Have you experienced the ‘Aerial Yoga Hammock’?

This soft aerial apparatus is designed to adapt to the body’s shape, mimicking the movement of fascia and skin to allow for the experience of freedom in motion. The hammock offers a sense of flying, floating and being supported in suspension, uniquely different from any normal gravity experience.

What is ‘Aerial Yoga Therapeutics’?

Aerial Yoga Therapeutics utilises the aerial hammock apparatus to facilitate therapeutic movement that aligns with progressive exercise-based rehabilitation and trauma-informed practice. The aerial hammock is a sensory medium that enhances neural integration and offers the restorative benefits of zero-compression inversions, incorporating joint and viscera decompression while developing 3-dimensional spatial awareness. It holds a unique ability to induce the relaxation response by releasing respiratory constriction and providing somatic experiences of being supported, rocked and ‘cradled’ that rebuild a sense of trust in one’s body, relationship and environment. The therapeutic benefits of this body-orientated intervention are quickly being adapted into innovative clinical exercise based physiotherapy, rehabilitation practices and mental health settings to address a range of conditions and enhance recovery, empowerment and well-being.

*Supports injury rehabilitation

*Supports mental health recovery

*Alleviates visceral and joint compression

*Applies Gravity-assisted mobility and Gravity-resisted strengthening techniques

*Allows controlled spinal traction and suspension

*Conditions muscles of respiration

*Trains principles of elongation and grace

*Aids parasympathetic functioning and sleep

*Enhances sensory integration and movement re-education

*Develops mind-body awareness

*Facilitates freedom in 3-dimensional movement

Professional Education in Aerial Yoga Therapeutics

Designed for professionals in the physical health and mental health fields, and for qualified movement instructors, seeking to harness the therapeutic power of Aerial Yoga Therapeutics into their professional scope of practice.

This training involves a pre-requisite 20hr Foundation Course for entry into the PostGraduate Program.

The Aerial Yoga Therapeutics Foundation Course Australia and NZ

January – April 2020

Are you intrigued by the role your brain and body plays in your emotional or physical sensitivity to pain and traumatic experiences?

This 20hr foundation course begins by  exploring the neurobiological understandings of trauma and pain. With an insight into the relationship beteween pain and trauma, participants will then be introduced experientially to the unique therapeutic attributes of the aerial hammock and how it may be incorporated within a multi-modal therapeutic approach. This course also provides an introduction to the theoretical framework underpinning the practice guidelines explored in more depth in the Applied Aerial Yoga Therapeutics Postgraduate Program. 

Complete your pre-requisite for entry into the PostGraduate Program by booking now for a Foundation Course. Delivered in any of these locations: New Zealand, Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne.

*SAVE $360 for upfront payment for combined Foundation and PostGraduate Program

The Applied Aerial Yoga Therapeutics Postgraduate Program

Online Modules commencing May 2020

Practical Intensive Brisbane September 2020

Deepen your ability to successfully utilise the Aerial Hammock for therapeutic intervention.

The 150hr Postgraduate Applied Aerial Therapeutics course offers a comprehensive instructional, theoretical and practical training for participants to walk away confident in their self-mastery and ability to understand and facilitate the therapeutic benefits of the Aerial Hammock.  Facilitated by master instructor Renae Stevens and co-facilitated with clinical experts in physiotherapy, rehabilitation, psychology, yoga therapy, traumatology and occupational therapy.

The full 150hr PostGraduate training requires participants to complete 3 educational components:

*20hr Foundation Course prerequisiste (offered in NZ, Brisbane, Perth & Melbourne between Jan – April 2020)

*20 week Online theoretical modules:            Commencing May 1st, 2020

*10 Day intensive practical modules:             Commencing Sept 18 -27, 2020. Bend&Fly Studio, Brisbane.

