Let's explore four common slip-ups (and my personal pet peeves 😉) that tend to sneak into our aerial practice. These are the little things that might not grab the spotlight, but they can make an impact on our progress and safety.
As aerialists, we understand that staying mindful throughout our routines is crucial, and sometimes, we all fall into habits that we might not even realize. That's where this tip comes in handy – whether you're an enthusiastic student or a dedicated teacher, I have a feeling you might just resonate with this tip!
Curious to learn more? Dive into the video below for all the insights:
#1 - Ditch the Swing - While this could very well be a choreographic choice, many aerialists swing without realizing it. Stay steady. Avoid accidental collisions and enhance control by starting directly beneath your rig point and try not to jump up on your silk to initiate a climb.
#2 - Gentle Landings - Eeek, this one could cause a injured ankle, a slip or a fall. Ask yourself, would you come down that way if a mat wasn't under you? Get in the habit of lowering all the way to the mat with control. I've seen it happen firsthand where aerialists misjudge how high they are, plop down and end up with an injury that could've been avoided.
#3 - Swing-Free Inversions - Easier said than done! While swinging does very well make it easier to get over and can be appropriate in certain skills, many swing without realizing it. Allowing yourself to swing is only cheating yourself later. Practice your inversion with the hammock knot aiming to pause in hollow body at the bottom to kick the habit. It'll be difficult, it'll take time, but you'll thank yourself later!
#4 - Supported Splits - Avoid placing excessive strain on your knees and ankles. Elevate your splits by keeping your legs and feet engaged and well-supported. If your back knee is bent and lacks support from your quadriceps, it can lead to unnecessary pressure on your knee. Similarly, if your back foot is angled unnaturally (sickled), it disrupts your split alignment and adds strain to your outer ankle. Prioritize maintaining a slightly higher split position with strong and supported legs and feet.
Remember, aerial isn't just about nailing those skills and tricks; it's about the whole experience – how it empowers you, the joy it brings, and the sense of accomplishment you gain.
I'm here to support you on your aerial journey, helping you stay informed, as injury-free as possible and eager for your next training session!
Aerially yours, Jill