Ban the Lyra bruises
Ease the aerial silk burns
I still remember my first silk burn, I accomplished my very first single knee slide and bam a burn behind my ankle. I still have a nice little darker tone there two years later to show for it. Let’s face it, burns don’t feel good, especially if your a rookie in a singlet and cop a burn under the armpit ouch! To help heal the burn and take away the sting use Neosporin. It even helps with scarring but let’s face it we know your into that :P.
Healing skin rips and tears
Let’s face it skin rips hurt. Some times our hands become so callused that we don’t even notice them when they happen but they will surely give us a sting later once a little moisture hits that rip. I am a fan of not training on major rips, I do get rips all the time from my inability to remove my wedding ring but I have learned to live with that. If you are still wanting to train before the rip heals you can use a product called New Skin. It dries quickly and creates a protective layer against dirt and bacteria. It is flexible, waterproof and it will let the wound breath. Now being so wonderful as they are, they can’t handle such twists and turns from a swing on the bars. So what do you do? Cover the rip with gym tapes or tape grips.
Post Performance and Recovery
Make sure you take the time to stretch and cool down! Think of it as part of your contortion training. Not only will it make your muscles more supple and flexible they will feel less sore the next day! I am a big fan of Myofacial release. This can be done with massage balls and blocks. I personally use the a range of massage balls and I heat them up or chill them. This set is great because you have the option of a smooth ball and a gripped ball. Depending on what muscle group you are working on you may need a gripped massage ball to really get in there. Think the top of your quadricep where it meets your hip. Yep right there it gets sore from loading all that weight from our straddle inversions. The gripped ball really does the trick! The peanut does wonders on the ITB that ever so tight band that always needs a good stretch and the psoas.