As we have had a very busy summer shipping Mayan hammocks to many customers who may be inexperienced or unfamiliar with their use, I dug up this old gem of an article from sometime back to help you get into the swing of things:
I see it every day at the store; and I know I have to do something about it. It all starts with simply knowing how to use a Mayan or Brazilian hammock, a skill, humble in conception, yet apparently fiendishly difficult to comprehend for many of my fellow Americans.
It starts with the fact that most people think they should align themselves with the long hanging axis of the hammock. In so doing they end up assuming the general shape of an unhappy banana. Since this happens even after I have coached them to lie in the hammock at a diagonal, and right in front of me, I have concluded that I need to publish a step by step guide. So below is my patent pending walk through of a lay down in a Mayan or Amazona style hammock.
• First assumption is that the hammock is installed properly according to the instructions given elsewhere.
• Secondly these instructions are for the larger Mayan hammocks. For smaller hammocks some fairly obvious adjustments will need to be made.
• Step one: stand next to the center, or lowest hanging part of the hammock, facing away from it, and reach back and grasp a handful of the far side of the hammock and lift it up over your head.
• Then grasp the front of the hammock with your other hand and sit down in the middle.
• Then gently lay straight back into that bunch of hammock you are holding over your head.
• Now swing your feet up in and stretch the hammock out to the full distance between your out stretched hands and feet, making sure you are centered in the hammock and that you are perpendicular to the hanging axis of the hammock. Your head should not be hanging over the edge, nor should your feet.
• For some people Nirvana is already happening. But if you plan to sleep in the thing and/or reach the zenith of comfort, you now move slowly toward the hanging axis of the hammock until you find a sweet spot that supports you evenly. This will be approximately a 45 degree angle off axis in the larger hammocks, and maybe a 30 degree angle in some of the narrower ones.
• Move around, don’t be bashful, the hammock will conform to you. Give it a shot.
• Once you are used to how the hammock supports you, you can move around into any type of free form position that you like.
The above directions, of course, are for the beginner in the path of hammock enlightenment. Veterans will find their way to the doorway of bliss, in a manner of their own devising.
Author Tom Sloane has devoted years to the study and development of improved hammocks, and countless thousands of hours in the testing of Mayan hammocks. Visit Seaside Hammocks where your host, Tommy Hamaca, will guide you to the perfect hammock for home or garden.