Experiencing dizziness and/or nausea when using a spinning pole? You’re not alone. Many of my students complain of being dizzy and overwhelmed when spinning on the pole. The feeling often remains long after they’ve disembarked the pole, causing them to feel lightheaded and unbalanced.
If you experience the same symptoms, rest assured that it’s normal and is one of those hurdles of pole dancing. However, you don’t have to live with it for long, especially if you know how to avoid or manage the issue.
Quick solutions for dizziness on spinning pole include chewing ginger candies, wearing seasickness patches, taking anti-nausea medications like Dramamine, or wearing an acupressure wristband during your pole dance session.
In today’s blog post, I’ll share some other tips and tricks that have worked for me and some of my students at our pole studio. I hope you’ll find them helpful too.
How To Reduce Dizziness From Spinning on a Dance Pole
Take Things Slow
Spinning on a dance pole requires a bit of a learning curve. So, you should approach spinning with caution. As with most pole moves, I recommend starting slow, gauging your position and abilities, and working on them.
Spinning too fast and quickly can affect your balance, upset your internal organs, and make you feel like throwing up. Deal with it by approaching the task in steps. Spin slowly at first and increase your pace as you get the hang of it.
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Spotting is when you keep your eyes fixed on an object while you spin around the pole. This can help with focus and concentration. However, it is important to note that spotting doesn’t work for everyone.
In my experience, spotting works best for intermediates to professionals who are already familiar with a spinning pole. As a beginner, spotting may be bad advice, as you may struggle to focus on the pole or a specific object while you spin.
My verdict on this is to try it out to see if it works for you. If it does, you’re lucky. If it doesn’t, there are plenty of other tricks to help keep your balance and stomach content down.
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Relax/Close Your Eyes While Spinning on the Pole
If spotting doesn’t work for you, then relaxing your eyes or closing them as you spin may be your sweet spot. I don’t recommend shutting your eyes for an extended period.
Try to shut your eyes as you spin and slowly open them when your spin reduces. This can help you stay alert while providing your brain with more information about your position and orientation. A healthy mix between closing your eyes and gently opening them as your spin reduces can help to reduce dizziness and nausea.
Avoid Looking Up
Many dancers find themselves looking up during certain pole moves like knee fold, pole sit, Gemini, or others. The idea behind this is that looking away may take their mind off the pain. However, the same trick doesn’t apply to spinning on the pole.
Keep your balance by looking straight ahead of you – horizontally. This signals your ears to try to maintain your balance along an axis instead of being conflicted.
Mirrors are important in pole dancing studios and at home. They help you keep track of your progress and adjust your position on the pole.
Mirrors can also help you maintain your orientation on the pole while focusing on your position occasionally. The mirror image also reminds your brain of your position on the pole, thus helping with balance and recalibration.
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Take Breaks Between Spins
Spinning on a pole is hard. It takes some time to achieve mastery, so you shouldn’t beat yourself up if you don’t get it instantly.
As I always advise, take breaks between sessions to avoid desperation. It’s harder to learn and perfect moves when you’re upset, flustered, or frustrated.
Take some time away from the pole to rest and come back to try things out. Each break will also help your eyes and ears recalibrate, thus reducing the chances of nausea and dizziness.
Spin in Both Directions
A common mistake among many strippers and pole dancers is favoring a one-direction spin. One-direction spins can be harmful to your pole dancing growth as well as your balance on the pole. Trying out both directions can help reverse the effect of directional spin.
Spinning in both directions will often require time, practice, and mastery. Give yourself enough time to master it.
PS: There’s a high chance that you may still favor one direction over the other, but it helps to know that you can spin in both directions as needed.
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Gently Transition Between Tricks
Spinning on the pole can feel like you’re spiraling out of control. A 20 spins per minute act may feel like 100 spins. So, it’s best to ease yourself into dance tricks and combinations to avoid injuries.
If you need to combine tricks or transitions, I advise that you slow down first, transition into the new pole move, and pick up your spin pace. Doing this until you’ve mastered the intricacies can help reduce nausea or dizziness.
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Spin in Small Doses
New to a spinning pole? It can be hard to keep your stomach content down when you’re new to spinning. Spinning in small doses is a great way to avoid nausea or dizziness. You can spin fast for a few minutes and rest. This allows your body to familiarize itself with the act and build the required resistance for you to go longer.
You can also have a friend or pole dance instructor around to observe your spins and offer advice on improving the act. This can significantly improve your performance and outcome.
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Speak to a Doctor
Tried a combination of the above tips with no success? You should see your doctor. Your doctor may be able to diagnose you with motion sickness and prescribe anti-emetic medications to improve your pole dancing experience.
So, there you have it. Let me know if there’s anything I’ve missed using the contact form. We’ll reply your email ASAP and update our blog to help others learn more.
I have been pole dancing for a little over 5 years. I’m happy to share my experience and recommendations on this blog while also encouraging more women to take on the beautiful art of pole dancing.