Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Spring & the Beginning of my New Journey to Good Health

February brought the snow this year and along with it one of the hardest winters of my life. Business came basically to a halt once we started getting slammed with snow over and over and over again. My day job changed their work from home policy effectively cutting our income in half. Then came the entire household getting the flu. Then the stomach flu. Hardest of all was my grandfathers passing last week. And through all this trying to get to the bottom of my own health concerns. Today, although it's a mere 30 degrees, the sun is shining and there's a promise of Spring in the air. With that I will shift my focus to getting, and staying, healthy.

After several specialists and tests I finally have some answers. My esophagus is in bad shape. Severe gastro esophageal reflux disease has lead to an inflamed and ulcerated esophagus as well as a condition called Barretts. So onto the cure.

With the exception of a prescription acid reducer I'm going to take an all natural approach to healing. One day at a time I'm working towards eating clean with no exceptions, working out daily, losing weight and getting on a healthy sleep schedule. I'll be using my It Works products to help make sure I get all the vitamins and nutrition I need while eating at a calorie deficit. I'll also be using my wraps to help wrap away the inches.
First Wrap of the Spring!
I started my program yesterday with the help of the 21 day fix. It takes 21 days to break bad habits and create new ones. My first goal is to make it through this 21 days and come out slimmer, healthier and more energetic on the other side! I'll post my before and after pictures at the end. If you have an interest in any of the products I am using send me an email!

Products I'll be using over the 21 days:
It Works It's Vital plant based multi vitamins
It Works Thermofit
It Works Fat Fighters
It Works Greens and Greens chews
It Works Profit
It Works Body Applicator and skin care line
All It Works Products can be purchased through my website


Friday, February 6, 2015

One Year Later

It's been over a year since I've written. Turns out running a fitness studio, working a full time job, taking care of a teenager and a toddler, managing a household, blah blah blah... takes a lot of time. Who knew? Some things had to fall by the wayside and unfortunately, writing became one of them. However, writing is something I find theraputic, so I'm finding my way back.

So much has happened in the last year, I could fill a book. I'll start with a summary:

Running a pole/aerial studio has been a roller coaster of emotions. I laughed, I cried, I learned a lot of life lessons. For example, I would NEVER go into business with a partner again. EVER. That was an expensive lesson to learn. Also, you have to be organized! I'm so bad at this. This is my main resolution for 2015. Become organized. And, the stress of running a business makes it difficult to stay healthy. Your sleep suffers, eating habits change (I'm a stress eater), relashonships with friends and family suffer - I hardly see the family I live with any more, nevermind my mom, dad, sisters...

But there have been many positives too. I have met some AMAZING people. I have learned lots of new and fun ways to workout. I am much more confident in myself. I have created a space that I love to be at. That is full of positive energy and motivating people. That other people call "My Happy Place". That is what it's all about.


My life is hitting another major transition point. My day job may be going away. Unexpectedly and within the next few weeks. This is incredibly scary but incredibly exciting at the same time. I will finally be able to focus my attention on my business. On being healthy myself and motivating to my clients. I'll have more time to spend with my own family. I'll be able to once again make real, healthy dinners (which the kids will most likely not eat, but still....).

I worry a lot about finances but I'm going to go into this change with a positive attitude. You never know what you are capable of until you take that leap. #fly

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Twenty Thirteen ~ A Year Turned Upside-down

Escape Aerial Arts

The end of the year has always been a time for reflection. But this year has been so busy I've hardly had a moment to think, let alone reflect. I sit here now, the day after Christmas, finishing up an export on a course I've been QA'ing, watching the kids play with their new games and planning New Years promotions for the studio. It's been nuts to say the least. I'm still slaving full time in the cube farm, raising a toddler and a teenager and getting a brand new business up and running. Is it a lot? Yes. Is it worth it? Yes. So, let's begin.

2013 (A year in pole) started with a certification class in New York to become a pole fitness instructor. I may have come home looking like I spent the weekend throwing punches with Tyson but I surprised myself with the tricks I was able to pull off during that class. I also made some great connections and saw NY City for the first time (by myself!).

When I got home I didn't have a home studio to come back to. It was a case of bad management and no place else in the area to turn. So my skills got a little rusty. But I had decided this was something I want to persue, so if the local pole studio won't work, I'll open my own! It was an ambitious thought. Luckily, my amazing pole instructor, Maggie was on board.

Maggie and I found our first possible location in the early summer. We put a lot of work into cleaning it up and getting ready only to find out it didn't have the proper handicapped access to be open to the public. So after a lot of politics we begrudgingly decided to move on. 

