[Training] Aerial Hammock and Flexibility

Aerial Contortion Las Vegas
Photography by Terence O’Donnell @imagesbyod

I know I’ve mentioned this recently, but I’ve really been getting into utilizing my aerial apparatuses for flexibility. I love the way I can use the aerial hammock to find different hingepoints in my back while training contortion.

Contortionist, Las Vegas, aerial hammockPhotography by Terence O’Donnell @imagesbyod

Depending on where you place the hammock (on your lower back or middle/upper back) and where you lean your weight into, you can open your hips, ribcage, or shoulders. I’ve become pretty obsessed with using the aerial hammock for my contortion warmups. πŸ™‚

A little video clip (above) from training at the Minnesota Performing Arts Cooperative in Minneapolis. I seriously cannot get enough of it! Such a relaxing, weightless, gooey practice.

(Above) Another training clip from an afternoon at Aerial Athletica in Las Vegas. Experimenting with flow, movement, and accessing new poses on the aerial hammock.

I could go on for days talking about all of the incredible ways we can use the hammock for flexibility. But I’ll save that for future posts πŸ˜‰ I’ve gotta keep you coming back for more, friends! πŸ˜‰

I should also mention the photos above were taken by my wonderful friend OD. He’s such an incredible artist, and keeps the best company. I’m so honored to have had the opportunity to work with him so much. ❀

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