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  • Will it always hurt??

    Posted by poletrickster on December 31, 2009 at 3:47 am

    Or does it get better with time? I have been working on sitting and thigh holds and it burns SO bad I just wanna say forget it but if I know the pain will subside in time then I will keep on pushing.

    SaschaPoles replied 14 years, 3 months ago 9 Members · 10 Replies
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  • faerie9

    December 31, 2009 at 9:49 am

    No it won’t always hurt
    Its never going to feel wonderful and there may well still be some discomfort – but it really does get manageable

    As your body gets used to it it will improve. Also. Once you’ve mastered a move your body will be in the right place and your muscles will be stronger so that makes it more comfortable!

    Hope that helps

  • Mary Ellyn

    December 31, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    For some people and some moves you will experience no pain at all at some point. I really think it depends on how long and how often you’ve been doing it.

    When I first started I was doing a shoulder mount before I could sit the pole. It actually took me six months of practice before I could even get my legs to hold myself in position!

    The pain from sitting is most often based on a couple of possibilities….either your sliding or twisting the thigh skin from not correctly getting the exact position for your thighs so that your skin is pinched or you’re getting pole burn…or your not engaging your muscles at the point of contact and now the muscle is crushed between the pole and the bone.

    I dont even feel pain from the knee hold any longer…I never would have believed that was possible when I first started doing that move!

  • carriej

    January 1, 2010 at 12:22 am

    Yeah, it will go away. I used to try to sit for a couple of seconds and my thighs would burn so bad I’d have to fan them off and hop around the room. Now it doesn’t hurt at all and I could just stay there all day. It’s the same with a lot of moves when you first start doing them. I recently was learning a teddy and the inside of my arm felt like fire and needles every time I’d even try but then it just kinda slowly started going away and I got it.

  • azriel

    January 1, 2010 at 2:24 am

    yup everyone’s right! the pain does decrease significantly! however, i still feel lots of pain when doing a new move that requires pressure in a body part that hasn’t been used in the same way for another move. But that decreases with time & practice too. Keep at it & it will get much better!!

  • SissyBuns

    January 1, 2010 at 2:53 am

    I agree with everyone else. It will get better.

    Pole sitting was so hard for me when I first started. I had to work on it alot. Don’t fret, you’ll get there. Give it time.

  • polergirl

    January 1, 2010 at 3:27 am

    What will happen at some point–for some moves it’ll be sooner, for others later–is that you’ll find your "sweet spot." I was super fortunate with the pole sit and found it right away. Same with the peter pan (??I think that’s what wikipole calls it). I couldn’t understand why all the other women at the studio complained about the pole sit so much! It never, ever hurt. But I got kinda spoiled by that, and now it totally irks me when I don’t find the sweet spot right away lol.

  • StellarMotion

    January 2, 2010 at 11:29 am

    In addition to the excellent comments everyone else has already made, I want to share that my thigh holds had stopped hurting some time ago and recently began hurting again. I feel there are a couple of vital reasons for this.

    1.) As the weather has cooled significantly the air has become dryer, which means my skin is liable to be dryer and therefore more vulnerable to friction burns.

    2.) I usually do my poling when the steam radiators at my apartment are on. This means that extra humidity is in the room at that time and the pole is liable to become very warm at the higher parts, and these factors can lead to extra skin irritation from pole friction.

    Just tonight, TrophyWife asked me to try the Allegra in chat for the first time. One gets into this move from Scorpio. Just from the five or six Scorpios I did to get into the Allegra while I was practicing it, I now have visible thigh bruises which are sensitive to the touch! In other climate conditions I feel like my thighs can take any amount of abuse, though. So chances are in addition to being newer to pole, that the weather and room conditions can contribute to pole related pains too.

    Veena gently reminded me that its important to use moisturiser on my typically dryer skin, to help protect it and also to help with grip. So I use some moisturiser after every bath or shower, and also if I think about it I moisturise a little a few hours before I plan to get on the pole, which gives me enough time to absorb all the moisturiser and rub off whatever cannot be absorbed, so that it doesn’t leave my skin slippery and make my poling dangerous.

    It can also help to get off the pole for a few minutes to let it cool, so that it isn’t quite as sticky. During that time you can practice some floorwork and transition moves, do some stretching and flexibility training while your body is very warm, or just to have a glass of water to help keep yourself hydrated during your pole workout! Pole dancing is very tough on the skin, so taking some extra care of your skin to thank it for all it does, not the least of which being helping to keep you on the pole, is smart and may help improve your pole experience!

    And if all else fails, the season will change and probably be more accommodating to your poling. I expect you and I both will hurt less come Spring, and by next Winter even though there may be some sting, you’ll be less vulnerable than you were this Winter.

    Also your type of pole can be a factor. I’ve heard Veena saying that she loves her new titanium gold finished X-pole, but that it leaves her with friction burns sometimes. I’m using a Chrome finished X-pole at home. But when I took my X-pole to a nightclub to perform on it recently, in a very cool, somewhat humid condition, I didn’t hurt at all. It only hurts me at home! I think weather and climate control variations have everything to do with pole pain. Maybe you can experiment with your heating/cooling at home to see if modifications to it change the feeling of pole on your thighs. I’m thinking of trying to keep a space heater nearby when I pole so I won’t have to rely on the steam radiators, for example. Good luck and please don’t give up!

  • poletrickster

    January 3, 2010 at 3:50 am

    lThanks so much for the replies everyone. Stellarmotion~ My pole room is a freezer for some reason no matter if the rest of the house is 72 degrees my pole room is in the 50’s and 60’s I think it definitely does have something to do with the pain I am experiencing b/c I tried a friends pole and could pole sit without any pain and then when I came home and tried it it hurt again. What kind of lotion do you use? I have been afraid to use any lotion for fear of slipping off of the pole. It makes sense that when your skin is super dry you do not grip the pole as easily so I think I will try some moisturizer and find a way to get my room to be warmer.

  • polergirl

    January 3, 2010 at 4:07 am

    Corn Huskers lotion is oil-free and is what I use on pole days. On days where I won’t be on the pole (OK, there aren’t very many of those…..), I moisturize as usual and think it helps me stay a bit stickier on pole days. Skin that’s too dry is every bit as slippery as skin that’s too oily, IME.

  • SaschaPoles

    January 3, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    when i first learned the superman from veena, it hurt SO BAD!!!!!!!!!! oh my GOD i never felt such pain before!!! but after awhile your skin toughens up and the pain subsides….no worries, it wont always hurt!

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