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RETHINKING SHOULDER POSITION IN CIRCUS ARTS

RETHINKING SHOULDER POSITION IN CIRCUS ARTS

Featuring Lindsay Culbert-Olds and Kia-Melinda Eastman (www.KLTrapeze.com), photo byYolanta Birkhāne ​“ARMS UP! NOW, DRAW YOUR SHOULDER BLADES DOWN AND BACK! ENGAGE YOUR SHOULDER MUSCLES!” How many times have you heard this verbal cue in the context of circus arts, yoga, pilates, or dance? I hear this all the time, across multiple movement disciplines. Most of the time, […]

THREE EXERCISES TO COMBAT A CRANKY BODY AFTER HOLIDAY TRAVEL

THREE EXERCISES TO COMBAT A CRANKY BODY AFTER HOLIDAY TRAVEL

​I just spent the greater part of last weekend in cars and airplanes, and my body absolutely hates me. My neck hurts, I have a headache, and my hip flexors are so wound up I can hardly stand up straight. Sound familiar? Here are the three exercises I hit immediately upon arrival at my destination […]

ROTATOR CUFF STRENGTHENING FOR CIRCUS ARTISTS: #CIRCUSCUFF101

ROTATOR CUFF STRENGTHENING FOR CIRCUS ARTISTS: #CIRCUSCUFF101

Artists: Kia-Melinda Eastman and Lindsay Culbert-Olds, www.KLTrapeze.com Photographer: Yolanta Birkhane  When I say “rotator cuff strengthening,” what’s the first exercise you think of?  Those horrendously boring theraband exercises, right?  Yes. Those. Boring band exercises are a great place to start with strengthening your #circusshoulder, but I’m going to operate under the assumption that you already […]

THORACIC MOBILITY: YOUR #CIRCUSSHOULDER’S KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR

THORACIC MOBILITY: YOUR #CIRCUSSHOULDER’S KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR

  Handbalancer: Zoe Jones, www.zoemjones.com, @handstandswithzoe Thoracic mobility to physiotherapists is kind of like coconut oil to hippies…it fixes EVERYTHING. Low back pain? Shoulder pain? Bet your thoracic spine is stiff. Neck problems? Hands ripping? Fear of heights? Time to work on t-spine mobility. If you’ve been keeping up with the circus shoulder posts, you’re […]

THIS LITTLE MUSCLE MIGHT BE SABOTAGING YOUR #CIRCUSSHOULDER

THIS LITTLE MUSCLE MIGHT BE SABOTAGING YOUR #CIRCUSSHOULDER

Aerialists: Daniel Stern (www.acrodan.com) and Shannon McKenna (www.circusshannon.com). Photographer: Juan Luis Gonzales   Your pectoralis minor might just be the evil villain to your circus fairytale….dramatic, perhaps, but true. You could have the perfect injury prevention routine, but if your pec minor is too tight, it will all go to waste. In this post, I’ll start off […]

THE REAL PROBLEM WITH YOUR CIRCUS LATS

THE REAL PROBLEM WITH YOUR CIRCUS LATS

Photo by Amourpropre Photography (@enola_gay); Featuring Mark Keahi (@mark_keahi)  and Jen Crane My last post discussed the basics of latissimus dorsi anatomy, mechanics, and how you know if your lats are an issue in your circus training.  I also shared my favorite test to measure and track progress in lat flexibility.  In this post, I’ll talk […]

LATS: THE “MOVERS” WE LOVE TO HATE

LATS: THE “MOVERS” WE LOVE TO HATE

Every aerialist I know has a love-hate relationship with their lats. We love how they help us scale a 10-meter silk, we hate how they make clothes shopping SO difficult.  An aerialist  (who shall remain nameless) once told me “Its bad. My boyfriend calls me LATniss Everdeen.”  We complain endlessly about how tight they are…especially […]

CIRCUS SHOULDER 101: MOVERS AND SHAKERS! …ER, STABILIZERS

CIRCUS SHOULDER 101: MOVERS AND SHAKERS! …ER, STABILIZERS

Not surprisingly, the most commonly injured joint among circus artists is the shoulder.  A study done on performers in Cirque du Soleil found that this was the case among acrobats, aerialists, and hand balancers; across genders and ages (see details here). ​ Whether you’re a seasoned circus artist or brand new to the scene, there’s a […]