Heliummm featured on CBS 2’s Morning Show!

Posted by: on October 8, 2012

In addition to airing on “The Couch” last week, Heliummm is featured on CBS 2’s Morning Show!

Lisa Kerney tell us “It’s certainly not your average workout – aerial silks is the hot new way to work out that may have you joining the circus.” Click here to check out Lisa getting a lesson in the art of aerial dance.  It’s a workout disguised as fun!

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We’ve been announced!

Posted by: on October 2, 2012

 

 

Our entertainer of the year nomination has been announced – – and the vote is on!

You can vote daily from now until October 21st at 11:59 pm here!

Please cast your vote today! We need your support!!

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Heliummm puts CBS’s Lisa Kerney through the Aerial Dance Paces!

Posted by: on October 1, 2012
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Heliummm Nominated for Entertainer of the Year!

Posted by: on September 27, 2012

 

 

We are super thrilled to be nominated for Bizbash Reader’s Choice Award!

We need YOUR support! Voting opens on Tuesday, October 2, at 9:00 am EST. Everyone is encouraged to VOTE once a day until voting closes on Sunday, October 21, at 11:59 pm EST. Please tell your family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, whoever to vote as well!

Let’s make this happen!!! Thank you so much for your support!

Big aerial love.

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Refinery29 Names Heliummm in Best & Coolest Classes of NYC!

Posted by: on September 24, 2012

We are super stoked to have Refinery29 name us one of their Best & Coolest Classes of NYC!

Click here to read the full article of how reporter Alison Matheny made out in our silks classes. And Click here to sign up for a few!

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Heliummm’s Lyra in Time Out New York

Posted by: on September 11, 2012

Press, press and more press! We’re delighted to have our lyra classes featured in Time Out New York’s ‘Get Fit’ edition. Click here for full article.

Come on out and get your spin on. Click here to register for classes.

 

 

 

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The Morning After The Night Before

Posted by: on September 4, 2012

We all love a good party. The planning, rehearsing, checking things off the list. Then there’s the excitement and anticipation of the event itself. Will it all go as planned? (No, but we’ll make it work). Will they like it? (Yes, we’re trained professionals – this is what we do).
Then there’s the day after. The afterglow of a job well-done. The remnants of glitter in the hair and eyelash glue around the eyes. The slight ache of a muscle overused with the pump of showtime adrenaline. The partially empty water bottles (Is this one really mine?). Oh yes, and then there’s the laundry. The not-so-glamourous part of showbiz.

In a physical business like ours, it can be olfactorily catastrophic if one forgets a sweaty costume balled up in the corner of the suitcase. It’s even worse if one throws it in a plasitc bag while damp. Ever put a costume away thinking “I didn’t really perspire that much” only to take it out for the next gig and be overwhelmed by putrid vapors? Worse still, ever had to put on a costume with someone else’s pungent sweatiness oozing from the fabric? Well, I have. And I’m here to save you from these unpleasant experiences.

TIPS FOR FRESH COSTUMES AND A FRESH YOU
PREVENTION
1. Shower before the gig
You might think this one is no-brainer. Sadly, it’s not.

2. Wear Anti-Perspirant
Enough said.

3. Freshen up
Freshen up the armpits between rigging and warming up and putting on your costume. Wet Ones aren’t just for baby bottoms. And, there are lots of fun naturally fragranced wipes now available. Pomegranate, Lavendar, Green Tea – oh my! Visit a pharmacy or health food store near you, and keep a stash in your bag.

4. Febreeze
Bring a spray bottle of Frebreeze and spritz the pits and crotch of the costume before you put it your bag to bring home. This gesture is especially appreciated if you’re been lent a costume and you’re giving it back to someone, like me, else to launder.

5. Unpack right away
Unpack your bag as soon as you get home. Air your costume out to dry RIGHT AWAY. Time is of the essence. Or should I say “Es-scents”. Don’t give the bacteria a nice moist home to thrive in. Once the smell gets in, it’s super hard to get out.

