Author: Tiny

LATENESS …

‘How to’ – Be late for pole class & our policies on it all.

I came across this article the other day, which – via hilarious stick men drawings, explains the inner workings of what goes on inside the brain of a person who is chronically late (hands up me).

It got me thinking about lateness in general, how it affects pole, and our three basic rules about being all tardy. Continue reading “LATENESS …”

Top 5 Natural Remedies to Heal Bruises

Take a trip to your local dispensing herbalist…

**Important** 
Before taking any new supplements or making new diet changes, you should always consult your GP and dispensing herbalist.  OBVS. 

Bruises, Pole Kisses – come hand in hand with pole, most especially when your a total newbie. Continue reading “Top 5 Natural Remedies to Heal Bruises”

HOW TO: Treat a Pole Bruise

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.

Continue reading “HOW TO: Treat a Pole Bruise”

DIET: Eating to prevent bruising

Prevention is better than cure …

**Important** 
Before taking any new supplements or making new diet changes, you should always consult your GP and dispensing herbalist.  OBVS. 

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 un’s, 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.

This could be because you are deficient in Vitamin K, or C, and a simple diet change could make a huge difference here.  But of course – speak to your GP about that as – I’m no Doctor!

Alternatively, you could talk to your local dispensing herbalist.  If you live in or near Chester, we like the people at The Groves Herbalist shop in Hoole.  They’re cool.

Either way, it’s generally a good idea to get your vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients from a good, balanced diet – naturally, as diet plays a role in both the prevention and healing of bruises.

Here are 7 diet changes you can easily make help prevent pole bruises:

Continue reading “DIET: Eating to prevent bruising”

Exfoliating & Moisturising

By now you know …

That once you get past beginner level, more and more pole moves require lots of skin contact on the pole.  It’s not all about muscle, it’s about technique!

Learning the technique however, and being able to hold the poses on the pole depends on having GOOD bare skin contact.

Skin that’s too dry:

Equals crap grip.  Dry, chalky, under nourished skin just utterly fails to grip the pole.

Skin that’s too clammy:

Whether it’s because of sweat, products on the skin or over-moisturising also equals crap grip. Slippery slip slide n slop.
So how do we look after our skin without committing the cardinal sin of pole?

‘Thou shall not moisturise on day of pole’.

By looking after it in-between your pole sessions, by doing these three simple things … Continue reading “Exfoliating & Moisturising”

The 30 Day Squat Challenge

Whatever size you are … Killer legs and curvy butts.  That’s what we all want right?

It’s not that pole doesn’t work my whole body and keep me firm – IT DOES!  But like any form of fitness or dance – it only works if you’re consistently doing enough of it and although I love pole, I am not an ‘athlete’, I am a normal person – just like you … and just like you, I don’t train every day, or even as often as I should, I’ve done sweet FA over the Christmas holidays and now my butt has gone from perky and rounded to well … a bit flat and generally sad looking really. Continue reading “The 30 Day Squat Challenge”

Get A Griiiiip!

Extra Grip for slippery pole dancers!

In most cases, if you get slippery, sweaty hands when you pole, it’s something that gets better with time, especially when you have mastered the moves that at first made you panic and sweat.

That said, if you’re trying to learn a tricky move or you need to be on top form for a performance in a hot room, just wiping your hands down and keeping the pole clean might not be enough.

We have covered tips on how to prevent slips on the pole (you can see them HERE), but sometimes, you just need to CHEAT!  And reach for a grip aid!  But which is best?  Different ones do different jobs, and all are useful in different ways so it’s best to try and sample each if you can to find out what works best for you. Below is a quick guide of products you can try and how they work. Continue reading “Get A Griiiiip!”

Pole Products: Antiperspirants

For super sweaty hands & hyperhydrosis, we recommend first washing your hands and drying them thoroughly (sounds a bit obvious but easy to forget!), then maybe trying one of these products … Continue reading “Pole Products: Antiperspirants”

Pole Products: Grip Chalks

Chalk is used by climbers to help them stick to rock faces, but it’s also great for helping you stick to your pole. Climbing shops sell chalk in blocks, as balls and as a liquid.

Liquid chalk is the best for pole dancing as you won’t have any problems with dust. Just rub a little on your hands (or thighs) and allow it to dry before jumping back on your pole! Be careful not to use too much liquid chalk, or you’ll end up with unsightly white patches on your skin.  You can just buy any brand off ebay, but the ones we recommend are specifically designed for pole dance.  Continue reading “Pole Products: Grip Chalks”

Pole Products: More Grip Aids

Sports grip aids are traditionally designed for tennis players and golf players to help them grip the handles of their equipment of course – but there are some products in this market that have been an absolute godsend for pole dancers!

Of all the available brands, these have been tested the most by pole dancers and have been rated highly all round.

There are now of course some pole sport specific products available too, most of which using either beeswax or sugars as the main ‘magic’ ingredient, they are often found to be organic, all natural, great smelling, no residue products designed for pole dance. Continue reading “Pole Products: More Grip Aids”