Archive for June, 2010

Glastonbury 2010

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Glastonbury 2010 – Pure Awesomeness !!!!!

I had a really lovely time performing there.  It is an absolutely amazing festival and the superb weather made it even more amazing.   I performed my solo handstand contortion act and my duo acro hand2hand act.   Below are a few pictures that I was sent, I do not know who owns the photos but if they are yours or you know who took them then I am happy to add a photo credit.

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Glastonbury Festival 2010

Monday, June 7th, 2010

glastonbury_2010-1-250-250-85-nocrop.gifI will be performing my solo and duo handstand contortion acts at Glastonbury this year (26/27/28 June 2010).  It is the fourth year I will have performed at the festival and I am once again very much looking forward to it.  I am hoping that the sun will shine bright and the rain will stay away 🙂

London

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

I LOVE living in London !!!!!!I LOVE being part of Love Never Dies !!!!!!I LOVE my life 🙂

My Degree

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

When I was at university I studied and graduated with a 2.1 Bsc (hons) in physiotherapy.  That was a long 6+ years ago now and time has flown by so quickly!  I never touched physiotherapy after graduating, I went into performing (alongside a meagre skill-less part time job at first) in approx late 2005.    I applied to/selected universities on the basis of whether they had a gymnastics centre or not, i trained up to 24 hours a week in gymnastics alongside my degree.   My physio degree taught me the basics of the basics in physiotherapy – an awful lot is learnt after you graduate and enter the workplace, which i never did (i didn’t wish to at the time).  Physiotherapy is not just musculoskeletal, it is many other areas such as neurology and respiratory too.  I worked in all kinds of environments for 4-5 week stints on work placements – burns unit, head injuries unit, stroke unit, care of the elderly, intensive care unit, rheumatology, mental health in the community, musculoskeletal out patients, etc etc.   My musculoskeletal outpatients placement was 95% back pain/sciatica mostly of overweight men, and the others were a few frozen and impinged shoulders, one de quervains tenosynovitis and one ankle sprain.  Why do I write this?  Because everyone always asks me for advice for musculoskeletal problems and mostly i have no friggin clue!  I get so many people thinking that because of my degree i know everything to do with physiotherapy, and to be honest i have a knowledge far greater than most normal people but far far far less than a practicing physio, and i have forgotten so so much over the last 5-6 years.  So don’t ask me, go get an actual practicing physio, it’s not that I don’t want to help, i just can’t most of the time!I am of course fairly knowledgable about things i did take an interest in, usually because they affected me at some point, things like anterior knee pain – chondromalacia patellae, or the spine which i’m rather interested in because of my contortion.  Infact i would absolutely LOVE to be able to do a research study on the spine of contortionists one day, i found one of very few recently and it was very interesting to read (http://thejns.org/doi/pdf/10.3171/SPI/2008/8/6/501).