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).