I have! Dancers at my university used Tiger Balm a lot. It smells really strong of cinnamon, which we all loved, so we’d crowd around the person wearing it just to smell them. It works really well for temporary pain relief, though for tension you’d be better off combining it with a massage or foam rolling.
Yup! We went to Pewit’s Nest and Devil’s Lake. :)
Pilates isn’t about weight loss. Pilates isn’t about getting a thigh gap. Pilates is a series of body-weight exercises (or using a number of machines, but still no weights) that attempt to fix muscle imbalances, fix posture, and improve balance. It works to decompress the spine, improve flexibility, and increase circulation.
What Cassey Ho teaches is a general fitness class with a few Pilates moves thrown in. Pilates isn’t “do a thousand squats,” it’s “make sure you’re not overusing your quads in this movement.” Pilates, in truthful practice, is an amazing way to learn your body and balance muscles that have been overworked.
I’m glad you’re looking for other options! Here are a couple, but I hope other readers will share their faves as well.
Where do you go for weekly/monthly workouts and videos?
I used to love her. Now, not so much. You can see all of my posts on her here, but I can summarize:
- "thigh gap" workout
- workouts that delude people into thinking they can spot-reduce
- ignoring people with eating disorders
Work on your upper body and core strength while you find a class. Wear something tight that goes past your knees. Stretch and foam roll after class. Make sure you don’t have anything important to do for a day or two after class because you’re gonna hurt.
Ooh, etiquette question! That’s different! There are some basic things to follow to not appear rude in a ballet class:
- show up early to warm up on your own, but do not enter the studio unless instructed to
- do not walk on marley/studio floors with your street shoes on
- if you bring a water bottle, make sure it’s a kind you can’t spill. Stick to pop-open tops rather than twist-off caps.
- be quiet when the instructor is teaching
- clapping at the end of class is customary, but feel free to wait for a cue from others to avoid embarassment
And it is totally normal to be nervous. I’d suggest getting there early and introducing yourself to the instructor before class begins. If they know you’re brand new, they’re likely to give you gentle corrections and not assume you know things, so you’ll feel less pressured. And remember that things are going to feel strange: the muscles used in ballet and the way you’ll be moving are not normal for your day-to-day life, so it’ll be a big change.
Have fun in class!