means she incorporates this regularly as part of her treatment.

Janine is passionate about empowering her clients through education and has collaborated with Renae to deliver the Women’s Health Module in the Aerial Yoga Therapeutics postgraduate course.

Dr. Sue Jackson
Sue Jackson has 30 years of extensive experience in research, lecturing and practice in psychological and meditative approaches.

Sue has a special interest in working with individuals and groups to help them tap into their potential to find flow in their performance and in their lives. Sue’s practice influences include ACT (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy), iRest Yoga Nidra, and Mind with Heart mindfulness training in education.

Sue and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, co-authored Flow in Sports: The Keys to Optimal Experiences and Performances.

Sue assisted Renae in understanding of the science behind flow states and how this applied to the therapeutic use of the aerial hammock. Sue is a guest facilitator in the Advanced Aerial Instructor training course on the subject of Flow-state.

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