6. Launder ASAP.
Add some Woolite to cold water. Gently handwash your costume, giving extra attention to the pits and crotch. Roll delicate costumes up in a towel to squeeze out as much water as you can. Then lay flat to dry or hang on clothesline.

7. Put clean dry costume away for next time
We store our costumes in see-through Ziplocs for ease of identification. Get a system. Use it.

That’s today’s lesson on bringing you fresh entertainment, in super fresh costumes, one amazing event at a time.

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Heliummm’s Featured in the New York Times!

Posted by: on August 24, 2012

What a thrill to see Heliummm’s name in print in the NY Times.

Heliummm’s Students, Sarah Irene and Amy Shure look fabulous! Reporter Daniel Krieger learned some new skills, and received lots of support from the other Heliummm silkies. Yay, Team Silks! Read the full article here.

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Sore Biceps – Help!

Posted by: on July 29, 2012

Today’s “Ask Mama Silk” question comes from Rosemarie M. in Edmonton, Canada.

She writes:
“I have been using my arms a lot (chin ups, pole tricks) and one of my biceps got irritated… now after swimming this morning, the other is irritated. Have you had this before? If so, how did you take care of it? THANKS!”

Mama Silk says: Rest, rest, rest. Chin ups, pole, and swimming are all heavy upper body activities. You may be experiencing Pattern Overload, which results from consistently repeating the same motion patterns, thus placing abnormal stresses on the body.

Pattern Overload is bad, as it may lead to the Cumulative Injury Cycle.

Tissue trauma —> Inflammation —> Muscle Spasm —> Adhesions —> Altered Neuromuscular Control —> Muscle Imbalance —> Cumulative Injury Cycle —> Tissue trauma and on and on and on…

So take 2 Advil, and call me in the morning. And don’t forget to ice, 20 mins on, 20 mins off (never put ice directly on your skin, unless it’s in a refreshing beverage on your tongue).

When you’re adequately healed, evaluate both your training and cross-training:

1. Choose activities that aren’t all ‘upper-body-all-the-time’.

At the pool? Use the flutterboard – rest your arms and work out those legs.
At the gym? Lower body and legs can get neglected in aerial class. Get on the treadmill, or do some leg presses.
At the park? Hop up on the bench (preferably when there’s no one sitting on it) for some plyometric exercises.


2. Concentrate on using your back and lats when you climb and when you are holding yourself up.
How is your technique? Are your shoulders up? Are you using your biceps when you should be using your back and lats? God gave you lots of muscles. Use them all. Your biceps were not meant to hold your entire body weight.

Biceps strain is frequently seen in new aerialists who overtrain without proper technique. Consult your professional aerial instructor!

3. Cycle your training to rest muscle groups
Pace yourself. Muscles can actually get weaker if they are trained every day. Break up your training to give muscle groups a rest.

4. Stretch
Use a combination of self-myofascial release (e.g. foam roller), static stretching, active-isolated stretching and dynamic stretching. Again, ask your experienced aerial instructor or personal trainer for help. A good class will include a variety of stretching.

5. Drink lots of water, eat your vegetables and get lots of rest.
Lights out, cub scout! Aim for 8 hours of sleep. Your body needs repair and rejuvenation. You need to be well-hydrated and nourished for your body to withstand the rigors of aerial arts, both in the short and long term.

Sending lots of aerial love and healing vibes.

~Mama Silk

Sources: NASM Essentials of Personal Fitness Training
Photos: Self.com, myfitnesspal.com, Mama Silk

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Daily Candy names Heliummm’s Classes in its ‘Best of NYC’!

Posted by: on July 11, 2012

We’re delighted Daily Candy has named our aerial silks classes in their Best of NYC! Wanna get really good at aerial silks? Train with the best!

Read full article here.

Register for classes here.

 

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