Coming Prepared for an Aerial Class will allow you to get the most out of your Aerial experience.
The number one rule of all aerial practice is NO LOTIONS! Please refrain from applying lotion at least 8 hours before attending an aerial class. A firm grip is very important when working on an aerial apparatus, applying lotion prior to class will not only affect YOUR ability to grip the apparatus but could also leave behind a slippery residue, which would effect the practice of other students sharing the apparatus and therefore effecting EVERYONE'S safety. If you are a massage therapist or for whatever reason cannot avoid using oils or lotions prior to class, please consider purchasing gloves with grip. Contact Babe's Playground for more info on the gloves.
Most aerial classes have a dress code that students should adhere to for safety. ANTIGRAVITY classes require students to wear long leggings or pants and to have their armpits covered to prevent chaffing. For Intro level POLE students it is recommended but not required that students wear shorts to expose the back of the knee for grip. Beginner level POLE requires students wear shorts that expose their inner thighs for grip. Intermediate and Advanced POLE students are required to wear shorts that expose their inner thigh and a crop top or sports bra that exposes their mid section, and armpit for grip.
ALL AERIAL STUDENTS (with the exception of antigravity students) are recommended to have warmup clothes (sweats, leg warmers, etc.) and to bring a refillable water bottle and sweat towel.
HEALTH CONSIDERATIONS: Contraindications / Precautions
ANTIGRAVITY: Whenever one is exercising the body, the process is one of building up, breaking down, and repairing. The objective is to break down tensions and scars in muscle tissue fiber, while creating more flexibility and elasticity in the joints and muscles. It is also to refresh the systems of the healing body without causing any additional harm. Often, one comes to yoga class in order to bring about healing that can be encouraged by this technique. However, sometimes their body is already in repair mode as they go through a healing crisis and requires monitoring by a health professional. Listed below are some of the more obvious contraindications that one should be mindful of:
Recent Surgery (esp. shoulder, eyes, back, hips, hand, wrist)
Irregular Heart function
Very high or very low blood pressure
Easy onset Vertigo
Recent head injury
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Botox (within 6 hours)
While participating in AntiGravity techniques, you will be required to sign a waiver. Should you choose to participate despite contraindications, please carefully monitor your own resistance. Listen to your body and know you are welcome to stop and be still at any point. Your safety is our very first concern.
Approximately 1% of the population experience vertigo to the extent where they cannot practice this technique. Plan to feel a bit dizzy after inversions or swinging while your blood flow is being refreshed and your body is recalibrating. This is a natural occurrence. Go to a resting posture (such as Floating Child’s Pose, Chillax, Plum or BackLean) and breathe, it will soon subside. The more you practice, the less this will occur. If you are uncomfortable for more than 10 seconds, lie down under the Hammock or go get a drink of water. Vertigo is a very real sensation for many people who suffer from a mild form of dyslexia that makes them uncomfortable when their hips are over their head. If this sounds familiar to you, go at your own pace and make your instructor aware so that you can receive extra attention.
HEALTH CONSIDERATIONS/ ALL OTHER AERIALS
While there are currently no specific contraindications for Aerial Silks, Aerial Hoop or Pole, students should always inform the instructor of any previous injuries, recent surgeries, or any health considerations before starting an Aerial class. If you have any health considerations it is highly recommended that you seek approval from your physician before taking an aerial class. It is also your job as the student to pay close attention to your body's abilities and needs and to MONITOR YOUR RESISTANCE to prevent injury or aggravation of a previous injury. Remember these classes are meant to be SAFE, FUN, and CHALLENGING...IN THAT ORDER!