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Slacklining General Information
Benefits of Slacklining
- Strengthens your body and mind
- Calms your mind and improves your attention and focus
- Improves your breathing and general health
- Enhances your core balance
- Enhances your body coordination
- Improves your flexibility and agility
- Provides you with smoothness of motion
- Promotes relaxation & well being
- Used in physiotherapy for muscle memory and strengthening
- It’s a lot of fun!
What is Slacklining?
Balancing has always been an activity practiced by human beings since ancient times and in different forms. Indeed, finding your balance is not only good for your body, but is also beneficial for your mind and spirit, and Slacklining is the perfect sport for achieving that harmony. However, more recently, it is believed that Slacklining has its origins in Olympia, Washington when two rock climbers, Adam Grosowsky and Jeff Ellington, started walking on loose chains and cables. Progressively, new techniques and materials were designed and improved, and the sport began to be defined more and more with the use of 1-inch climbing webbing. Nowadays, Slacklining has become a new and dynamic sport that includes many variations of tricks, webbing used, materials, purposes, etc. The 2-inch slackline has become more and more popular due to its easy-to-use characteristics, especially when combined with a ratchet system, allowing one to set a slackline in a very quick 5-minute timeframe. Slacklining is now a very popular sport, not only on the west coast, but also in Europe, Latin America, Australia and all around the world. Slacklines are made of very resistant and flexible materials, usually polyester webbing, due to the high tension used in the set up of the slackline. Slacklining can be considered an extreme sport and involves elements of high risk of injury and even death; however, there are not many cases recorded for such incidents, perhaps due to its relatively new category of sport. However, if practised in a safe way and following the recommended instructions, guidelines and common sense, Slacklining can be a very enjoyable recreational activity that can strengthen your body, mind and spirit. As a matter of fact, many slackline adepts call Slacklining “meditation in movement”. As well, one can also practice yoga or tai chi on the slackline, and even meditation. Due to the evolution of this sport and its dynamic characteristics, it is common to see two or more kinds of slacklines based on the activity one wants to perform. For instance, beginners or people who want a steady and more “solid feeling” prefer a stronger slackline such as the Sunyata Line; for quick learners, those who want to perform tricks, or prefer a more “dynamic feeling”, Puma Line is a great option. Whatever slackline you choose, make sure you follow all the guidelines and recommendations in the manual before you start using a slackline, as that could prevent injuries and/or death. Contrary to what most people think, Slacklining is not a difficult sport, and you only need some patience, motivation and practice. Most beginner slackliners are able to walk the whole line after only a couple of Slacklining sessions.