Expert Testimonials

Balance

“GET A BETTER CORE WORKING WITH BELLICON REBOUNDERS…”

Pilates Instructors Kimberly And Katherine Corp, Pilates on Fifth, NYC

The bungees provide a gentleness that other rebounders just don’t have.

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“THIS MIRACLE PRODUCT CAN FIT ANY AGE GROUP…”

Dr. Jean-Paul Pianta

Palmer College USA, President of the German Chiropractic Academy

The Bellicon is in my eyes the best possible product to exercise efficiently.  This miracle product can fit any age group. It eliminates the negative effects of gravity encountered in walking and running. At the same time, the pressures are profitable for the ossification and the building of bone density.

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jean_paul_pianta_252Later in life when the cartilage, tendons, muscles and ligaments start to lose their elasticity, there are no negative micro-traumas on the various joints because of the gentle bouncing that absorbs the body weight.  For children, it helps their neurological development and coordination in space and balance.

Regular use of the Bellicon provide movement and stimulate mobility for all structures of the body, as logical consequences plays a positive role against premature aging, stiffness and slows down degenerative changes.

We highly recommend the BELLICON.

“HIGHLY ELASTIC MINI-TRAMPOLINES–SUCH AS THE BELLICON–PROMOTE REACTIVATION OF UNDER-UTILIZED SENSES…”

Dr. Dieter Breithecker 

Director of the “Federal Institute on the Development of Posture and Exercise”, Wiesbaden, Germany

A mini trampoline with highly elastic bands can make a big difference when it comes to restoring balance, no matter what a person’s age. Take, for example, the bellicon mini trampoline: it’s special importance in the context of “good back health” has already been recognized by a quality seal of approval it received from the non-profit “Campaign for Healthy Backs.”

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“As director of the Federal Institute on the Development of Posture and Exercise, Germany, I meet more and more people of all ages who are struggling to maintain social- emotional and physical equilibrium. A significant underlying cause is rooted in our hectic, over-stimulated daily lifestyle that renders our bodies unable to integrate sensory input.

Accomplishing basic tasks these days relies heavily on visual and auditory input. This is causing a shift in the “balance of sensory information” away from vestibular proprioceptive function.

Our bodies contain an extensive detection and transmission network that governs our spatial perception. This network is resident in the inner ear, joints, muscles, and tendons. If it is not functioning smoothly, we become unable to maintain proper posture and coordination. Perhaps more disconcerting are signs that difficulties in our brain’s ability to track bodily motion can impact our overall physical, mental, and emotional well being.

The lack of a “balanced diet for the senses” is evident in the inability of 35% of children aged 4-17 years to keep their balance while attempting to walk two or more steps backward on a 1.25-inch wooden beam. In a test where subjects were asked to balance for one minute on a T-shaped rail, 86% of girls and boys could not do this without putting their foot on the ground. The older the child, the more prevalent these results.

A mini trampoline with highly elastic bands can make a big difference when it comes to restoring balance, no matter what a person’s age.

Take, for example, the Bellicon mini trampoline: it’s special importance in the context of “good back health” has already been recognized by a quality seal of approval it received from the non-profit “Campaign for Healthy Backs.” This trampoline’s highly elastic bands enable joint-friendly walking, running and jumping, the very kind of motion that improves the complex muscle capabilities associated with posture and balance.
Highly elastic bungees enable gentle and even amplitudes while bouncing. This motion serves as a basic activator of vestibular proprioceptive functions (ability to maintain balance), and thus awareness of one’s own body, as well as the ability to coordinate movements. There is plentiful scientific evidence demonstrating the importance of vestibular proprioceptive triggers. These stimulative processes are an important factor in brain plasticity. They improve the one’s overall metabolic condition, and enable a higher level of adaptation and processing in the brain.

In recent years researchers have used advanced imaging systems to demonstrate that motion and its corresponding sensory mechanisms (vestibular proprioceptive functions) contribute to the release of neurotropic (nerve-cell-protecting) substances by regions of the brain. These substances enable preservation and function of neurologic structures while promoting nerve metabolism.

In addition, self-paced exercise on the Bellicon trampoline is very well suited for achieving “inner balance.” Every living being continually strives for “inner balance” to promote overall well-being. Scientists use the term homeostasis to characterize this tendency toward equilibrium, seen in constant adjustments to maintain a stable state. This means not only physiological adaptation processes, as seen, for example, in elevated blood pressure and pulse when climbing steps, but also self-regulation for the balance of mind and soul.”

“WORKING WITH BELLICON IN THERAPY…”

Andreas Sperber

Physiotherapist and therapeutic head of the Schwarzwald clinic in Germany

The Schwarzwald clinic in Bad Rippoldsau has now been working with the highly elastic mini trampoline Belliconfor four years.  In the context of group therapy (where 13 units are placed in a circle), as well as individually personalized instruction, training is very effective with these new trampolines.  The participants are enthusiastic about the softness and vitality, the feeling of bouncing, the dynamic switch from take off to landing and the many exercise alternatives. In the beginning, the feet are actually securely kept in contact with the mat when bouncing.

