What is Slacklining?
Slacklining is the practice of balancing on 1 to 2 inches of flat webbing tensioned between two strong anchor points such as trees or pillars. The 'slacker’ can sit, stand, walk, jump practice yoga, meditate... so on and so forth, the possibilities are endless. Acts of balancing have been around there for thousands of years. There are records of performers balancing on thin-wires and ropes high above the ground. These performances can be historically traced to the Roman Empire. It has since then survived in various formats until the modern day version evolved.
Modern day slacklining started in the early 80’s as a balance training and a rest day activity for rock climbers in Yosemite Valley, U.S.A. These climbers were the first to use webbing instead of tight wire and chains to practice their balance. Professional mountaineers, sky-divers, rock climbers, mountain bikers and athletes from many other sports have been practicing slacklining as part of cross training regime. Practicing slacklining gives them the agility, coordination and quick reflexes they need to stay on top of their game.
Since the new millennium, the sport has kicked off to a new level which competitions arising all over the globe. The sport has evolved into various styles, broadly categorized into five formats i.e. 'Tricklining', 'Waterlining', 'Highlining', 'Longlining' and 'Yoga-lining'. The essence of balance remains the same. It has been proved to be beneficial in enhancing concentration levels and developing focus skills. Slacklining is being recommended and used by physiotherapists around the world as a form of exercise to rehabilitate and tone muscles.
Slacklining has various benefits from keeping you physically fit and active to keeping mentally relaxed, engaged and stress free at the same time. Learning how to balance is not only a physical task but a mental exercise as well. Not only is it a great individual activity, but it is also be a brilliant camaraderie development and team building activity. I tend to think of it as a sport for the mind, body and soul.
At Slacklife Inc. we have developed a corporate training programs using only slacklining, it benefits and values. This corporate slack session is designed to teach you the sport of slacklining as well as give you invaluable lessons which you can take back to your daily work life to evolve and grow as an individual as well as a team.
Slackline: The equipment on which the art / activity / hobby / sport of slacklining takes place.
Slackliner aka Slacker: The person who practices the sport of slacklining.
Webbing: The flat rope on which slacklining takes place.
Tricklining: Performing tricks such as jumps, flips and bounces on the slackline.
Waterlining: Slacklining over a water body such as a lake or swimming pool, where a fall leads to a refreshing dip.
Highlining: Slacklining at heights high above the ground, where a fall could result in injury or death. Usually practiced with safety measures to keep the slacker alive to slackline another day.
Longlining: Slacklining on line which are longer than 40 meters in length.
Yoga-lining: Practicing yoga and medative moves and postures on the slackline.