We all have our names for them. Pole Kisses. Pole Scars. Badges of Honor. BRUISES. No matter how hard you try, especially when you're new to the game of pole dance, you are bound to end up with some bruises. Some people hide them, trying to explain that they are not, in fact, being abused. Others wear them like badges of honor and courage, earned in the battle against the cold steel of their pole.
I interchange my nicknames for those little purple spots I find on my skin. I also proudly Instagram my bruise of the day, realizing that it means I'm working harder and trying new things in pole class. For those who do not appreciate bruises, here are some ways to potentially avoid them or at least lessen their stay.
Certain medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, can prevent the blood from clotting properly, which can leave you at risk for bruising. Blood thinners and aspirin or Advil are popular culprits. Even some supplmenets such as fish oil and ginko can thin the blood. Drinking alcohol also thins the blood. Cortisteriods used to treat conditions such as asthma or eczima can thin the skin, causing more bruising than normal.
Some of us bruise due to a lack of essential vitamins and minerals in the body. Anemia means you have low iron in the blood, and, in addition to a myriad of health issues, including feeling tired, it can cause bruising. Be careful when adding iron to your supplement list without talking to a doctor. You can't take iron with supplements like calcium, as their effect can be negated. Bruising can also be a sign that you are deficient of vitamins B12, C, E, K (potassium), bioflavonoids, or zinc.
Once you have a bruise, how can you make it go away? One homeopathic treatment is arnica. It reportedly works by washing away the stagnant blood that causes skin discoloration, shrinking inflammation and increasing circulation. Another treatment is bromelain, a natural compound found in the pineapple plant. Here is a list of other home remedies that I found on the internet (although I can't say I've tried myself):
- Raw or roasted onions cut in half and dipped in apple cider vinegar before rubbing the onion on the bruised area
- Vitamin K cream
- Aloe Vera
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Black pepper
- Butter (not margarine!)
- Cabbage dipped into hot water
- Garden thyme
- Mustard seeds
- St. John's Wort
- Witch hazel
The good news is that, as you advance in your pole dancing hobby or career, the bruising generally lessens. Do you have any advice you can share with those who may be afflicted with over-bruising? Let's see your best pole kiss! Post them on our Facebook page.