Benefits of Slacklining
Slacklining can improve your balance, posture and
concentration. Some people use this sport to clear their minds and
relax from work. Your core strength will improve and you may feel
more focussed and flexible.
Some sports and equipment aim to develop muscles
through a repetitive onesided physical exercise. However this means
that non-active muscles are liable to waste away. These non-active
core muscles are very important in supporting our (back and stomach)
Some medical practitioners and professionals advocate
slacklining, particularly for its ability to improve proprioception
- The body´s own sense of its position in space.
- The sense of power between the muscles
and fibres within the body
- Ability to sense and identify direction of movement
Proprioception training, builds up muscle to support
the rest of the body. This means the body is less prone to common
injuries, such as twisted ankles. The result of continuous slacklining
is the strengthening of the spine, back and stomach-musculature
and additional support for ankles, knees and hip joints. Slacklining
can prevent the body from injury and/or rehabilitate.
To have good balance means...
- Co-ordination and strength that increases the
general state of health
- Safety in every day movements and sports activites.
- Reduced risk of incorrect joint weightbearing,
less joint problems
- Reduced risk to injury
The older we get, the less we are able to balance.
Therefore we recommend continuous balance training for everyone.
Balance is the foundation for every athlete - amateur or professional.
History of Balance
Balance is essential in our lives. Nature
is the master of cycle and balance. The idea to balance on something
is an important part of many cultures. In Ancient Greek and Roman
times this art and practice was well known.
The initial dance-like movements on a slim rope
developed to a rudimentary form of tightrope walking, with different
levels of difficulty. There are reports from the Middle Ages describing
huge celebrations and spectacles where the main attraction was a
tightrope walker. In the 19th Century, Blondin
were world renown tightrope artists. They staged daring feats, such
as crossing a highline over Niagara falls.
In many Asian countries tightrope walking
is part of traditional culture. In Korea, the Jultagi
is a specific tightrope acrobatic art and forms part of the
|Korea - Jultagi Tight Rope Walker, picture by
Petit facinated many people with his daring "free-solo"
crossing the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre in New York City.
In the early morning of 7 August 1974 Petit hovered for about 1
hour above the awakening city. The stunt was illegal, and he was
arrested by the police. As a penalty, he had to deliver a presentation
of his artistic tightrope walking to children in Central Park, NYC.
To learn more about Petit and his daring feats check out the great
itself was born in the early 1980s in Yosemite-Valley, California,
USA by rock climbers looking at ways to improve balance. It also
proved to be a successful means to practice and have fun when no
rock climbing was possible due to wet weather.
Adam Grosowsky and Jeff Ellington were the first
guys to walk a Slackline. Unlike the traditional tightrope walking,
with steel wire or hemp rope, they used polyamide-webbing that is
a lot more dynamic, light and comfortable to use. The advent of
the dynamic webbing system established a totally new era for balance
This Millennium has seen more slacklines arriving
in Europe. This is because Slacklining develops the skills required
for Surfing, Snowboarding/Skiing, Skateboarding and Rock climbing.
The parks and town centres are now the new playgrounds for urban
Slacklining first established as a play and training
exercise for balance and co-ordination. After further research,
slacklining was considered to assist with psychological barriers
and create a feeling of freedom in indiviuals.
The latest development is the intergration of slacklining
into Physical Therapy and Physical Education (PE) in schools.
Slacklining is enjoyable for all, alone or with
friends, you can have an awesome experience on the red line of life.
Slacklining is available now! Our complete slackline
solutions will get you on-line.
Your balance is keeping you vital!