I love my bruises and burns. Each and everyone of them. I even have a scar on my wrist from my trapeze now. I can't remember how I got it but it's there and I remember it being a little torn up after class.
I fully intended to write this after my previous class but I got home late and the days flew by as I was getting work and chores done while prepping to visit family in upstate NY.
I have been slowly coaxed back into a trick I haven't attempted in years. I stopped for a very good reason but now it's holding me back and I am in a good place to start trying again.
The trick? Forward and backward hip circles.
I stopped trying to attempt forward hip circles several years ago. It kicked off a nasty series of neck pain and the last time I had tried I gave myself terrible whiplash. I also had an experience where I didn't make it around and nearly clocked myself in the FACE with the STEEL BAR. Because of that I started flinching when I tried the trick. I never tried backward hip circles. Although we did attempt to learn them many years back.
Last Sunday, I did a backward hip circle which I don't particularly like but like I am told it is MUCH easier. It really is getting over falling backward and trusting yourself.
I also did my first successful forward hip circle. I didn't land back where I started but I did it. I wound up crashing down on my left arm when my hips lost the connection to the bar and I wound up on my ribs instead of my hips. Thank goodness for my breasts because THEY caught the bar under them. Ha!
So I have this rather gross bruise under my left arm. I am so proud of it. It's my hip circle badge of honor.
I also wound up with a small rope burn on my right collar bone and a bruise on my foot as well. From the previous class I had a nasty bruise on my hip with rope burns on the back, and bruises/burns on my legs. I look tattered at times but it's a sign of me actually working myself and I love it.
I did wind up with some pretty wild neck pain the day after I did the hip circle but, unlike the previous time, it went away fast.