Anya Romanova is an ice skating prodigy. She inherited her passion for skating from her mom who is an ice-skating coach. Together, they dream of winning the Olympics. To achieve that dream, Anya needed to be the cream of the crop because becoming a gold medalist isn’t an easy feat.
To be the best, Anya trains for up to 30 hours a week. That’s over 4 hours every day while still having to attend school. The hours of relentless practice for years have given Anya a bad back.
When national qualifications came around, Anya felt a dull ache along her back. She decided to ignore it. With years of practice and her dream on the line, Anya was determined not to let anything stop her.
When it was time for her to land a jump in her performance, she felt a searing pain shoot up her spine — like a car blazing down a highway. It caused her to lose balance and crash onto the ice.
The on-site medical team rushed her to the hospital and the doctor casted light on the severity of her tender back:
“You’re just 16 but your back is like an 80-year-old’s. You need to stop all physical activity before it gets worse and you’re stuck with a career-ending medical problem.”
Anya was devastated to learn that she could not skate, let alone compete.
From medication to physiotherapy, to acupuncture and chiropractor sessions. But none of them worked.
She almost considered surgery until one day, her mom’s fellow coach friend contacted them after hearing about Anya’s predicament. She said:
“Back troubles are unavoidable for everyone. Some comes with age, others with accidents. Skaters especially are prone to suffer stress fractures in their backs. Thankfully, I discovered something that could relieve the discomfort.”
Eager to share her experience, she explained how the AetraStrap™, an aerial yoga hammock, can soothe back pain.
“The idea behind it is simple — inversion therapy. By inverting yourself in the air, you are able to alleviate pain in your back and hips as 80% of your body mass is taken off your bones and joints and placed onto the aerial swing.”
“The aerial swing presses back into deep knots and connective tissues like a personal massager, relieving sores and aches. The relief is immediate with effects lasting for hours.”
“Plus, you’ll feel revitalized and energized because once your body is off the floor, your endorphins start rolling, naturally releasing ‘happy’ hormones, leaving you in a great uplifted mood.”
“The best part is, with the AetraStrap™, it’s super convenient! I carry a few with me during competitions so that my skaters and I can relax and stretch our limbs whenever and wherever we want, saving hundreds of thousands from similar sessions in a yoga studio.”
“It may sound too good to be true. Even I didn’t believe it at first but ever since I had a car accident last year, my back’s been acting up. It affects so many body parts when you have a bad back. This hammock saved me.”
Trying out the AetraStrap™, Anya was taken aback by the fantastic results.
“After doing a few exercises on the AetraStrap™, I felt immediate relief. I could feel the release of tension in my back.”
“3 days later, my movements became effortless, pain-free, and graceful! I became more flexible—I didn’t even need to reach for the ice packs afterwards!” – Anya
Anya’s doctor was shocked by her speedy recovery. Within a month, Anya was given the green light by the doctor to skate again.
“The feeling of being back on ice and performing a show after so long… It brought me back to the magical moment when I first glided on the ice; I didn’t feel any discomfort.”
“In fact, I felt like my back and core muscles had become stronger. Landing jumps and spins became smooth and effortless after using the AetraStrap™.”
“My mom was in tears as she watched me skate again.” – Anya
Using the AetraStrap™ for 15 minutes every day, Anya became limber. She was able to tackle more complex moves without struggle, improving her technique leaps and bounds.
Once the next national qualifier series came around, she succeeded to earn a standing ovation from the crowd and judges. She had combined both elements of aerial yoga and figure skating in her free skating segment, creating “Aerial Ice Skating”.
With the beautiful performance, she qualified for nationals, triumphantly advancing another step closer to achieving her Olympian dream.
“I know I have many years left in me and, I can guarantee, you’ll see me skating until I’m forced from the ice.” – Anya
Ditch those crutches and stand up tall.
What do you have to lose besides feeling like you’re over 80?