The Airwalker Swing offers a totally different bodily experience of suspension and weightlessness akin to womb-like safety and comfort. Your children and children's friends will spend hours bouncing, spinning, hanging, sailing through the air, or just resting inside Airwalker.Specially designed Spandex sack that can be suspended from either a properly installed ceiling bolt or a swing (using the Safety Rotational Device sold below). Heavy, 9oz, stretchy material provides enough resistance to allow children to bounce and move, or just lie still.The Airwalker Swing now comes standard with our Swing Rotational Device allowing for smooth and spinning. The Swing Rotational Device is a strong and durable safety rotational device that works on many of our ceiling mounted swings or apparatus. Connect the Swing Rotational Device to our Beam Eyebolt Installation Kit using our Safety Connector. It's 9000 lb. (40kN) MBS (maximum breaking strength) gives you piece of mind and its sealed ball bearing will keep it operating smoothly for years.
Suspended from a properly installed ceiling bolt or swivel board with eye bolts, Airwalker's unique design of heavy, 9-ounce, stretch fabric provides the feeling of being airborn and deeply held at the same time. The cocoon-like design provides a total body pressure that not only feels good, but builds muscular strength, coordination and balance. Being suspended creates a heightened relationship to gravity, which stimulates the vestibular system responsible for balance and coordination. After moving or resting in an Airwalker a child or adult can feel more alert, relaxed, and energized. Because of Airwalker’s versatility, positive body experiences abound that increase self confidence, risk taking, and motivation. And... it's just plain fun!
Children may be totally enwrapped, laid out flat, sitting, standing, or with another adult or child inside.Airwalker Swing includes:
Recommended Ceiling Height:
Swing Rotational Device allowing for smooth and spinning
Colors vary (no color selection available).
Standard Airwalker Swing - 120"
Types of Stimulation the Airwalker provides:
- Tactile/ Whole body, deep pressure (enhances dopamine receptors in the brain that results in better focus, motivation and impulse control ) The elasticity of Airwalker's fabric helps establish body boundaries and bodyself development which contributes to self esteem and spatial awareness.
- Proprioception/ Muscles, tendons, ligaments moving against resistance (fires seratonin receptors which effects a more positive mood and ability to experience pleasure) Many therapists have children push, pull, lift, or carry heavy items in order to contract and compress muscles and joints. This enables the brain to use vestibular input effectively. Airwalker's unique qualities provides this resistance and pressure without the risk of joint injury.
- Novel Activity....(fires norepinephrine production which promotes sustained attention) Children may be totally wrapped, laid out flat, sitting, standing, or with another adult or child inside. The height of Airwalker in relation to the floor is also adjustable creating countless motor planning activities.
- Vestibular, Sensory/Motor and Sensation Slow movement activities in an Airwalker are calming and organizing for the nervous system. Well-modulated vestibular activity is very important for maintaining a calm, alert state. An under active vestibular system contributes to hyperactivity and distractibility.
- Dimensions: 60"L x 43"W
- Supports 150 lbs.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Why is the Airwalker Swing used and how is it different from other swings?
Both therapists and teachers love using the Airwalker because it is so good at promoting sensory integration, coordination, muscular strength and spatial awareness. The Airwalker is a specially designed, Spandex sack that can be suspended from either a properly installed ceiling bolt, or a swing frame. The Airwalker has a resistant, cocoon-like fabric which provides a total body pressure that, not only feels good, but also gives tactile feedback that contributes to positive body image and self-esteem. Being suspended creates a heightened relationship to gravity, which stimulates the vestibular system responsible for balance and coordination. The Airwalker shields the child from being seen by others creating a feeling of safety fertile ground for creative play. The elasticity and strong support can help build muscle strenght through specific exercises described in this guide. The versatility of Airwalker promotes positive body movement experiences that instill self confidence, risk taking, and motivation. Plus, it’s fun! Children may be totally enwrapped, laid out flat, sitting, standing, or with another adult or child inside.
What type of activities can be used with the Airwalker Swing?
STRENGTH BUILDERSThigh Builder
Adjust the height of Airwalker so it is easily accessible from the ground and your feet can just touch the ground. Sit half-way back into the fabric so your legs are bent with feet near the floor. Use one leg, then the other, then both, to push and bounce off the ground. Variation: If your Airwalker is close to a wall you can swing and push off the wall with your feet. Variation: Stand in Airwalker, hold up high on fabric, and use your legs and arms to bounce while standing.
Lie flat out, face down to the floor, using the material like a sling around your torso. Your hands should touch the floor. Bend and stretch your elbows to push the floor away while the Airwalker supports your body.
Abdominal and Torso Strength and Flexion
- In the push-up sling position, alternately jackknife and arch backwards creating torso flexion and extension. Then "fishflop" side to side creating lateral flexion. Moving against the resistant fabric will build strength and elasticity in the muscles.
- From a sitting position, hold edge of fabric with both hands, lean back slowly while wrapping legs around fabric. Slowly return using abdominal and torso strength. This can be performed close to the floor or in mid-air.
MOVEMENT TASKSAround The World
Adjust height so you can stand on floor and bring upper body through sling so it wraps around the chest and under arms. Keep your feet in the center like a compass point and make a full circle around by leaning your body forward, keeping it absolutely straight, and pushing with your legs. Try using one leg as the compass point. variation: try looping your arms through the Airwalker, or harder yet, hold it with one arm hooked over, while performing "Around the World".
In the "Around the World" position use your legs to run, push, and squat while you "fly" through the room. Adjust the height of Airwalker so you can lift your legs and feet without bumping the floor. Airwalker From sitting straddle use your arms to pull to standing placing each foot on fabric edge. Once balanced, you can walk on air or "see saw" pushing forward and back into the fabric.
Instruct or assist child in sitting up and bringing both legs out of fabric so that they are straddling it. Child holds on with hands and may rock forward and back by pressing and pushing body into fabric. Adjust height closer to floor so child can bounce by pushing floor with legs and feet
Two In The Sack
Put two children sitting back to back in the Airwalker. Instruct them to shift positions together so they feel each others weight and make necessary adaptations to remain in balance. Allow them to experiment finding ways to counterbalance each other while they change to different positions
GAMESAround The World Tag
Child performs around the world movement while trying to tag others as they run by.
Two Headed Tag
First child gets in fish flop position. Assist second child to get in fish flop position with head and arms coming out the other end and legs and feet straddling bottom child. Once positioned they can either try to tag the other child's arms or use two soft, small therapy balls to tag the other.
On Top Of The World
While enwrapped in Airwalker place a medium to large size therapy ball underneath child so that they can work at finding a balance point sitting or lying on the ball. A more advanced version is to use the Airwalker as a sling under arms and chest while trying to stand and move feet on the ball. variation: beginning unicycle riders can use Airwalker as a sling around chest and under arms to begin finding the moving balance point.