FREE BALLET WALLPAPER FOR YOU FROM REV. BARB
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In this series, I will be taking you through the process of preparing 'new pointe shoes' for use.
First we'll sew on ribbons and then some elastics. Many are curious about how this is actually done.
Of course there is a vast difference between prepping a shoe for a photo shoot...and preparing one for actual classes and performing.
Here, I will try to cover both, so you can 'get the idea' of what goes on 'behind the scenes'.
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Truth be told, all related to 'delicate ballet pointe shoes' is, in reality, not exactly the beautiful fairy-land fantasy of pink satin and beautiful tutus we initially think about.
Real pointe work is demanding.
And real pointe shoes are dirty, sweaty, stinky, twisted, bent, scuffed, creased, squished, cracked, 'shellacked', 'glued', rosined, discolored and anything BUT glamorous by the end of the day!
And did I mention a ballerina's FEET?
These poor feet are likely to be blistered, swollen, callused, bloodied, aching, sore, bruised, mottled, lumpy, toenailess and/or with broken, black and blue nails, distorted, sweaty versions of their 'former selves'...which leads me to the obvious caveats here:
PLEASE don't play with pointe shoes (on your feet, that is) just to 'see' if you can stand up in them!
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A single incident of wobble to one side or the other can result in permanent foot injury.
And there are a plethora of other injuries that those without proper shoe-fitting, strength and actual ballet lessons and training can easily fall prey to.
So, enjoy these ballet photos and join me in appreciating the grueling years of practice, work and total dedication dancers commit to in order to create the illusion of being 'light as air' in the beauty of dance on stage.
New ballerinas must have their pointe shoes properly chosen and fitted by professionals with the advice of their instructors, of course.
And different ballet academies/companies will have different dance wear and shoe 'mandates', some being more 'traditional' than others.
Even 'casual dancers'--who utilize dance as a form of exercise--can get injured over time, even with care taken.
So, please, heed my advice here!
All wise dancers must allow for adequate 'healing time' while receiving proper medical care in the event of injury. Please allow me to recommend 'Arnica gel', which should be applied as soon as possible after an injury has...or is suspected to have...occurred.
Rev. Barb recommends:
Arnica gel is readily absorbed and dries non-greasy. It should not be applied to open skin or areas which are abraded, but should be applied 'around such areas', as well as on aching joints and muscles.
Three to five applications per day should do it and once you try it, you won't go without it ever again.
Some people think 'homeopathy' is 'mumbo-jumbo' medicine, but trust your Christian biochemist-herbalist/'Potions Master' here--IT WORKS!
In fact, bruises can be prevented from forming if used immediately after an injury on unbroken skin.
And existing bruises can be resolved in up to 1/3 of the usual time with liberal use of topical arnica gel (a little revealed 'trick' used by some prominent plastic surgeons, btw).
I also heartily recommend arnica spray or tablets orally, taken concurrently to the topical gel application. Any major brand should suffice.
For the spray form of arnica, I specifically recommend King Bio brand homeopathic oral spray "Back Muscle, & Joint Relief" homeopathic spray which is available at The Vitamin Shoppe:
CAUTION: PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF 'SPRAY ARNICA'. ONE IS FOR HOMEOPATHIC USE SUBLINGUALLY (MEANING IN THE MOUTH, UNDER THE TONGUE WHERE IT IS ABSORBED DIRECTLY INTO THE BLOODSTREAM')...AND THERE ARE ARNICA LOTION SPRAYS WHICH ARE SPRAYED ON THE SKIN TO BE RUBBED IN. DO NOT CONFUSE THEM. SEND ANY QUESTIONS, COMMENTS TO: BarbaraKSexton@aol.com --Rev. Barb
REV. BARB USES & RECOMMENDS ARNICA HOMEOPATHIC GEL FOR THE SKIN AND
ARNICA HOMEOPATHIC SPRAY FOR SUBLINGUAL USE (which are better and faster-acting than the PELLETS, although the PELLETS work as well!)
These homeopathic arnica pellets are good:
That said, after years of dancing for either pleasure or professionally, most dancers learn how to manage their 'dance health' so that they can extend the number of years they can remain active.
The choices in dance wear and of dance shoes can be overwhelming.
But as is the case with all things '21st Century', manufacturers are coming up with better and better materials and technologies every day and parents, students, professionals and instructors, alike, are experimenting with.
You will see some of innovative products used here in this, my NEW FREE BALLET POINTE SHOE WALLPAPER SERIES.
One example of this is Bloch's 'Elastoribs', which are ribbons with a piece of elastic 'strategically placed' on them which assure better fit, hold, comfort and safety when pointe shoe ribbons are put on and tied.
Be sure to look for more valuable Alternative Health Care advice, useful to dancers, those who just love dance and wish to stay fit for as long as possible.
God Bless You With Good Dance!
Reverend Barbara Sexton
"The Biblical Biochemist-Where Science Meets the Cross"