*SAVE $360 for upfront payment for combined Foundation and PostGraduate Program

Renae Stevens

Renae Stevens

About Course Presenter

Renae holds a master’s degree in Mental Health and is a registered Art Therapist experienced in trauma recovery. Renae is recognised by Yoga Australia as a Senior Yoga Teacher with 20 years of teaching experience. Her foundational years of study involved completing a full-time 3 year training specialised in Yoga Therapy at the Yoga Arts Academy in Melbourne, Circus Arts training in Beijing and Physiotherapy foundation studies in anatomy and physiology at the University of Queensland.

FAQs

Who Is This Training For?

Physical health, mental health and occupational health professionals
Qualified movement instructors (for example intructors of fitness/ aerial yoga/ yoga/ pilates)

 

Do I need a prerequisite qualifications or experience to attend this training?

This training is designed as a postgraduate program open to participants with existing qualifications as a physical health professional, including movement educators, or qualifications mental health.  Prior experience with the aerial hammock apparatus is not required

Where, when and how will the training be delivered?

The full 150hr PostGraduate training requires participants to complete 3 educational components:

*20hr Foundation Course delivered in these locations between Jan – May 2020:

New Zealand: 27 -28 Jan 2020, Float Fitness, Mt. Muanganui, NZ

Brisbane:         1-2 Feb 2020, Bend&Fly Studio, West End, Brisbane

Melbourne:      19 – 20th April 2020, Garden of Yoga, Melbourne

Perth:              28-29th March 2020, Performance Pilates & Physiotherapy, Leederville, Perth.

*20 week Online theoretical modules:            Commencing May 1st, 2020

*10 Day intensive practical modules:             Commencing Sept 18 -27, 2020

Bend&Fly Studio, Brisbane.

What will be covered in the Foundation Course?

The Foundation Course, delivered in a 20hr program will provide an introduction to the neurobiology of pain and trauma and provide an insight into the therapeutic attributes and clinical applications of the aerial hammock apparatus. This course is a pre-requisite component to apply for the full 150hr PostGraduate Program.

What will be covered in the Foundation Course?

The Foundation Course, delivered in a 20hr program will provide an introduction to the neurobiology of pain and trauma and provide an insight into the therapeutic attributes and clinical applications of the aerial hammock apparatus. This course is a pre-requisite component to apply for the full 150hr PostGraduate Program.

What will I learn in the online theory modules?

The online theory modules will provide detailed education on applied anatomy and physiology of Aerial Yoga Therapeutics, encompassing development and supporting research, yogic philosophy, yoga therapy, neurocognitive methodologies for movement education, programming for specific phases of physical and mental health recovery, multi-modal creative and therapeutic movement approaches and case studies.

What will I gain from the 10 Day intensive practical module?

 The 10-day practical intensive provides the opportunity to implement theory with experiential embodiment of the technique and develop expertise in facilitation. The intensive practical training is an essential component for the completion of the PostGraduate program and will provide participants with confidence in their ability to understand and implement the therapeutic benefits of the aerial technique within the realm of their existing professional scope.

Who will benefit most from attending the course?

Physical health professionals, exercise physiologists and movement instructors seeking to understand and facilitate the therapeutic qualities of the aerial hammock apparatus and learn trauma-sensitive approaches.

 

Mental health professionals and occupational therapists interested in integrating a somatic modality into their practice assisting sensory information processing and developing self-regulation within a trauma recovery context will also benefit from this course.

Where can I get suitable hammock and rigging?

We have a close relationship with AntiGravity® Australia, who distribute the Harrison AntiGravity® Hammock. We will provide contacts and information on rigging set-up options during course. There are many diverse options available relating to rigging including mobile frames.

What are the payment options?

Option 1:

Discounted Earlybird for Full Course Payment inclusive of Foundation & Post Graduate: $3990 ($500 Deposit balance payable by April 1)

 

Option 2:

Foundation Course Investment: $390

Post Graduate Investment:

Secure your spot – $500 non-refundable deposit with payment plan: $4350 – payable in 4 instalments (by June 30 – we will contact you once deposit is paid)

How will this training benefit my studio or clinic?