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Andreas_Sperber_242Using music in time to the beat, this form of exercise therapy is very easy to follow even for those who “dislike”, or are not used to, exercising. When we, the therapists, then explain how to use and benefit from it, the patients are very quickly convinced of the effectiveness on many levels. This is plainly the most important basis for successful training that can then be continued at home.

agr - healthy backThe positive acceptance of trampoline bouncing and the feeling of pleasure when taking off and accelerating is the result of emotional experiences we collected as children which conditioned us. Even after many years, we connect to this feeling again. It literally produces a smile on our face, something which we therapists always enjoy seeing.

Preventive training with the bellicon trampoline.

The Bellicon® from the Bellicon company is equipped with highly elasticised, individual rope rings and therefore provide a very gentle and soft way of training. As the trampoline can also be delivered with support handles, it can safely be used by older people as well.

Even after training for only a short time, health benefits can be observed. Due to repeated acceleration and deceleration, the muscles are permanently tensed and relaxed. These impulses of pressure and pulling accelerate our metabolism and lead to better maintenance of the tissue structure.

Cardiovascular system

Although training with the trampoline doesn’t seem very strenuous, it provides very effective cardiovascular exercise. Pressure is determined by using the Borg scale which ranges from one to ten. After five minutes, participants were asked to check the intensity of pressure they were experiencing. Regular checks prevented overstraining. Total training time is maximum 30 minutes.

Muscle building

Trampoline training is a very effective way to build muscles. Due to the changing forces of acceleration, all muscles are reactively innervated. The increased gravitation force produced by deceleration boosts the eccentric muscle activity. The pelvic floor muscles also benefits from the changing acceleration forces. Our posture improves due to vertical force against gravitation.

Joints and intervertebral discs

Both the joint cartilage and inter vertebral discs are only nourished by forces of pressure and pulling. With- out adequate exercise the cartilage loses its substance. The reason why training with the highly elastic trampoline is so advantageous is because the pressure on the joints remains minimal due to the highly elastic ro- pes, whilst the pressure on the mu- scle sheaths provides the joints with good stability.

On the one hand, the segment stabilising muscles work synergistically with the Ms. transversal abdominals to stabilise the torso, on the other hand the exertion and then easing of tension provides these muscles with oxygen, so they don’t lose their ability to relax.

Even after a vertebral disk operation the Bellicon® is used for individual therapy. Wide legged bouncing with torso control is less stressful than walking. This way the possibility of straining can be controlled and resistance built up.

fun on rebounderImmune system

The pump function of the skeletal muscles accelerates the lymphatic system which is also responsible for our immune system.

Weight control

Training accelerates our metabolism greatly. It is also responsible for an improved peristalsis and thus easier digestion. One should also know that fat can be burnt with only moderate exercise, especially with the gentle training that the Medi-Swing provides. ”Power training” only burns the easily available carbohydrates and by no means helps to reduce weight.

Balance and equilibrium

Our unstable standing platform provides a consistent check of our equilibrium. Especially to prevent falling, this coordination training is very important. Our muscles ability to react increases and takes care that, for instance in icy conditions or when tripping up, the body learns to use its reflexes adequately.

Regeneration and stress reduction

The reduction of stress hormones occurs mainly through exercise and breathing. Regular tensing and relaxing of all the muscles works like a massage on the inside: breathing becomes quieter, more even and deeper.

Through improved blood circulation, the ability to regenerate is accelerated, similar to the footballer “cool down” after a game. The ability to concentrate is remarkably improved after training.

Lust for life and increased self confidence

Light depressions can be treated by physical activity and without medicine. The crux of the matter lies in the length of training and stamina: with this illness an effect is only seen after several weeks. What works best is light endurance training spread out over a longer period.

We recommend bouncing to music, using songs that the patient has loved in the past, whether rock, pop, jazz or classical. They should accompany him or her during the daily training session.

Short sessions of exercise give the feeling “I can do it”. These successes are extremely important for the next step. They convey positive life- and self confidence. And that which gives you pleasure also becomes a habit.

BELLICON:  SUITABLE FOR THE AFTER TREATMENT OF PATIENTS

Wolfgang Placht, Therapist Instructor

“As physio-therapist/alternative practitioner I’ve been working for 20 years with the mini trampoline in single therapy, and for 18 years I’ve given seminars for therapists and trainers on the subject of therapeutic work on trampolines.

It is particularly suitable for the after-treatment of patients, prevention and fitness. Almost every physical challenge is easier after exercising on a trampoline. Especially in the area of after-treatment of orthopedic and neurological diseases, as well as after-treatment of invasive surgery, we experience amazing results with trampoline therapy.

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Two years ago I learned about a totally new trampoline device from Bellicon that exceeded our wildest expectations. With it you experience a whole new bouncing feeling. The workmanship, high quality and unique design convinced us completely. In comparison, previous trampolines’ springs seem rigid, stiff and inflexible.”

Bellicon Trampolines offer great, individual bouncing variations to match any weight type. Therapy and fitness experience a whole new dimension. We are certain that the future lies in Bellicon devices.