We found 3 Kelley Square in Worcester in early fall. They were eager for us to move in and things moved along fairly quickly. We opened September 5th. Our progress so far has been slow and steady and I LOVE every single one of our clients. It seems more like a growing family then a growing business. (Except a few little snags in the road - namely a bathroom dispute with our elderly neighbor but that's another story.)

However, I've found that working full time, being a mom and running a business doesn't leave much actual pole time for me. By the end of the day I'm just to tired to practice. My pole progress has pretty much been on hold. This was a necessity this year to accomplish my other goals, but in 2014, I'm making more time for me.

2013 was the year I finally started to do A LOT of research into Nutrition. What is REALLY healthy? What does an active body need to fuel itself? How do I become as healthy as I possibly can be? I did two Whole 30 challenges. I won't go to that extreme again, but I believe it did teach me how good I could feel just by cutting certain foods out. And I now know what those foods are. Processed foods are out. I've found I'm at my best when I cut out dairy, sugar and gluten. So that will be amongst my goals for the new year. I've fallen far from grace since Thanksgiving but I'm ready to jump back on the wagon!

Let's take a look at the actual Goals I set for myself in January, 2013 (I was a pole baby!)

Excerpt from "2012 - My Pole Inception" 

"Ok, here we go, pole goals for 2013:
~ Spend 2- 3 days per week at the studio for at least 2 hours each day
(ok, not so much)
~ Chopper, chopper, chopper!  (Closer! Still need to work on this)
~ Convert to a mostly paleo diet to help build muscle and advance (Done)
~ Attend pole jams and workshops outside my comfort zone (YES! Sam Star, Pippi, Head Over Heels Troupe, Jamilla Daville)
~ Go to X-Pole training session in January and make the most of it!!! (BOOM! I am a certified instructor!)
~ Make it through intermediate pole to advanced (Not quite yet)
~ Try an Aerial hoop (Tried and LOVED!)
~ Perfect climbing (both pole and silks) (I wouldn't say Perfect)
~ Remember to take things slow (Done! Mostly)
~ Make new pole friends and continue to be inspired! (Yes, yes, yes!!!)

I'm really excited about the upcoming year. I feel big changes on the horizon, I can't wait to share them with all of you."

So I didn't make them all... but the goals I did make I exceeded!!! Over all I'm very proud of what I accomplished in 2013 and I am very excited about setting my goals for the upcoming year. (Look for my goals in an upcoming post!)

There's so much more I want to talk about but this post would be way too long! There was Milan Summer Pole Camp in St. Martin with Karol Helms and Prana. There were workshops with Dakota and Amber from Head Over Heels, My favorite Aussie, Jamilla Deville, Soma Systems, Fly Gym.... Don't even get me started on the magic that is "The Pole Dancing Bloggers Association". Sweet Escape!!! I will create some posts going over each of these coming up, as I haven't had the brain compacity to write about them in much detail as they were happening.

Overall I'm so proud of Escape Aerial Arts and I hope you come along with me for the ride that the upcoming year will be. I want to share the journey with all of you, as you were all a part of what made 2013 amazing!!

XOXOXO - Elysabeth (The Flying Bambinee)

Monday, October 21, 2013

Escape Event ~ Soma Systems Workshop

As I sit here and write this I can easily pick out about 20 muscles that could use some good kneading. I spend way too much time sitting in front of this little flashbox and my back pays the price. There isn't always someone around to help out with a good massage, which is why I've been in the market for ways to melt away tension on my own. I've tried rollers, tennis balls, socks full of marbles... all have been ok but not amazing. This is why I'm super excited about the Soma System workshops coming to Escape Aerial Arts November 9th. I haven't yet tried this system my self, but everyone I've spoken to about the system has amazing reviews.

The benefit of Soma System for you if you are:
* Athletic or in a physically-demanding line of work: You may get a performance boost as a result of better-nourished muscles, improved proprioception, and more restful sleep.
 * A health professional: You’ll learn to care for yourself after a long shift, and If it’s within your scope of practice, you can share relevant techniques with your clients and patients. If they want to know more, you’ll have access to materials on this website and links to published studies that affirm Soma System’s core concepts.
 * A yogi or meditation practitioner: The mindfulness component of Soma System may support deeper and more subtle experiences in your yoga and/or meditation practice.
* Human: As your practice matures and your body strengthens, the deepest unconscious layers of muscle guarding will likely relent. Gains will show up in different parts of your life: maybe you’ll have more endurance, better posture, more flexibility, better respiratory function. You may sleep better and thus become more patient. Of course there’s no silver bullet; you’ll still be human, entirely capable of having good days and bad, headaches and fatigue, but Soma System will equip you with the tools needed to meet those challenges.

