Aerial Essentials 50hr Instructor Course
Ready To Fly? Become An Aerial Yoga Teacher With Aerial Essentials

Aerial Essentials 50HR Course will equip instructors/teachers with comprehensive instructional, theoretical and practical knowledge to be leave competent and confident to deliver effective group classes. The training is comprised of 40hrs of practical training (delivered live and interactive live-streamed) and a preliminary 10 hours online theoretical training covering the following topics:

-Explore the history and evolution of the aerial technique
 -Embody the principles of movement in aerial yoga hammock technique
-Develop skills in safe facilitation in over 50 aerial hammock exercises
-Apply a progressive framework for aerial exercise instruction
-Understand professional instructor responsibilities and ethics
-Manage site and equipment safety

SEPTEMBER COURSE DATES
Online Theory Enrolment Starts: September 18, 2021
Practical Module Dates: Oct 9/10 & Oct 16/17
(Bend + Fly Studio Brisbane OR Live-Streamed)
Online Assessment Day: Oct 30 (Live-Streamed Assessment)
Aerial Essentials is a 50hr instructor training centred on the aerial hammock apparatus. This soft apparatus is adaptable to the body’s shape and can mimic the natural movement of skin, fascia, muscle and bone rhythms. The whole-body sensory experience is often described as a relaxing sense of flying, floating or being suspended in 3-dimensional space. In addition, the aerial hammock can be applied to achieve diverse gravity-assisted and gravity-resisted conditioning exercises which improve neuroplasticity, movement acquisition, mobility and dynamic stability. The aerial hammock also offers unique therapeutic benefits for the joints and viscera through the safe use of progressive traction and decompressive inversions.
The Aerial Essentials instructor training embodies the Creativebodyflow approach which promotes the belief that ‘fitness can be therapeutic’ and align with exercise-based rehabilitation and trauma-informed frameworks. With this approach, the aerial hammock can be safely applied both in clinical and commercial fitness settings to support mental and physical well-being.

This training is appropriate for new instructors beginning their education and wishing to specialize in the aerial hammock; for experienced instructors wishing to diversify their modalities to include aerial hammock; and for health professionals wishing to harness the therapeutic power of the aerial hammock in their existing scope of clinical practice.
How is the Aerial Hammock used to support Mental Health?
The fundamental understanding behind using body-orientated therapies is that from birth onwards all experience is embodied. Past experience can be recognised in present physiological states and re-enacted in actions such as breath, gestures, sensory perception, movement, emotion and thought. From this understanding, remembering or speaking of the trauma may not be required in the process of recovery as one can work directly with self-awareness and self-regulation to reduce symptoms and learn new ways being in their body and in the world (Rothschild 2000). Multi-modal interventions, such as the aerial hammock, that integrate the brain, body, senses and creative expression are proving to be successful in trauma therapy and supported by emerging neuroscience research (Van der Kolk, 1994; Van der Kolk, MacFarlane & Weisaeth, 1996; Malchiodi, 2008; Carey, 2006). The aerial hammock opens opportunities to establish trust, which is considered essential in safe trauma treatment, and limits the dangers of re-traumatization (Friedman 1996; Friedman et al. 2010). This modality is also effective cross-culturally and is often experienced as a relaxing, non- threatening activity by adults and children.
How is the Aerial Hammock used to support Pain Management?

The benefits of inversion therapy, sensory motor learning and the significance of proprioception have been previously documented in research on chronic back pain (Kim et. al, 2013; Tong et. al, 2017). Leading experts in pain management suggest the direction for innovation in pain interventions require methods that address both mind and body processes (Mostagi et al., 2015; Chou et al., 2017). Aerial therapeutic interventions are currently being adapted into exercise rehabilitation by physiotherapists in Australia and New Zealand with promising results with low back pain and other pathologies (Performance Pilates & Physiotherapy, 2017; UprightCare, 2017).

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