Sweaty hands syndrome is a condition in which your palms sweat so much that they become slippery, making it difficult to grip objects.
This can be an issue for pole dancers, who need to maintain their grip on the pole while performing various moves up and down the length of the pole.
If you are one of these people with sweaty palms, then this blog post will show you 5 helpful tips to avoid sweaty hands during your next performance!
1. Just Relax!
Take a deep breath and try to relax. This tip is very simple, but it works. The more relaxed your muscles are, the less stress you will feel and the drier your hands will become.
Concentrate on your breathing – slow the rate right down. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth a couple of times in a row. Focus on filling your body with oxygen and energy.
Remember to stay positive. If you’re thinking negative thoughts, your muscles will tense up and this can produce sweatiness. Try not to stress about anything before trying out a pole move for the first time – it is very easy to get nervous!
2. Take a Break
Sweaty hands are much more of a problem when people are learning new moves – this is the most common problem mentioned by beginners in classes. Even advanced students start to get sweaty hands when learning new moves.
Try to alternate between exercises – focus on leg moves, then arm moves – or just take a quick break.
It’s all too easy (far too easy!) to get carried away with pole work, but – as with any form of exercise – it’s important to pace yourself, particularly if you’re just starting out.
It is very easy to get caught up in the pace of the online pole community and seeing people smash their goals and moves.
However, is important to remember that everyone starts somewhere and you should only push yourself up to the limits of your ability. You can’t expect results instantly, so take things one step at a time!
3. Practice Makes Perfect
When you learn a new move, you’ll start to develop muscle memory of the most effective way to perform it. You’ll end up placing a lot less strain on your hands – and gripping better – simply because you’re moving more efficiently.
As you practice and build up your repertoire, you’ll find you learn how to grip the pole better to stop yourself sliding. Of course, your hands will also get much stronger, which helps a lot too!
I have written this post all about strengthening your grip in general, if you will find that useful, too – you can learn about what exercises work to help build your grip strength.
4. Don’t Moisturize
OK, this may seem obvious, but you’d probably be amazed how often people forget because it just forms part of their daily routine. Sunscreen is also a common problem during the summer months.
So if you have used any moisturizer or creams, make sure you give your hands a good scrub with some mild soap and water before jumping on a pole.
Oh yeah, and make sure it is not a moisturizing soap because that will just defeat the issue!
5. Keep Your Pole Clean
A lot of people tend to over grip the pole when they first begin pole dancing. If you are just starting out, you may end up losing quite a bit of skin from your hands and legs and leaving an icky residue on the pole.
This is quite normal and, as you progress, you’ll learn to relax your grip naturally as you become more confident with your pole work.
But just make sure you keep the pole nice and clean in the meantime! A dirty pole can become very slippery, making it difficult to perform your moves safely.
If you already have a good crash mat, this won’t be too much of an issue, lol, but if you really want to progress in pole, a slippery pole will be quite an annoying hindrance!
So those are my top tips for avoiding sweaty hands! I hope you found this blog post useful. If so, please let me know in the comments below and share if you think it might help other people too!
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