Returning to Training after Quarantine
(or any long break)
As circus schools and aerial studios start to reopen we are all excited to get back to our training and coaching in three dimensions. But, what does coming back to training mean for our bodies?
You may have tried to keep up with training, but training during quarantine was not equal training with others in the studio. How does that effect your training when you get to return to having access to your apparatus, your coaches, and your training partners.
Our bodies have ALL been under a huge range of stresses for the past months. We’re all in the same boat. None of us are going back to the same activities, at the same levels, that we did before, but we can learn more to help ourselves get there as safely as possible.
Dr. Emily Scherb is a physical therapist with a lifelong passion for understanding human movement.
She’s been a practicing aerialist for almost 30 years and has dangled from balloons, danced in the air, and swung from trapezes. That background inspired her to specialize her practice on circus and aerial artists. She has a proven track record of helping patients who have not seen results with traditional physical therapy due to her unique perspective on how the body works both on the ground and in the air.
As an educator, she travels the country teaching circus artists, instructors, and healthcare professionals about the unique physical demands and challenges of training the body to do incredible feats.
She received her graduate degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and now lives in Seattle, where she works with professional and pre-professional circus artists through her positions as Resident Physical Therapist at the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts and as the Company Physical Therapist for the contemporary circus company Acrobatic Conundrum.
Her first book, Applied Anatomy of Aerial Artists was released in August 2018