Freestyle Fitness – Back To Basics Challenge (Week 1)

So the first week of the Freestyle Fitness Back to Basics Challenge is over and some of the entries have been great. Our back to basics challenge involves us posting a basic pole or aerial move each month and students posting a 20 second combination including that move on either Instagram or Facebook. The combinationContinue reading “Freestyle Fitness – Back To Basics Challenge (Week 1)”

Freestyle Fitness Back to Basics Challenge

This month’s student challenge is focusing on basic, beginner tricks and transitions. To often I have students say to me ‘I don’t want to do that, it’s to basic’ when we are working on choreography. But the basics can really add to a performance! Some basic, beginner moves are beautiful. They can give you someContinue reading “Freestyle Fitness Back to Basics Challenge”

Gift Suggestions For Pole And Aerial Students!

It’s December and I’m getting there with my Christmas shopping but every year I have at least one student’s partner or family member contact me regarding suggestions for gifts for a pole or aerial student. On the spot I’m rubbish at thinking and usually just suggest vouchers for private lessons, so this year I’ve askedContinue reading “Gift Suggestions For Pole And Aerial Students!”

Pole Dancing at 40!

I’m questioning my decision to start again with pole quite a lot recently. I’m 40, I have already been diagnosed with three chronic illnesses and investigations are ongoing to see if I have a third. I hadn’t really done anything in four years and I’m having to start from scratch. I was managing to teachContinue reading “Pole Dancing at 40!”

When Things Don’t Go To Plan!

This Monday I was due to go over to Manchester again. I was supposed to have some more tests on the Monday and be given the K1-70 trial drug for Graves’ disease on Tuesday. The plan is to then have stayed in hospital and be monitored until Thursday. Grace had been selected to take partContinue reading “When Things Don’t Go To Plan!”

Thyroid Eye Disease!

I remember complaining about double vision in my teens and never finding a cause, so when I got it as an adult I didn’t think much of it and generally just considered it an irritation I had to accept. I actually didn’t realise how bad my vision had got until I was being diagnosed forContinue reading “Thyroid Eye Disease!”

Thinner, Leaner, Stronger!

Before my diagnosis of hypothyroidism, I lost a lot of muscle mass due to thyrotoxic myopathy. I’m not exactly sure why excessive levels of thyroxine cause muscles to breakdown, I just know it does and if left untreated can result in severe respiratory distress and lots of other complications. I’d become stupidly weak. I couldn’tContinue reading “Thinner, Leaner, Stronger!”

Week 2 Freestyle Fitness Flexibility Challenge!!

This week I’ve decided to focus the challenge on splits. I think we all wants beautiful splits like Grace and I’m nowhere near there yet. But I have come quite far since June with my splits, so I’m pretty happy with them. The exercises included in this challenge I have been doing about 3-4 timesContinue reading “Week 2 Freestyle Fitness Flexibility Challenge!!”

Medical Experiments!!

I’ve done a lot of reading on Graves’ disease and the treatment of it since being diagnosed, and one of the things that confuses me is the fact that all current treatment focuses on the effect rather than the cause. The current treatment choices available are antithyroid medication to surpress the thyroid, Radioactive Iodine treatmentContinue reading “Medical Experiments!!”