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Aerial Arts

STRENGTH | FLEXIBILITY | BALANCE

STRENGTH

We will be building each athlete's body strength with hundreds of exercises. Our focus will be on upper body strength, as this is the area that most equestrians neglect. As a rider, the legs are well-developed physically whereas the upper body, torso, shoulders, biceps, triceps, and forearms are left in a state where they have not been fully developed. The strength part of our program will reunite our rider's balance and strength between their legs and upper bodies. 

 

FLEXIBILITY

Very few people understand the purpose of flexibility, even though most athletes stretch before all events. If you ask someone why they stretch, they generally explain that it helps keep them from sustaining injuries in the sport they are about to participate in. In actuality, stretching the tendons in the muscles leaves them in a more dangerous state where they can be hyperextended or torn much easier as they will reach that point more quickly with less effort. The reasons and purposes for good stretching are that it illuminates resistance against the neurological intentions of the mind. For example, if you pick your hand up and move your fingers around, you will feel your muscles and tendons resisting the motion. If you don’t stretch your hand so that your muscles and tendons have been extended, and then move your fingers around, you will find that what the mind requests of your fingers through your neurological network will be responded to much more accurately, concisely, and in a much more timely manner than before you stretched. This is the secret to avoiding injuries. When something goes wrong your mind sends immediate information to your body. When your body is prepared to receive this information it responds accurately and precisely. This is what stretching does for us. Stretching also includes a therapy called nerve glides. A nerve glide moves the nerve inside of its casing as if you were to slide a piece of onion through the batter in which it is fried. When your nerves glide through these channels, especially before a physical activity they can also respond unhindered to the information that your brain sends them. So in a nutshell, stretching allows your body to respond correctly to the stimulus from your mind which creates efficiency and economy in motion. This means that you are less likely to physically respond in a way that will cause injury. This is extremely important! 

 

BALANCE

Balance itself has three categories: First is physical; if you are tipping over, you will notice that your muscles and tendons are getting compressed at the points. You are nearing the pull of gravity and are extended at the opposite points. This is mostly muscular awareness of your center of gravity. 

 

The next is visual. If our eyes are open we are visually aware of our center of gravity as we can see that things are changing if we lay down or tilt sideways. But by far the most powerful sense of balance is our equilibrium, which is a fluid that exists in a small compartment in our ears. Equilibrium is the most powerful sense of balance.  This can be discovered by a simple exercise of spinning around in a circle quickly and then stopping and noticing that all of our muscular and visual attributes put together cannot undo the fact that the equilibrium still perceives discombobulation trumping the other two. The aerial work, as well as, multiple other exercises we have chosen to develop create a fantastic center of gravity and center of balance for our clients. 

  • $100 per month

  • 2 hours / once a week