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TELL ME HOW YOU *REALLY* FEEL

TELL ME HOW YOU *REALLY* FEEL

Featuring Janelle Dinosaurs OUCH. ​Imagine this familiar moment:  you’re in an aerial/stretching/acrobatics class, and a student is trying a new skill. “Ow!” they say, “that hurts!” ​ This scene is the root of a series of several articles Janelle Dinosaurs and I are writing together to address the spectrum from “discomfort” to “full blown injury” as […]

WHAT’S THE #1 PREDICTOR OF GETTING SURGERY FOR BACK PAIN?

WHAT’S THE #1 PREDICTOR OF GETTING SURGERY FOR BACK PAIN?

Contortionist: Caty Mae, Instagram: @catymaecircus  ATTENTION: Circus artists with back pain! Here’s a REALLY interesting (and SCARY) statistic on the NUMBER ONE PREDICTOR of if your have surgery for low back pain…. WHAT?! Yep. The number one predictor is HOW MANY SURGEONS ARE IN YOUR ZIP CODE!!  Surgeons like to do surgery. What’s the second predictor? Whether […]

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 […]

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 […]