After completion of the full PostGraduate Program, practitioners will be able to offer Therapeutic sessions using the aerial hammock within one’s professional scope. Therapeutic sessions can be delivered in individual, duo or trio format as a complimentary service to incorporate with other modalities in your clinic/studio. This offers commercially viability in several ways, firstly it gives a point of difference by offering clients access to a unique healing modality that can support them during periods of rehabilitation and assist in injury prevention. Secondly, it enhances the personalized feel clients receive which can increase the return and loyalty.  Thirdly, it utilises ‘dead time’ as these sessions can service a population willing to make time for sessions outside of peak time scheduling.

How will this course complement existing AntiGravity® Aerial instructor qualifications?
  • This course will provide the AntiGravity® instructor with comprehensive theoretical knowledge to masterfully apply the therapeutic aspects of the aerial hammock. Instructors will learn innovative ways to modify, adapt and appropriately deliver their existing knowledge of aerial curriculum to achieve more therapeutic results with adaptability to expand their services beyond ‘fitness’.

     

    This training will assist instructors in attuning a trauma-informed approach within the delivery of their public aerial fitness group classes. Instructors will also be able to provide a higher quality of care through gaining a deeper understanding of the treatment and presentation of common pathologies and knowledge of when and how to refer clients on for specialised care. This training will open opportunities to work in collaboration with multi-disciplinary clinical teams through developing an understanding of familiar clinical terminology in which to communicate with other health professionals.

How will the Course complement existing remedial or yoga qualifications?

This training fulfils the Yoga Australia guidelines for 150hr PostGraduate training which allows certified yoga instructors to apply through Yoga Australia for recognition of continued education to attain a higher level of instructor certification. The theoretical knowledge gained in this training is transferable between disciplines and will assist in deepening understanding of all mindful movement-based therapies. 

 

Instructors will be able to introduce clients to aerial therapeutic applications that compliment other modalities by incorporating the benefits of joint and visceral decompression, promotion of circulatory health and development of mindfulness skills for reducing stress and anxiety using sensory meditations to support all stages and phases of a client’s progression toward health and well-being.

What evidence is there to support the need for this training?

The aerial hammock apparatus first gained popularity in America as a fitness modality over 25 years ago and has since expanded around the globe becoming one of the top 10 exercise trends in many countries. Over the last decade in Australia and New Zealand, the aerial hammock apparatus has been successfully integrated into innovative physiotherapy practice as an adjunct to manipulative and clinical exercise therapies specifically effective with reducing symptoms of Lumbo-pelvic pain. It has also been widely used in professional sports and dance training programs where the therapeutic benefits of decompression, traction and movement re-education have been harnessed for both restoration and cross-training conditioning.

 

From a mental health perspective, the aerial hammock apparatus has also been successfully implemented as a somatic intervention in alleviating mental health related symptoms of chronic pain, PTSD and trauma and assisting in sensory information processing and developmental disorders.

 

As the Antigravity® Master instructor for Australia and NZ, Renae has personally trained over 1000 aerial instructors in this region, many of whom have interest in the therapeutic benefits of the modality and with professional backgrounds in Physiotherapy, Exercise Physiology, Chiropractic Therapy, General Medicine, Occupational Therapy and Mental Health. These professionals have consistently requested specialised trainings to help bridge the void between fitness genres of the aerial modality and the physical rehabilitation and trauma recovery applications.

 

Renae has also gathered other evidence in support of the need for Aerial Therapeutics in 2012 when she completed a Masters of mental health research project at the University of QLD investigating the modality’s effectiveness in improving the well-being of youth with PTSD symptoms; in 2015 when Renae held an international conference for aerial instructors working in health related environments to share knowledge and most recently in 2018 she spent a 3 month period exploring the rehabilitative applications of this modality within a physiotherapy practice at Performance Pilates and Physiotherapy clinic in Perth. This course has been developed with the aim to fill the existing gap in trainings for the therapeutic applications of the aerial hammock modality.

 

Contact Renae for Further Enquiries

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