ESSENTIAL HEALING TREATMENTS FOR AERIAL ARTISTS
Being an aerialist we are all too familiar with the burns, rips and bruises associated with our art. In fact we generally see them as trophy for our level of pain tolerance. Basking in the ferociousness that our body could push through that very rip tear and handle that giant bruise. But it does pay to be kind. We need our body to be in tip top shape so that we can keep pushing the boundaries and limits of our flying fiascos. So, here are a few of my essential healing treatments for aerial artists.

Ban the Lyra bruises

Bruising treatment: Yes those beloved Lyra kisses! We are proud of them but let’s face it it’s going to give us down time on that hip knee elbow or anywhere else it may be! I am a big fan of Procure Bruise Remedy + Arnica. Not only does it wipe beaten bruises out in a matter of days you can use it to help reduce fluid behind the knees which can be a little uncomfortable from single knee drills. It also has a handy foam applicator so you can just swipe it on with no mess. Good for me as I already house one toddler of destruction in my house I need all the help I can get! If you are an Aussie flyer you can use Hirudoid cream which is found at your local pharmacy.
As you can see I had an accomplished Saturday lesson below:

  Essential healing treatments for aerial artists - Ban Lyra Bruising

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.

 

Do you have any great tips or tricks that you do to ease your aerial wounds? If so make sure to share your essential healing treatments for aerial artists  with us in the comments below.
Big thanks to BFA images for shooting the lovely Andrea Mason from Flying Colors Aerial Yoga  with me.
If you liked this post share it with a friend. If you want to read about more self care tips check out my post on: How to layer for Lyra training. Prevention is better than a cure. 
Fly high!
Vanessa.

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