The ‘Smiling Sling’ involves resistance, thrusting, flexion, extension, space and movement. These are all important aspects in toning, sculpting and strengthening the body. It is specially designed and aimed at mothers (fathers, caregivers) and their infants: Their relationship, intimacy and most importantly the physical health and well-being of both the mother and child.
The foundation of a healthy and positive relationship between a mother and their child is built and fortified during the early stages of motherhood. A crucial element in the creation of these strong relationships is the bonding of the mother and child during the initial years. In today’s society the building of a spirited, beneficial relationship between the mother and child is a difficult concept to grasp.
We all know close connection during the early stages of life stimulates the infants’ emotional, mental and physical feelings and trust towards their mother (father, caregiver). This enables the infant to evolve and grow stronger, happier, healthier, more confident and intellectually aware of their environment and people. The special connections this child experiences early in life will also help him/her to absorb emotions and positive perceptions of their physical, emotional and social surroundings.
The specialised program incorporates physical amusement to arouse psychological moments to occur between the mother and infant.
Benefits of the Program:
The prevention of ‘Post-Natal Depression’
Adapting to life as a mother can be very difficult. For many women, having a baby is the most notable life-changing event they will ever experience. Adjusting to this major life change, as well as coping with the day-to-day stress of a new baby, can make some women more likely to experience depression at this time. Postnatal depression is depression that a woman experiences in the months after the birth of her baby. Postnatal depression affects almost 16 percent of women giving birth in Australia.
Quality Nurturing and Intimate Moments between mother and child
New mothers have trouble finding and creating a comfortable, lively relationship with their new-born. This new experience is very daunting for many new mothers and leads them to create secluded, nervous, intimidating relationships and connections with their children. The program is designed to help prevent the creation and happening of these relationships through the advice and work of specialists in both children care and exercise.
Weight Loss, Toning and Strengthening
There is a strong relationship between the mother’s personal sense of involvement and investment in weight loss and getting fit and the potential for succeeding in any weight loss plan. Losing weight can improve health in many ways. Just losing 10% of current weight can make a difference in the way we feel on a daily basis.
Here are some other ways losing weight will benefit health:
Increased energy levels, lowering of cholesterol levels, Reduce your blood pressure, Reduced aches and pains, Improved mobility, Improve your breathing, Help you sleep better and wake more rested, decreases your risk of sudden death from heart disease or stroke, prevention of Type 2 diabetes and Improved blood sugar levels.
Balance and Coordination
Balance and Co-ordination form a key aspect of this program helping to achieve a fit, healthy poised body.
Build muscle, bond with your baby and breast feed!
The 3in1 Smiling Sling encourages fitness and bonding for mums and bubs.
Sydney mother, early childhood teacher and fitness trainer Niki Krstanoska-Blazeska has invented and designed a world first baby sling which allows new mums (and dads) to exercise using their baby as a living, breathing gym weight.
The Smiling Sling means parents can perform a set of bicep curls or leg squats anywhere, anytime, with their infant providing all the weight, resistance and motivation they need!
“I have spent more than ten years training mums and bubs at the gym and find I’m always left holding the babies” explains Ms Krstanoska-Blazeska. “I kept thinking that there had to be a way to do the exercise and keep the baby safe – that’s how the idea for the Smiling Sling came about”.
At just $129 AUD the Smiling Sling features elasticised straps that can be adjusted for resistance training. The sling’s clever design also enables mums to breast feed easily and as the baby grows the sling can be converted into a baby back pack. Importantly the sling has been tested and certified by the world’s leading inspection services firm, SGS.
Dr Catherine Insley, Medical Director of Gynaecare, describes the sling as a fabulous innovation that has the potential to improve not just the physical health but also the mental health of new mothers.
“Early, safe resumption of exercise is hugely beneficial in preventing the onset of chronic disease and depression. The sling promotes a gradual increase in strength as the baby gains weight and its convenience means that exercise is now more accessible and more likely” explains Dr Insley.
Physiotherapist and mother of two, Naomi Tosic has just started to use the Smiling Sling with her 11 week old baby boy Quinn. “My very first workout was amazing. The next day I could feel all the muscles I hadn’t used in my arms and legs but the thing I love the most is how interactive it is. I’m able to talk to Quinn and play with him while doing my exercises.” As a physiotherapist, Naomi gives the sling her full endorsement. “The sling is adjustable which means it caters to mums and bubs of all shapes and sizes and the design encourages good posture and helps to switch on core muscles”.
The Smiling Sling is sold with a user guide and an instructional booklet as well as a resistance band which is designed to strengthen the upper body. Outdoor exercise classes led by Niki Krstanoska-Blazeska will soon be available to Sydney mums.
For media enquiries please contact Niki direct on: 0406 558 709