Wellbeing for Aerialists
Updated: Jul 24
In the world of creative expression, there can often be many opinions on what looks "good". In particular for aerialists, there are unique challenges like finding routines that match your energy levels and goals or adapting poses that work for your body. The word "accessible" is not usually the first word that comes to mind when you think of trying the recreational circus art, but it is not this artform itself that you need to consider, but the way it is taught.
From the evolution of the human mind, we understand that thoughts evolved to help us compare ourselves to others in order to ensure we fit in with the group,
as groups had a higher chance of survival in older times. However, in the current day, comparative thinking can often be maladaptive, and rather than helping us survive, it instead causes us anxiety, worry, stress and even burnout.
Some ways this might appear to an aerialists is thinking about how
often you are should to train, or how flexible you should be, what your body type should look like or how often you should be posting on social media. This might be the influence of socio-cultural norms or our own experiences, but there are ways to overcome critical thoughts and beat burnout so we can return to class with full enjoyment
Recreational aerial arts is a great way to bond with your community members, learn something exciting and challenging, as well as find your own creative expression and movement that you are fond of. With all things new, we might initially find some aspects unfamiliar or difficult but that's what instructors are for, with the best being those who are inclusive, accessible and there to support you.
We are happy to be working with Aeria Studio Hong Kong to host this Wellbeing for Aerialists Workshop series in celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month on Saturday, the 20th and 27th May from 1pm to 2pm.