Escape will be offering 2 workshops this November:
 Hips & Hammies Workshop for Aerial Artists Melt away tightness in your hips and hammies with two hours of deep tissue Soma System practice–a holistic self-bodywork method that fuses movement and meditation with the use of specially-designed tools. Restore balance along the back of your body by elongating your neck; settling your shoulders; unbinding tension in your lower back and hips (especially your psoas); promoting glide and mobility deep in your hamstrings; and grounding through the feet to manifest stability in each step.
Shoulders & Spine Workshop for Aerial Artists Aerial Dancers and Pole Athletes: Melt away tightness in your shoulders and spine with two hours of deep tissue Soma System practice–a holistic self-bodywork method that fuses movement and meditation with the use of specially-designed tools. Restore lightness from your toes to your head by unlocking your hips and lengthening your abdomen; giving a lift to your ribcage and chest (extra emphasis on pec minor!); and thoroughly unwinding fascial restriction in your shoulder girdle, neck, and arms.

Join us before the busy holiday season sets in and learn how to:
1. Identify your areas of restriction (by drawing your attention into your body)
2. Release your restrictions with Soma System tools and techniques
3. Circulate oxygen and nutrients throughout your body to promote healing
4. Flush out inflammation and accumulated acidic metabolic waste
5. Restore your health, mobility, posture, and sleep
Enjoy these benefits:
  • Increases: Circulation, energy, flexibility, range of motion, body awareness.
  • Decreases: Stress, muscle spasms, inflammation, tissue adhesions, pain.
  • Improves: Posture, sleep, movement, breathing, mobility, balance, athletic performance.
I will post results after the workshops! You can read them here, or JOIN US and experience them for yourself!


Friday, October 11, 2013

Bringing Sexy Back or Taking Sexy out??? November Blog Hop (& SEXY GIVEAWAY!!!!)

The battle within... Less Sexy??? More Sporty??? Let's face it, pole is all of that. Sexy, emotional and athletic. And then some.

There's no denying if you've ever been to a pole class (done right) that pole dancing is a form of expressiveness as well as gymnastics. You dance. You must be able to control all of your muscles. Lifting your body weight to smoothly and safety perform poses and transitions that come together to create a beautiful routine. All of this at the expense of your poor bruised feet, ankles, shins, knees, hips, waist, armpits, neck, etc. Pain aside, performers train for hours every day to improve their technique. This takes a certain type of.... dedication. These are athletes.

As I am still fairly new to the pole world my thoughts on the subject of sexiness and pole fitness were simple. If you want to dance sexy, dance sexy. If you have a more athletic style, more power to you. But just recently I was shown exactly how much the sanitization of pole dance is actually affecting the sport.
Last Monday my studio had the pleasure of hosting Australian pole star, Jamilla Daville. We worked through a choreography routine where she taught us to do a little "bounce" after landing in a split to make up for landing early. Everyone in class loved this sexy little move and wanted to do it each time we performed the routine, early to the drop or not.

When Jamilla said you would be marked down in a competition for a bounce like this because it was "suggestive" I was shocked.. "Take the fun, flirty part of the routine that all the girls loved and wanted to do out... you will get a better score." Say what?! All the athleticism is still there, there's just some sexy thrown in. Should we be marked down for that if that is our style, our way of expressing ourselves? Isn't that art?? Isn't there room for both sexiness and sportiness in the pole world, intertwined?

It's an intoxicating mix, the obvious fitness bonuses of strength, endurance, flexibility & killer abs — with, well … sexiness.

 I understand the other side. The only way to get the sport to be seen as legitimate is through strict rules. A dress code, a catalog of acceptable poses. Sexual movements needed to be outlawed to some degree at this point for the sport to be considered a sport. Hopefully this will change. Competitions aside at least pole class can still be a safe place to express yourself. 

