We’re back to cover one of the latest trends and the new frontier in fitness and dancing, the Pole Dance.
Pole Dancing: its history
Pole dancing starts developing into the discipline we know now around the 1950s, shifting from an occasional spectacle to a fixed staple in city clubs around the globe.
The origins of this discipline date way back in history: from the Juedixi performed under the Han dynasty to the Kyokuzashi in Japan (at the time considered a true form of art), from the Mallakhamb in India to the circus shows of the early 90s in North America.
Pole Dancing: the benefits
Pole Dancing is a mix between dancing and acrobatic gymnastics, an intense, engaging, and all-round sport that helps develop strength, resistance, and coordination.
Among its main benefits is the fact that muscles move and are strengthened which often aren’t stimulated in other disciplines (including the abdominal muscles, biceps, triceps, shoulder muscles and buttocks). Pole Dancing also helps to tone up the arms, legs, buttocks, and stomach area.
Pole Dancing helps to improve a person’s coordination, flexibility, and posture after only a few months of practice. And what’s more, people who practice this sport will also notice improvements in terms of flexibility and mobility. This entertaining form of gymnastics reserved for women but is becoming popular with men, can be practiced either alone or in company.
Pole Dancing: how it stimulates relaxation
Regular pole dancing sessions combined with the right amount of warm-up and stretching are sure to help you sleep well. A person’s sense of confidence grows hand in hand with the body changing and becoming thinner, more toned and flexed in just a few weeks. The need to stay focused at all times “trains” the mind to concentrate, while the possibility of putting one’s skills “on display” improves a person’s self-esteem. The energy produced relaxes our muscle tone and alleviates any stress. Sleeping at this point becomes a deep, comprehensive, and rejuvenating experience!
Pole Dancing: what it’s not and how it evolves
Indeed, there are still people who confuse a Lap Dance with Pole Dancing. However, the two are completely different and the only thing they have in common is perhaps a “pole” in the figurative sense. A Lap Dance is sensual and is a tool of seduction practiced in strip clubs. Pole Dancing, instead, is also practiced as a proper sport, has a clear set of rules, and (as a sport) is not intended as a tool for seduction.
The latest development of the Pole Dance is the Acqua Pole Gym, which is practiced in swimming pools and which involves softer movements and less strain on the arms and legs.