One of the biggest enemies in Pole dance is sweat. Yes, we know that sweating is an important bodily function. But in pole it’s just as important to have a good grip, or you could fall and seriously hurt yourself! Most pole dancers learn how to deal with perspiration, but there are some people who sweat excessively – and not just from any part of their body, but from their hands! This article is dedicated to them.
This excessive sweating is actually a medical condition. According to the American Academy of Dermatology it’s called hyperhidrosis and the word means too much (hyper) sweating (hidrosis). “Excessive sweating happens when a person sweats more than is necessary. Yes, it’s necessary to sweat. Sweating cools the body, which prevents us from overheating. People who have hyperhidrosis, however, sweat when the body does not need cooling”, You can read more on their website.
The American Academy of Dermatology also explains that people who have hyperhidrosis usually sweat from one or two areas of the body, more often from their palms, feet, underarms, or head while the rest of the body remains dry.
Hyperhidrosis, affects about 3% of the population in the United States. Palmar hyperidrosis is the technical term for sweaty palms. This condition will not allow you to pole properly, because our hands are our main points of contact when pole dancing. I don’t personally suffer from sweaty hands, but I can imagine that it could be one of the most unwanted and frustrating things to deal with for someone who really wants to embrace pole dancing.
What is your sweat category?
In a post in Australian Pole Dancers Magazine, Bebe Sparkle listed “sweat categories” for pole dancers. This helpful breakdown puts your sweaty hands into perspective.
- Hand grip starts off fine until halfway through a class and then cleaning the pole or putting some sort of grip on is needed.
- Grip product is needed at the start of class and that’s all.
- Grip product is needed at the start and regularly through class + regular pole cleaning needed.
- Grips aren’t enough but gloves work.
- Gloves aren’t enough and sweating and slipping inside the gloves and sweaty finger tips occur so grips are needed inside the gloves also.
- Grip products + Gloves are needed + topping up the grips but eventually the gloves become soggy and a break is needed to dry hands and gloves.
According to Bebe, she has struggled all of her pole life with excessive sweating. She says that categories one and two are “normal” in regards to sweatiness; categories three and four are more challenging but manageable; and categories five and six are a complete challenge. Which category are you in?
Solutions that work: Tested by pole dancers!
So is there help? Yes! Some pole dancers do well with regular grip products like Dry Hands of Tite Grip, for example, but for excessive sweating this might not be enough. You can try magnesium chalk, which dries up sweat very well, but it can get quite messy, or use rock rosin like ballerinas do with their pointe shoes. It’s an amber-colored rock than will become a powder when crushed. One of the cons is that it can get very sticky and sweat can still sit on top of it.
Hecmi Pérez has been practicing pole dance for five years but has had excessive sweating from the hands since she was four years old. When she began to pole her teacher helped her to try different products to see what worked best for her. She considers her condition is extreme because even gloves won’t do the job. Most pole dance gloves come with the uncovered fingertips and Hecmi also sweats from this part of her palms!
“I tried every non-surgical option I could”, says Hecmi, “and I know some people who have opted for injected botox and it lasts for a few months”. Botox treatment not only is temporary but very painful and usually very expensive as well, but it’s also an option for hyperhidrosis.
Today, Hecmi uses baseball gloves that cover her fingers completely. “Learning new tricks in pole dance has always been a little bit of a struggle, compared to other people, because of the sweating”, Hecmi explains, “but since it’s only a small percentage of people that have excessive sweating, many don’t understand”.
Do you have sweaty hands? What solutions have you found to help in the pole studio?
In Venezuela there’s a place called Sweat Clinic and it’s a place where people can find medical solutions to hyperhidrosis. Gustavo Rivas, director of this center offers a treatment, which is performed under general anesthetic, that consists on thoracoscopic sympathetic block and that reduces the problem in 95% to 99%, according to an interview. This procedure is a definite solution to excessive sweating and, if you want to know more you can ask your dermatologist if this is something you can get done to address your hyperhidrosis.
Hyperhidrosis and pole dance competitions
I remember when I started to attend pole dance competitions, using gloves was completely out of the question, since it was sort of considered “cheating”. Today, pole dance has evolved and competitions have changed their rules.
Pole Sport Organization, for example, allows gloves in competitions. Other competitions like Pole Art America don’t allow them “unless during the registration contestants have shown proper documents from doctor with statement that he/she has hyperhidrosis”, they explain in their rules.
So, if you want to compete in pole dance and you suffer from hyperhidrosis, it doesn’t have to be a problem! Check the rules of the competition you wish to participate in or ask the organizers if they allow the use of gloves for people with medical documentation that indicates you have this condition, and off you go!
Pole Dance Venezuela (www.poledancevenezuela.org)
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