Broome Advertiser - - Happenings - Robert Dougherty

Lo­cal fit­ness gu­rus are lining up to take part in a new anti-grav­ity ac­tiv­ity in Broome, tak­ing their re­cov­ery work­outs to new heights.

Lo­cal re­me­dial mas­sage and func­tional move­ment ther­a­pist Tracy Hill has mixed tra­di­tional yoga, med­i­ta­tion and sus­pended ham­mocks to cre­ate three-di­men­sional move­ment classes, with about 100 peo­ple turn­ing out for an open day ear­lier this year.

Hill, who stud­ied clas­si­cal bal­let for more than 18 years, took up the anti-grav­ity prac­tice af­ter look­ing for a way to main­tain and im­prove fit­ness that en­com­passed the grace­ful­ness of bal­let with­out plac­ing ex­ces­sive stress on the joints, and was good for re­cov­ery.

“The ben­e­fits are some­thing you can’t achieve in any other fit­ness genre,” she said.

In her Flow Move­ment Space, Hill teaches eight par­tic­i­pants a class to use sus­pended silk trapeze ham­mocks as sup­port for yoga and aerial arts.

“Zero-com­pres­sion in­ver­sions al­low de­com­pres­sion of the spine through gen­tle trac­tion and hy­dra­tion of ver­te­bral discs, en­abling you to ex­tend to your true nat­u­ral height,” she said.

“In­ver­sions cre­ate a unique en­vi­ron­ment where the lungs and di­aphragm are work­ing harder dur­ing reg­u­lar breath cy­cles to lift up­wards against the ad­di­tional weight of the in­ter­nal or­gans, in­creas­ing car­dio­vas­cu­lar con­di­tion­ing with­out in­creas­ing heart rate, which is pretty cool. In­ver­sions also al­low cir­cu­la­tory and lym­phatic sys­tems to re­fresh while stim­u­lat­ing greater cere­bel­lum func­tion . . . stim­u­lat­ing the re­lease of ‘happy hor­mones’.”

Hill said the prac­tice of anti-grav­ity yoga could also im­prove bal­ance, co-or­di­na­tion and pro­mote greater agility.

Flow Move­ment Space cre­ator Tracy Hill, with daugh­ter An­gel, 15.

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