Here's the giveaway part!!!! If you love sexy or want to experience it but are a little intimidated, Escape Aerial Arts is hosting USPDF Miss Sexy 2010, Karol Helms on Sunday October 20th
We are so excited to be giving away a pair of tickets to the Meet & Greet Pole Jam with Karol! This is your chance to play on the pole along side of USPDF Miss Sexy 2010, take pictures with her, get autographs, and experience an up-close and personal LIVE performance by one of the country’s top pole performers! a Rafflecopter giveaway This Meet & Greet is co-ed, bring your significant other so they can get a taste of what you are aspiring to be and working so hard toward!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Beauty, Body and Wellness

Septembers blog hop topic is "Beauty, Body & Wellness". It's been awhile since I've participated in the blog hop and I've missed it tons!! This was a perfect topic to jump back in on because since I began pole a little over a year ago, I have really started paying close attention to what goes in, on or around my body.

I'm just past the midpoint of my second Whole 30 program. 30 days of whole foods. No grains, no dairy, no alcohol, no added sugar, no complaining. Being this careful about what I put in my body has also made me more careful about what I put on my body. The skin is our largest organ, it is a barrier to bad and passageway for good. In a perfect world. I have severely sensitive skin. I have suffered from Eczema since I was 20. I had to do away with scented laundry detergent, soaps, lotions, etc. through the years. Practicing pole has left me with less options for skin care, for awhile I wasn't sure I would be able to continue with the sport. I've got to go a day without putting lotion on my legs? Right, if you want an alligator on the pole. So I started to experiment. Here's what I found:

On mornings that I don't pole I will dry brush my skin before my shower. This improves circulation and removes any dead skin. I find it leaves my skin clearer and more vibrant. It also reduces the need for lotion (a little) and it just feels really good. I use Aveeno for sensitive skin in the shower, and use coconut oil as a moisturizer afterwards. In the winter when skin is extra dry I will follow that up with Eucerin Calming Cream.

On pole days I still moisturize. I love coconut oil but it is too greasy for pole days. Instead I use Aveeno moisturizer. I've found that I can use this about an hour before pole and still have a good grip (and no grease on the pole).

Some other natural beauty advice I have begun to follow since starting pole include:

Drinking a full glass of lemon water twice a day. There are so many reasons to drink lemon water including boosting the immune system. With cold and flu season coming up this is a biggie!

Coconut oil is magical. I use it for everything. Here is an incomplete list: hair treatment (I put it in my hair before bed and rinse it out in the morning), conditioner, leave in conditioner, lip gloss/moisturizer, skin moisturizer, eye makeup remover, eye cream, mouth wash (for oil pulling), toothpaste (mixed with baking soda and peppermint essential oil), cuticle cream, eczema cream, deodorant, sun block, small cuts and scrapes.... oh, and cooking!

Epsom salt baths are the key to happiness. They soothe sore muscles and the soul. I use two cups epsom salt, a cup of baking soda and a few drops of lavender essential oil. Mix in a tub of warm water. Heaven.

Magnesium is balancing. I've begun taking magnesium supplements daily, whether through the skin in a bath or as a cream, as powder in a drink or in pill form. I would recommend True Calm powder. The sugar free lemon is magical.

These are just a few of the new natural tips and tricks I've been using. I must say I feel a whole lot better than I did when I was pumping my body full of chemicals. I would recommend the Whole 30 plan to everyone. It is a great way to reset your habits and start over with a clean slate. And it's only 30 days! You can do that! ;)

Here's to health and happiness!
~ B.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Jumping back in

Ok, so it's been awhile, a long while since I've updated. The truth is that after a day of working online at the day job and then working online to get Escape set up... I DONOTWANT to be online for blogging after. But there's been lots going on!

We are planning to open Escape Aerial Arts this Saturday for an open house! It will be during Worcesters Blackstone Canal Fest. A celebration that takes place right outside our door. We will offer free classes and demos during the day. The problem is this: the damn XPoles! We had originally bought sport poles to save money. Turns out this wasn't a good idea. We are having a terrible time getting them set up, and the parts we need to make it work will be delivered tomorrow. Tomorrow is Friday. The open house is Saturday.... STRESSED. Everything else is looking pretty good. The silks are up, the Fly Gyms are ready. We have the spin poles ready to go... just those sport poles...

In other news... I'm doing the Whole 30 again this month! The husband and I started Sunday September 1st. Today is day is day 5 and it's been going pretty well. Last night I was really missing my wine, it's the best for de-stressing at the end of the day. But herbal tea isn't too bad a substitute. Here's what has become my favorite breakfast recipe, avocado toads in a hole!

One of my goals this month is to jump back into the Blog Hop. I've been missing it muches! Also the pole photo of the week which I was so excited about and haven't participated in yet. I am so proud to be a part of the Pole Dancing Bloggers Association and must get back to participating.