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Sunday, November 29, 2015

7 Perfect Presents for Aerial Silk Dancers

aerial silk dancersLooking for some guidance to buy a gift for the aerialist in your life? Miss Fit Academy can help. As Nashville's premiere Aerial Boutique, we have first hand knowledge of the kinds of things aerialists neeeeeeeeeeeed to LIIIIIIIIIIIIIVE and practice their craft properly.
Looking for some guidance to buy a gift for the aerialist in your life?

Rigging
 Aerial silk necessities will run a dancer $200-$250, so it's not a small investment. Any little bit helps! Often you can find gift certificates to use towards the purchase. low-stretch fabrics are choice for beginners, but medium-stretch is ideal for more advanced performers. Bear in mind that some silks can come in hammocks, but a full length silk can be converted into a hammock.

A Home Pull Up Bar
They're gonna' need it!

Leotards/tights
There's a reason we often see aerialists in full length body suits. You want fabric that covers the back of your knees and probably a shirt that covers your midriff, or expect it to ride up. Don't even think about shoes, because they come off before anyone gets off the ground. If your dancer is into shoes, try pole dancing or hoop dancing!

 Also, cute clothes like...

aerial silks shirt
Buy here!
Rosin
 Rosin is great if you love a particularly sweater dancer. It creates an amazing flypaper effect on the fabric. Rosin is basically pine sap, so it's easy to understand how it might aid in grip. It's wonderful when working at altitude or learning a particularly hard trick, but it's also easy to get addicted to. A little will go along way!

This Phone Case

aerial phone case
Brought to you by Zazzle, this is an iphone 6 cover is universal. Others are out there for different models.


Membership to a Studio
You can learn anything on the internet these days, but consider the benefits of a trained professional; they will ensure that you stretch properly, teach to each individual, and follow important safety protocols. Never underestimate how crucial a spotter can be. :) At least, that's how we do things at Miss Fit Academy. We would love to see you, if you live in the Nashville area. If not, then a quick google search will point you in the direction of your local circus school. The internet isn't useless, after all. :)

- written by JLK
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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Science Proves That Dancing With Others Is Good For Your Health

A recent study published in The Biology Letters has shown that dancing in synchronicity can benefit your health. This is something that members of Miss Fit Academy have known for years. You think we make this stuff up? Humans are naturally susceptible to music.  Even babies tap their toes and wiggle to a good beat. When we dance together, we fuse as one into a collective whole with an energy greater than the sum of our parts. “When we watch someone else do the same thing at the same time as us, our brain ends up with a merged sense of us and them. It feels like we ‘become one,” the study concludes.

Psychology supports this further. Mirroring is something humans subconsciously do in social situations, often with close friends or family. It establishes a below-the-radar rapport with another person, enabling a closer connection.

All this together has shown to increase pain tolerance and promote social bonding through increased hormones, although the authors do acknowledge that their study only touched on gender variants and focused on one cultural group.

Low-exertion effort also showed a heightened pain tolerance, but the special cocktail of high exertion and synchronized movement proved to show the best results.

- written by JLK

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

5 Weird Perks of Regular Exercise

We all know that regular exercise will result in a toned body and better cardiovascular health. But there are benefits to staying active beyond maintaining muscles, five weird (often seemingly) unrelated perks are enough to motivate anyone  to get their sweat on...

Research shows that regular exercise can be as effective as antidepressants

Specifically, as quoted from the March 7th 2012 World & News Report,

"Burning off 350 calories three times a week through sustained, sweat-inducing activity can reduce symptoms of depression about as effectively as antidepressants... What's more, animals studies have found that getting active boosts the production of brain molecules that improve connections between cells, acting as a natural anti depressant."


pole dancer
It doesn't even feel like working out!
  •  Pole Dancing, Hooping, and Silks will help prevent osteoporosis.
 All weight bearing activity will increase bone density, thus inoculating often high-risk women against osteoporosis. But why lift dumbbells over and over to get the health benefits when you could have tons of fun learn some back-up circus skills in the process? :D

  • Women who exercise report more orgasms

 Who would have thought that a sex-thing would be one of the five weird perks of regular exercise? As it turns out, our abdominal wall and pelvic floor muscles are attached. During abdominal exercise, squeezing your abs is also contracting pelvic floor muscles to help stabilize your body, that contraction can often lead to the Big O. and if you wanna' make orgasming sound really boring just call it a "pelvic floor contraction." :) Sexologist Jeffre TallTrees recently told The Daily Beast,  "When women engage their PC [pubococcygeus] muscles, the tissue around the g-spot swells, which can lead to climax." Anything to stay motivated!

  • Regular exercise will net you a higher salary 
 This is nothing new, but until recently scientists thought this was more of a correlation than causation. But one study imparticular published in the Journal of Labor Research found that people who exercise at least 3 times a week make 9% more than their sedentary counterparts.  A 2007 study found that obese women make a staggering 18% less money than those who had a healthy BMI.

  • Exercise can make you smarter
 Brain decline begins in a persons late 20s. Even moderate exercise, like walking, can slow this deterioration. This last weird perk of regular exercise isn't so weird. It's just a healthy body making a healthier brain. Slightly more vigorous exercise can reverse the loss of cells all together. Exercise can also help impulse control and improve memory. The mind-body connection is strong. and whatever is good for the body will be good for the mind!

- written by JLK


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