Bruises, Pole Kisses – come hand in hand with pole, most especially when your a total newbie. I firmly believe that if you ain’t bruising, you ain’t doing it right!
And if you do get some good ones, then we should wear them like a badge of honor as they represent achievement.
But that’s not for everybody and some people just bruise like a peach, ending up looking a bit battered and unsightly.
So here are our top 5 ways to treat a Pole Bruise:
You can’t beat a bag of frozen peas, wrapped in a tea towel.
Apply to your pole kisses for about 15 minutes or so.
The theory is, that this will cool down the damaged blood vessels, control the blood leakage and reduce the swelling.
Take Arnica tablets, or other herbal remedies recommended for bruising – we have another blog HERE citing the top 5 herbal remedies for bruises.
Apply Arnica cream or gel directly to your bruise. Be liberal.
You can buy Arnica cream or gel from any health store like Boots or Holland & Barrett, but as always, try to source natural products in their purest form by going to a decent herbalist shop. Better, purer quality means a more effective ointment.
After about 24 hours, grab a herbal heat pack and apply to your pole trophy, again for about 15 minutes or so.
That said, moist heat is apparently better – so this is a great excuse to mong out in a hot bath or spend time in the jacuzzi.
If you do go to a jacuzzi, sauna or hot tub – you can double the benefits by stretching IN the jacuzzi – this was a top tip given to me by famous pole star Becca Butcher, as the muscles naturally respond better in the warmth, making it easier to achieve deeper stretching safely – get flexy!
Any excuse to laze around is always welcomed I’m sure but in this case resting the affected area is beneficial.
The more you move about, walk, run, jump – The more the bruise develops, so it’s a good idea to avoid putting extra strain on the area if you can.
And finally ….