We all know exercise is good for us. It has long been understood to boost low mood and calm anxiety. But do you want to know five reasons why aerial yoga and pilates are like sex?
We take our fun seriously at Transform so do read on!
- Dopamine and serotonin are both neurotransmitters produced during sex and orgasm — a similar effect to the consumption of dark chocolate. These chemicals are also produced during exercise, when blood flow is increased, and blood-oxygen levels go up. When you enter an inversion during an aerial class, that happy-hormone rich blood flows to your brain is maximized, which in turn stimulates production of dopamine and serotonin, giving you a sense of excitement — even euphoria.
- High on Happy Hormones
Exercise triggers the production of endorphins, which regulate your mood and are our body’s own happy makers. These endorphins act on the opiate receptors in our brains where they reduce pain and boost pleasure, resulting in a lovely feeling of well-being. Visitors to our classes report back how happy and floaty they feel afterwards lot and this is in part due to the inversions. Our aerial students are using the word ‘exhilarating’ a lot. People are just feeling more open. (One student asked if it was normal to go for the rest of the day beaming at everyone she met because she just felt so happy and light! Well, thanks to the release of those happy hormones brought on by the inversions, I could reply with a big yes!”) Every aerial classes features inversion and going upside down makes you feel gooooood!
- Sleep is Sexy
Insomnia is commonly linked to depression, anxiety and stress. The inversions found in every aerial class can fight off insomnia because muscle tension can decreased by up to 35%*. This is one of the reasons why many say they sleep better after an aerial class. When you sleep better, your mood will be boosted, depression may be relieved and anxiety reduced.
- Relaxation is King
Let’s face it – It’s hard to feel sexy when you are not relaxed., each class closes with a cocoon like floating relaxation where you have time to rebalance as you efficiently float in a bliss like state. Even those who find it hard to relax seem to melt easily into relaxation and find they bliss better. “It’s just like being in a flotation tank or like laying in a cloud. Soooo lovely,” was one of our client’s experience.
- Inversions are fun. They reconnect us to a childlike sense of playfulness and wonder. Plus, simply trying something new (in a safe and guided environment) will build confidence – A more confident you is a sexier you!
You certainly don’t have to be an acrobat to enjoy aerial. Our supportive teachers will bring out the best in you! After class you will feel stronger, extra stretchy, accomplished and sexy!
P.S. Please forward to anyone who might enjoy this. You might change their life!
*Physiotherapist LJ Nosse did a study titled ‘Inverted Spinal Traction’ published in Arch Phys. Medical Rehab 59: 367-370, Aug 78. The study confirmed that inverting decreased muscle tension by over 35% within the first 10 seconds. This study concluded that inverting for short periods significantly increased spinal length and reduced emg activity of the superficial lumbar area musculature of normal males. These findings complemented the clinical observations of several authors.