We all have a natural desire to find balance, test our limits, evolve and grow. This is what is attracting people from all walks of life to slacklining. Slacklining is an emerging balance activity, where you balance between the earth and the sky on a tensioned stretch of webbing anchored between two sturdy points (usually mature trees). Slacklines are dynamic so they bounce and sway in response to slackliner’s movements (think being able to bounce, like on a trampoline or “surf” it from side to side – or just a bit of extra “wobble” as you’re developing your balance).
Why would you do it?
First of all, it’s fun (need we say more?) … but in addition it is also developing some pretty important qualities – balance, focus, relaxation, will, and agility … I bet you can see a few places in your life where you could apply these qualities, and that’s exactly what people are doing.
A wide range of people are being attracted to slacklining for it’s ability to improve their lives, from small children needing to develop focus and concentration; to athletes who are looking to improve their sporting performance with agility, strength and focus; to corporate professionals who are looking for ways to calm their minds, move their bodies and release stress.
Slacklining is holistic in the way it works your body and mind. Slacklining uses your small stabiliser muscles, your brain and your vestibular system, and the good news, it especially helps to develop a strong and stable core (bye lower back pain, hello abs?!?). Slacklining can also develop your level of awareness and a deep inner sense of peace and relaxation. It’s also very social – what a great way to come together, move your bodies, calm your minds and enjoy!
Well it can be challenging (which is also what makes it so addictive!) but slacklining is also accessible to everyone. Slacklines are tensioned between two sturdy points at a height, distance and tension that suits the slackliners. People who are new to slacklining can set it up low to the ground across a short distance at higher tension to reduce the amount of sway and overall movement, whereas more experienced slackliners can set it up higher, at greater lengths, and with less tension if they desire to allow for greater challenge and movement.
As you become more experienced and knowledgeable there are more and more challenges to try – tricklining, yogalining, highlining or longlining … yes, you can just keep on learning and evolving!
Best of all, Slackline Australia is here to help.
We’ve been here since 2007, bringing you the best slacklines and training to support your journey. From basic slacklining courses to take the beginner quickly and smoothly to the next phase, to more advanced courses developing higher level skills we’ve got something to suit your needs and abilities.
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