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June 13, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 186

Most of us - at least men, anyways - have this kind of deluded fantasy. You know the one: you've retired after many years of tough work and you've finally managed the cash to buy a nice home with a big property. There's tall oak trees surrounding you and everything feels... peaceful. In this fantasy there's a large hammock swinging from two of the tall trees and you spend your long summer afternoons sitting and swinging from it. Time seems to stop, or at least condense, and you feel content. Sure, this kind of fantasy seems a bit too ambiguous and likely never is as grand and glorious as it's made out to be. Still, hammocks are a great way to relax outside (in a very non-fantastic way).

One of the biggest reasons why hammocks have become a staple in many urban environments is because they come with an array of health benefits. Not many people know this, but there are many different ways a hammock can ease back and neck pain of an individual. How? By laying perpendicular in a hammock you can relieve some of the pressure off your muscles - this is sort of a 'suspended in air' technique that is used by many doctors. Because hammocks are not a finite object - in other words, they are very dynamic in how they move - they adjust constantly to body position of an individual. Essentially, it allows the muscles of the body to relax and allows for more consistent blood flow.

One of the biggest killers in this life is mental stress. Stress is deadly because it is the unseen - it is our own body turning on itself, something which mainly a consequence of mental instability. Therefore, hammocks are used by many therapists to help patients relax - and ultimately relieve this stress. The swinging and spinning motion of the hammock stimulates the cerebral cortex and increases an individual's ability to think and focus. Furthermore, this kind of relaxation technique has been extended to yoga and meditation. The use of hammocks relieves what are called 'pressure points' and helps relax the muscles in your body even further.

In summary, there are three main health benefits of using hammocks. They can be used to help reduce back pain, to help increase concentration, as well as create a place for yoga and meditation technique. Oh - and I suppose it may fulfill that fantasy of yours, too.

Loren Taylor writes for Pro Home Stores which is a leading internet retailer of all things soothing. A large selection of water fountains, bean bags, fireplaces and other products to help bring serenity to your life.

A Fabric Hammock is the ideal accessory for relaxation. For more information on hammocks or to purchase one please visit: Hammock Pros

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