Picking the right hammock is not always easy.

MAYAN HAMMOCKS:

Cotton Mayan hammocks are the most comfortable of all and the XL #6 is the best size. You will need a minimum of 11ft between trees or posts at 6.5ft high. For a longer distance you will have to hang the hammock higher. For more strength and a kid friendly hammock pick the THICK CORD hammock. Cotton hammocks cannot be left under the rain and it is recommended to store them when not in use. Hammocks from HAMMOCK YUCATAN are all handmade in Mexico and recognized by the Fair Trade Federation.

(Visit hammockyucatan.com for specs.)

ABOUT HAMMOCKS

From a centuries-old snoozing sling to a modern day symbol of comfort and relaxation, the humble yet versatile Hammock has come a long way!

The origin of the hammock is believed to date back some 1,000 years, to Central America, where the Mayans and other indigenous peoples crafted them out of tree bark or plant fibers. Suspended beds prevented contact with the dirty ground and offered protection from snakes, rodents and other poisonous creatures. According to accounts by 16th-century explorers, people would place hot coals or kindle small fires under their hammocks to stay warm or ward off insects as they slumbered.

Columbus and his men were the first Europeans to experience the hammock when they noticed their widespread use among the Taino people of the Bahamas. They brought several samples of the woven sleeping nets back to Spain. During the colonial era, Spaniards and other Europeans brought cotton, canvas and other cloths to the New World, many of which were eventually used by traditional hammock weavers along with more time-honored materials.

In the United States, hammocks had caught on both as a leisure item for wealthy families and as a cheap, practical sleeping solution for frontier farmers. The first known mass producer of hammocks opened in Pawleys Island, South Carolina, in 1889 and since then, hammocks have only become more popular.

A recent study conducted by a team of Swiss researchers has offered a scientific explanation for the longstanding global hammock craze. The team found that a swinging motion synchronizes brain waves, allowing people to doze off faster and attain a deeper state of sleep. Their results also support the ancient—and still very much alive—tradition of rocking children to sleep.

HAMMOCKS AND HEALTH

Hammocks are not just for relaxation, but have many health benefits too! Medical research has revealed that the angle of recline on a hammock is not just good for the spine, but it also facilitates easy breathing and improves the quality of sleep. Maybe it's just the slow, soothing rocking motion that reminds grown-ups of being in a parent's arm. Check out what hammocks can do for you!

Sleep better in a hammock

A new study suggests that swaying in a hammock will not only help you fall asleep faster, but also make you sleep more deeply, than napping on a stationary bed or couch.

Swiss researchers monitored the brain activity of 12 men during a 45-minute nap on a stationary bed and a nap of the same length on a gently rocking bed designed to simulate a hammock. It was found that when they were in the “hammock,” the men drifted off to sleep one minute faster on average, and entered a deeper stage of sleep more than three minutes faster than when they napped in the still bed.

Increase Concentration

The swinging motion and spinning motion of the hammock stimulates the cerebral cortex, thereby increasing a person’s ability to focus and concentrate. It is said that the swinging and spinning benefits impatient readers too, by helping them concentrate. The hammock would be perfect for anyone who suffers from lack of concentration or focus.

Relieve Back & Neck Pain

Lying in a hammock can help relieve some of the pressure off your muscles. The hammock adjusts and moulds to the weight and shape of the body perfectly, providing support to the body and removing pressure points. This lets the muscles of the body to relax and allows the blood to flow to all body parts… helping the body to relax and heal. Watch this page for more such health updates!

Fair Trade Federation Member

Cielo hammocks are recognized by the Fair Trade Federation. They went through a rigorous screening and accreditation process to become a Fair Trade member. We see our Hammocks as an instrument of change in the communities we serve. The Mayan communities of the Yucatan, where we strive to empower indigenous mayan women and marginalized communities. We are not only having a tremendous impact on the artisans in our network but we are also offering great products to the public.

About Fair Trade Federation Membership:
"Fair trade is an approach to business and to development based on dialogue, transparency, and respect that seeks to create greater equity in the international trading system.

Fair trade supports farmers and craftspeople in developing countries who are socially and economically marginalized. These producers lack economic opportunity and often face steep hurdles in finding markets and customers for their goods.

Fair trade is much more than just trade. At the core of the fair trade model is a direct, cooperative, and in-depth relationship between buyers and sellers that keeps all of the principles of fair trade at the forefront."

What Does that Really Mean? When you buy Fair Trade products, communities are improved; nutritional needs met; health care costs are covered; the poor, especially women, are empowered; the environmental impact of production, sourcing, and transport is mitigated to the fullest extent possible. Such an impact is created because Fair Trade approaches development as a holistic process”.  www.fairtradefederation.org
About B Corp

Certified B Corporations meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, legally expand their corporate responsibilities to include consideration of stakeholder interests, and build collective voice through the power of the unifying B Corporation brand. As of September 2016, there are more than 1,860 Certified B Corporations from over 130 industries and 50 countries. 

The change we seek:

The south of Mexico is the most impoverished region of the country and we are committed to making a long-term social and economic impact. Only 50% of children continue past middle school education. In addition, most of the working age population can only communicate in Mayan and 25% have no formal schooling.

CIELO is not just a hammock brand; we are an instrument of change in our home region looking at transforming the lives of the weavers and to provide opportunities for their children.

We are a Sustainable, Holistic, Empowerment (SHE) network. The primary focus of our efforts are the indigenous Mayan women in our network who represent 90% of our weavers.  We are looking to empower more women as heads of households but also as entrepreneurs and instrument of change in their communities.

Generating employment in a region that historically has been marginalized creates a ripple effect of economic stimulus for the community.  Our non-profit arm, Fundacion Cielo is looking to expand our local impact. Cielo Foundation is designed to end the inter-generational poverty cycle in the Mayan communities of the Yucatan. Every summer, with the help of #volunteers, we work on programs mainly in Heath and Education.

You can be part of our efforts in the Mayan communities of the Yucatan, visit Cielo Foundation website.

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