I know, of course that I’m not. And don’t take this to mean that I haven’t been poling, because I have. I’m still working full-time, in school full-time, and once a week go pole with Samantha. I’ve had a lot of things going on in my personal life, too, getting rid of an old boyfriend who wasn’t contributing to our relationship, getting a roommate who’s turned out to be one of my best friends (got her addicted to pole, too), met a new guy who’s become my boyfriend, and spent months working to rehabilitate my adductors which finally got too bad to stand.
My roommate Jessie, after some coaxing, has finally gotten addicted to pole just like I did. I’ve taught her basic strengthening exercises, and she can successfully climb, Cupid (on the floor), Dip Spin, Fireman Spin, Back Hook Spin, and Pole Sit. When we have days off from work together, we now both go to Samantha’s to play. And I’ve discovered that I LOVE to teach. I love seeing her succeed, seeing the joy that lights her face when she gets it, and the sheer FUN of slinging herself around the pole. She says to me, ‘You make it look so EASY!’ and I just laugh. I remember just a few short years ago when I was in her shoes. I never imagined I’d get to this point, but here I am. And I love it.
I haven’t made a lot of progress personally, lately. In late June, I injured my right adductor so badly that it hurt for days, and had issues with it for weeks after, unable to straddle at more than a 90 degree angle. I went from just fine to severe sharp stabbing pain in a matter of a couple of degrees. It was at that point that I started going to a massage therapist for rehab. She worked on me every other week for two months (if I could have gone more often I would have) before I felt back to normal. She did muscle stripping and cross fiber friction along with other techniques to break up the scar tissue that’s built up in my adductor muscles and the surrounding connective tissue. This, along with regular stretching and strengthening exercises, restored the elasticity to my muscles. I’m not 100%, and I had a setback the end of September when I did a sidekick and my adductor decided it didn’t like that movement and I again hurt for days. So I’m back to rehab, stretching and strengthening, getting massages when I can afford them and otherwise doing pole moves that don’t require contortionist level flexibility. Unfortunately, from what I’ve been told, since I have scar tissue in the muscles, I will always have to be extra careful with them, and make sure I regularly stretch and strengthen to maintain the elasticity and flexibility. With this more than anything, if I don’t use it, I lose it.
But I’ve been working on some back flexibility stuff this summer with Samantha that was great fun, if not always successful. We can both successfully perform forearm stands, and lower down into a full scorpion pose. We even tried chest stands one day – not fun. I don’t think I’ll ever be doing that again. And the flexibility in my legs is coming back. Very slowly, but it is coming back. I’ll get there. I just have to be careful and patient – not two of my strong suits.
I’m also noticing my lines are cleaner than they were last year, and pointing my toes has become almost second nature. But enough for today. I’ll write again soon, I promise. I have a new pair of shoes to show you!