ImaginAerial Duo Lyra
I’ve done my fair share of spinny acts, most often with a bucket offstage in case of “too much of a good thing”. Love web, lyra, single point trapeze and other spinning apparatus but afraid of the throwing-up factor?
You should be, it’s very real. Here’s how to get off to a good start and keep your cookies where they ought to be!
First, some fun info about why we throw up when we get too dizzy. A doctor I met a few years ago in a trapeze workshop had an interesting answer: poison. Apparently, a number of poisons make your head spin and disrupt your orientation, so your body’s natural response is “Aw, hell no! Get that OUT of here!!!” And there you have it – you cast up your accounts and live to see another day.
Whether that’s true or not, it can be a real drag to have to sit out half your aerial class with your head between your knees. So here are some things that may help:
- Ginger (my personal fave is the Trader Joe’s crystalized stuff). Eat a bit before class and see what happens!
- Experiment with closing your eyes. This makes me more nauseated, but I know some aerialists who swear by it!
- Fix your eyes on your apparatus. Don’t try to spot the way you would in dance, you’ll look like you’re having a seizure. Just focus on your hoop or rope.
- If focusing doesn’t help, try this! Blur your focus as much as you can (this one works well for me).
- Start slow and keep at it. The more you spin, the greater your body’s ability to acclimate – don’t give up! Be persistant and think of the pounds you will have lost in a few weeks!
Bottom line? Rome wasn’t built in a day. Spinning the way we do simply isn’t natural, and your body will let you know in a dramatic fashion! You can and will get used to it – just keep a bag handy while you learn. If you’re a spinning apparatus enthusiast, what works for you?
Written by Laura Witwer (http://www.laurawitwer.com)