I have found that many people are not maximizing the use of their new hammocks as they lay down on the wrong way: I found the perfect diagram at the Huffington Post, which clearly demostrate what we mean:
This is the ideal way to lay down in a hammock. It could be any style of Hammock: Solid Materials, like our Ecuadorean Hammocks or Mexican Hammocks. Laying down diagonally will give you a better estability as you will be spreading your weight throughout the hammock, allowing it to shape in a naturally way to your back. This way will also keep the hammock open, preventing it to cocoon you.
When people come to the shop: their first reaction when trying a hammock is: to jump in, (like the image on top that says NO): Up and Down, this makes the hammock look like a banana; we then show them what is the ideal way to lay down in a Hammock (like the image which say: YES) and people is always pleasently surprised to see how comfortable this becomes.
So now you know: next time you see a hammock: Jump on it and lay down in a diagonally way: Just like the Mayans in Mexico still sleep on their hammocks.
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