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Tell me more about Yoga Trapeze...

One of the most interesting things about Yoga Trapeze is the fact that it's a blend of disciplines. It's a newer type of yoga that mixes traditional yoga poses with pilates, along with the use of a hammock and some of the healing arts.

Yoga Trapeze can vary from very easy to more moderate. Your body is supported by a hammock and helps suspend you from the ceiling. It allows you to move your body into positions that would be impossible from the ground. It can allow your muscles to stretch and lengthen, and decompress your spine.

One big downside, the set up is intimidating. As intimidating as it looks, there are lots of great beginner moves that you can do. You can start with easy stretches and get used to the feeling of moving your body, and then work your way up to more intricate and intense moves. These exercises are great for those with joint injuries. Anything with running and jumping can cause a lot of stress and issues for those with knee and ankle problems. It is one of the better exercises for preventing joint injuries or worsening them. Nearly all movements involved in Yoga Trapeze require you to activate your core muscles. This means you are constantly using your abdominal muscles to move from pose to pose. This is great for strengthening your core. It is also a great form of relaxation. Simply resting in the yoga hammock feels amazing! The slow tranquil movement is relaxing and gives your a sense of peace and wellness. The gentle stretching can hep loosen any sore or stiff muscles.

Inversions like headstand and shoulder stand can be quite dangerous for your cervical spine. If you had an injury in your neck it is best to avoid weight bearing inversion in which case, hanging in a yoga trapeze can be a safe alternative.

When you hang upside down in the Yoga Trapeze you can decompress your spine. This can provide relief from sciatica, disc compression, muscle pain, and tightness.

Yoga Trapeze will benefit four major systems in your body; cadiovascular, lymphatic, nervous, and endocrine system. When you go upside down, gravity reverses the flow of blood encouraging all the stale blood from your extremities to get a fresh exchange from your heart. Your lymphatic system is a key part of your immune system and when you go upside down you stimulate your lymphatic system and boost your immune system. Yoga Trapeze may affect the movement of cerebrospinal fluid - the fluid of the central nervous system which flows from your brain to your spinal cord. Yoga Trapeze also stimulate the thyroid and parathyroid glands of the endocrine system - which is recommended for women in perimenopause and menopause.

Yoga Trapeze is a safe way to relieve back pain. A lot of back pain is caused by sitting all day at a desk job or a driving job, or standing all day. Gravity is exerting its force on your body all day. Sciatica is caused by narrowing of the spinal canal in the lower back or a breakdown of the discs in the lower back, which causes the nerves of the spinal cord to become compressed and trapped between vertebrae. That is how you get the nerve pain down your leg. When you hang upside down in the Yoga Trapeze you can decompress your spine. This can provide relief fro sciatica, disc compression, muscle pain, and tightness.

How do you get into one?

Sit in the hammock, making sure the base is around your hips. Hold onto the midlength handles. Lean back. Wrap your legs around the outside of the swinging then hook your feet. Walk your hands down to the lower handles. when you know you are secure you can hang upside down. Come out slowly.

You should not go upside down if:

High Blood Pressure - Increases your blood pressure putting your at risk of a stroke.

Glaucoma - pressure builds around the eyes, impairing vision, any kind of inversions will increase that pressure, supported or otherwise.

If you are Menstruating - Reverses the natural downward flow of menses.

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