Friday Favourites, 23 October

Well the last week has been a really busy week for me. I was still at the Pole Festival so a lot of my highlights have come from that!

Handstands. As an adult have you tried doing handstands? It is so hard, and so much more technical than I thought it was as a kid! I did a couple of these workshops at Pole Festival, and it was challenging but it was so much fun and I learnt heaps about how to balance in handstands.

Static pole. I have trained on the spinning pole and really haven’t done anything on a static pole. So a couple of the classes that I did at Pole Festival were based on how to make dancing on a static pole “flow”. It’s a completely different kind of movement to what I’m used to and so I felt like I got heaps out of those workshops.

Burlesque. Oh this was a bit of saucy fun indeed. I learnt a few burlesque moves to teasingly take off clothes and put on a nice, tasteful, strip show.

Bruise pride. Every pole dancer knows this one. You talk to the other girls, or your partner or people at work or whatever and you’re like “look at all my bruises! I got this one from doing this trick/this class” etc. There’s a certain level of pride associated with the collection of bruises because hey I’ve been achieving something and doing cool tricks!

Coming home. Despite the fact that I had heaps of fun at Pole Festival, I still loved coming home. For me I just love coming home after a trip and being surrounded by my own things, my own shower and my own bed. It’s heavenly!

Remedial massage. I thought after getting back from Pole Festival that after dancing for a few hours each day that my muscles would be really achy and I’d need a massage. My muscles were actually fine, they didn’t feel sore or fatigued. But I decided to keep this massage time anyway, and oh boy was it painful! My body might not have felt sore but I tell you so many of my muscles were really, really tight so there was a lot of pressure point therapy, but at least those muscles feel looser now, whew.

I hope you all had a great week too, let me know in the comments below what the highlights of your week were.

Take care,

Jas

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Friday Favourites, 16 October – All about pole

Oh my it has been a big week, and it will be an even bigger weekend before it’s all done. I’m at Pole Festival and have book myself into 5 workshops per day, not all pole, some are non-pole workshops but they’re all active classes. Today is the end of day one and I’m sore already. Mind you the last time I did this I was sore but once I started warming up the next day I felt alright, so I’m hoping it’ll be the same tomorrow. I did preemptively book myself a remedial massage for two days after I get back though so I figure that’ll be plenty of time for all the aches to come out so the massage therapist can relieve them a bit! Anyway, on to the highlights of the previous week.

Exotic pole. It was my last class for the term, although the actual last class isn’t until this coming Sunday, but being at pole camp I can’t attend that. So at my last class, the instructor let me film it so I have the whole routine on video so I can finish learning it on my own, yay!

Relaxation massage. Might sound a little backwards but I wanted to have a relaxing massage before going on holidays, and it was one of my favourite day spas that I went to, and the massage was so good I dozed off a couple of times!

Paragon International Championships. I flew up to Coolangatta yesterday and last night the Paragon International Championships were on, and the opening act was Mya performing some of her songs live and then even getting on the pole and doing a couple of tricks which was just so good to see! Below is a picture of Mya making pretty shapes on the pole. The talent of the polers in the competition was just incredible, it was a really great and really inspirational show to see.

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Handstand press. If you’re like me and you haven’t really done handstands since being a kid, they for some reason are so much harder as an adult! I’ve done handstands and forearm and shoulder stands as an adult, mostly against the pole though, doing them without freaks me out a bit, so today I did a handstand class and one of the moves I was able to do by the end of it was a handstand press. Or at least, I was able to come out of the handstand into the press position, but I haven’t tried going up yet. I don’t think that will be too far off for me, I just need to work through my fear of falling out of the handstand first lol. If you have no idea what a handstand press looks like, below is a YouTube clip, if you watch from about 2:14 that’s what i achieved today.

Static pole spins. I learned how to pole dance on a static pole, and it’s only until recently that our studio started doing any static pole classes and unfortunately I haven’t done any of those classes yet, though if I eventually want to perform I should do it so I get comfortable on it. The class I did today was with Marlo Fisken and wasn’t just around how to spin on static, but was more how to keep a flowing move around the pole without stopping. Man she’s just so graceful and fluid, it’s like she’s just caressing the floor or the pole any time her hands touch it, she’s just incredible. A photo of her from the class is below.

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Burlesque moves. One of the other workshops I did today was an introduction to burlesque moves. We got the walking, the glove pulling off, how to take of your dress, all sorts of little tricks to make taking off your clothes a bit more like a sensual tease, rather than just “get your tits out” kind of thing. I had a lot of fun in this class, the instructor was so charismatic and funny.

Shopping! Ok, of course while you’re at Pole Festival you should make sure you buy all the merchandise right? Or at least all the merchandise you wouldn’t normally be able to buy! And that’s exactly what I did…and now I’m sure my bank account hates me, but I’m pretty happy. I bought a tank, leggings, matching crop and booty shorts and new pole shoes. A picture of all my goodies is below.

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How has your week been this week? Let me know in the comments below if there’s anything exciting that you’d like to share.

Take care,

Jas

Throwback Thursday, 15 October – Motel I’m staying in

What’s your preference, a hotel or a motel? For me it kinda depends on budget. Hotels in Australia can be on the pricey side and I find that generally the motels are just as good and for nearly half the price, so when I’m travelling on a budget I go for a motel. Only to a point though…and that point is staying in Australia. Generally you know what kind of quality your own country is going to provide you for the price, and I’m quite ok staying in motels in my own country, but if I was travelling overseas, it would always be a hotel or resort that I would stay in. Mostly because I find the security is better and they tend to have better ratings.

Which is what I’ve done with this trip I’m on at the moment. I’ve come up to Queensland to attend the Pole Festival, and because attending that in itself cost so much money, not to mention flights, I thought I’d save myself a buck and stay at a motel.

IMAG1301How does this qualify as a “throwback” you ask? Well, the motel itself is from around the 1960s I think, and if it wasn’t for the weird salmon pink colour it’s all painted it would be quite quaint. It doesn’t have an elevator, which I think may kill me with all the workshops I’m doing, it was hard enough lugging a 17kg bag up the stairs let alone how I’m gonna feel when my muscles are sore!

On the inside though it’s not too bad, relatively up to date, the bathroom looks like it was done maybe sometime in the last few years at least, and it’s definitely spacious enough, and most importantly it’s clean.

So although the building itself is a blast from the past, at least they have tried to bring it up to the present and have kept it in a relatively good state of repair, and clean.