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  • Bruises on my side when invert

    Posted by cherrymcgee on August 3, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Hi everyone,
    I can spin with the best of them now. I have just gotten strong enough to invert. but here’s my problem, without a abominable wrap to protect my skin, I get terrible bruises on my side and my skin gets stuck to the pole! Which burns and causes more gross, gross bruises. Is this like with pole sitting and the pain will subside after it’s desensitized? Should continue to use the wrap until I’m stronger? I don’t want to halt my progress by waiting until my side heals over and over. Any advice or personal experiences helpful.
    Thanks! https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_rolleyes.gif

    cherrymcgee replied 14 years, 8 months ago 7 Members · 15 Replies
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  • cbr600girl

    Member
    August 4, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Hi! I feel your pain. When I was learning to invert I figured out I was doing it wrong. Instead of gracefully lifting my lower body I was kicking up and it would send my side into the pole really hard. It’s a matter of getting the invert tecnique down!

  • violet

    Member
    August 4, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    As far as inverts go, its a GOOD thing that your side is sticking to the pole. It should be when doing the Gemini/Scorpio etc…. You will bruise a little as your skin adjusts to the pressure and tension but it will subside.

    BUT like cbr600 said, make sure when you are inverting your side isn’t crashing/slamming into the pole. You DONT want that, be sure you are inverting correctly (without a video seeing you I cant tell if you are), but either way i recommend you look at Veena’s Basic Invert video in her "Lessons" section of the site and compare it with your own.

  • cherrymcgee

    Member
    August 4, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Thanks ladies,

    I just learned how to invert so I know that my technique isn’t great. Plus, my strength isn’t all it should be yet to straighten up. The skin feeling like it’s tearing always pulls me back, yet I know that I need to do to stick to the pole. I intend to take some lessons here soon. It’s just that I was bruising so much and I wondered if it was normal. I had to get past the back of the knee pain and the between the legs pain too. That part sucks.

    I’m not going to quit though! This is the only exercise I’ve ever done that just keeps growing and changing with you. For the first time in ages I feel like I am truly challenging myself completely. And despite the negative attitude of some people towards it, it makes me feel sexy as well as strong and empowered. https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_cheers.gif

  • Veena

    Administrator
    August 4, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    That’s fantastic that you love pole so much!! But Oh my…no bruising on your side isn’t something you should experience if your inverting properly. Never kick hard or jump into an invert, this can cause injury to your shoulders and back. If pole is a new form, or only form, of exercise than, its totally normal for it to take a few months to be strong enough to invert safely. Work on strength moves with the pole….I have a bunch in my lessons if your taking them, and don’t rush. Inverting is fun but dealing with injuries that keep you off your pole are not. https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_cry.gif Oh one last thing yeah, your skin should stick to the pole, thats good! but yes its normal to feel pain on your skin, when your trying new moves…..it will get better. https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_cheers.gif

  • cherrymcgee

    Member
    August 5, 2009 at 5:03 am

    Thank you Veena! I want to take your online lessons soon. What I really need is one on one live in person lessons. There is only one place here in Portland, Oregon to do that unfortunately. You see I live in Beaverton, outside of Portland, with school it’s hard to go timing wise. Do you have any connections in the Beaverton area? Yes, I am working hard on my strength. I lift weights and I am doing a lot of body weight exercises now. I just love putting on some music and working myself into a sweat on the pole. I don’t understand why anyone has to be negative about it at all. FYI, you are an amazing pole dancer. https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_thumleft.gif It just blows my mind to see someone do the things you do with such ease. Because I know now how hard it is! Take care! Chris

  • Veena

    Administrator
    August 5, 2009 at 5:25 am

    No sorry I don’t know anyone up there in OR. I barely know of places around the San Fran area, I have only lived here a year, and most of that time I was preggers, working on the site or taking care of my kids, so I’m just now starting to find out all CA has to offer. https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_flower.gif Maybe another member knows of someone?

  • cherrymcgee

    Member
    August 5, 2009 at 8:19 am

    That’s OK.
    I have only 1 child and he takes up a ton of time! Know how it is!

  • skeebee99

    Member
    August 5, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Just a suggestion to help with the burning sensation… I’m imagining that you are wearing just a sports bra or other similar top that exposes your middle when you are poling… Try wearing a tank top- that way you have a lot of skin exposed on your arms and under your arm pits, and you will be using your arms and legs to stick to the pole as opposed to your side.. If you are still bruising yourself when you invert after starting to wear a tank top, then it is very likely that you are not using proper technique to get yourself upside down- you’re either jumping into it or relying too much on momentum. I just read a post by someone talking about being ready for inverting, I think it was called "Am I ready to invert?" or something along those lines… Towards the bottom of the post is a suggestion about how to invert slowly- it might be worth checking out https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_e_smile.gif Good luck!!

  • skeebee99

    Member
    August 5, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    -Can you do a monkey hang?This is the best strengthening excercise for the chopper inversion and if you can do this, you are definitly strong enough to invert! Standing next to the pole in your basic inversion stance, perform a knee to nose crunch while tilting the upper body backward. You should end up upside down in a crouched oposition with the pelvis against the pole and be able to hold this position for a couple seconds before slowly coming back down. Getting your pelvis right up against the pole requires you to use your abs intensely and you will probably have to fight them falling away from the pole and back down at first! Now when I say "tilt back" I do mean tilt back in a slow an controlled manner, using the abs to pull the legs up without kicking. None of this teeter tottering out of control stuff!

    That is the part of the post I was refering to, I think Fleur put it up… I thought it would be easier for me to post it than for you to have to go searching for it https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_e_smile.gif

  • cherrymcgee

    Member
    August 5, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Do you know anyone who has a video of this? Want to make one somebody? https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_question.gif I’m a visual person. https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_cyclops_ani.gif
    I’d give it a go! https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_bounce.gif

  • SissyBuns

    Member
    August 6, 2009 at 12:52 am

    I need to work on that monkey hang because the chopper continues to elude me… https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_e_confused.gif

  • LittleC

    Member
    August 6, 2009 at 1:10 am

    Me too, Sissybuns! I can pull my knees up to my chest, but my abs just don’t have the extra strength to tip back yet. I was able to do it one time, about a month ago, after a good practice when I was really warm – but haven’t since. I’ll keep trying – I want to do it the right way!

  • SissyBuns

    Member
    August 6, 2009 at 1:18 am

    I’m tempted to try the chopper with my husband holding me up and over LOL. I feel like I need to just get it once to familiarize myself with how it’s supposed to be, then I can work on doing it alone. https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_lol.gif

  • cherrymcgee

    Member
    August 6, 2009 at 3:11 am
  • cherrymcgee

    Member
    August 6, 2009 at 7:07 am

    Skeebee99 i’ll try to figure it out. I didn’t see the video. But, that makes sense! Thanks a bunch! https://www.studioveena.com/img/smilies/icon_sunny.gif

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