HAMMOCKS AS THERAPY FOR AUTISM IN CHILDREN
The vestibular system plays a significant role for a person with autism. This system balances us as we move and orientates us within our surroundings. Think about a time when you’ve woken up in an unfamiliar place (first morning on your vacation for example) – your vestibular system will use sensory perceptions to try and coordinate itself. This can often be stressful, especially for those who may have some form of vestibular dysfunction.
Hammocks are a special tool that helps to soothe children and improves their balance. The natural swinging motion of a hammock is beneficial for those who have issues with their sensory system as it works to restore the vestibular system. Furthermore, the cocooning of the hammock around their body gives an added sense of security and comfort.
Hammock chairs are ideal therapy tools for children with autism as the swinging motion is more prevalent than in a standard hammock.
Hammocks have also been used to treat symptoms in children who have ADD/ADHD and even Asperger’s.
TOP 5 MENTAL HEALTH BENEFITS OF A HAMMOCK
It’s easy to prioritize other things over your mental health. People often put off protecting and promoting good mental health habits. If you’re struggling to make time for a bit of much-needed self care, though, the answer might not be too far off.
Here are 5 of the top benefits to your mental health hammocks have to offer.
1 - BETTER SLEEP
As we mentioned above, gently rocking or swaying in a hammock is highly conducive to a good night’s sleep. It’s a time-tested technique, with a hammock offering the logical next step. A well-designed hammock adjusts and molds to your body perfectly while providing support, so you can relax and heal. After spending relaxed time in a hammock, you awake energized, refreshed, and ready to tackle the day.
2 - IMPROVES BLOOD CIRCULATION
Your upper body stays slightly elevated when you’re in a hammock. This allows for better blood circulation to your head, which can help clear frustrating congestion, improve blood pressure, and reduce toxin build-up in your body. You might even notice clearer skin!
3 - BETTER MENTAL FOCUS AND CONCENTRATION
This ties in closely with getting a better night’s sleep. When you’re well-rested, your brain has time to properly recharge and refocus itself. A good night’s sleep can do wonders for your productivity the next morning. But beyond that, the vestibular system’s processes help your mind focus itself, removing distractions.
4 – REDUCED PHYSICAL STRESS = IMPROVED MENTAL STATE
The aches and pains of the day can be quite literal. Have you ever had a particularly stressful day or week culminate in getting sick, or having to deal with a suddenly stiff set back? Your mental state directly affects your physical state! Headaches, upset stomachs, and even muscles can be caused by too much stress. Get rid of it with a hammock, metaphorically and literally! Hammocks have no pressure points, letting you truly relax and let go of aches and pains.
5 – REDUCE STRESS
All this adds up to reduced stress. Hammocks aren’t a magical band-aid fix for your mental health woes, but they are a wonderful escape and a great way to detach and focus on the here and now, instead of everything weighing you down. Consider curling up in a hammock with a good book, or put a record on to gently sway to. Grab a coffee, tea, beer, or glass of wine, and give yourself a break—you deserve it.