Have you ever hung from your hocks? If your answer is yes you were probably a big fan of climbing frames when you were little or you might be an aerialist. For those who don’t know what I’m talking about, aerial activities are all the things you see acrobats doing when suspended in the air, so things like hoop, silks, trapeze and rope.
Your hocks (the backs of your knees) are a vital body part for many of the upside down moves. As an aerial newbie, mine turned purple with bruises after my first day of the week-long aerial retreat I’d signed up for.
Aside from feeling bruised and knackered after 5 hours of aerial and body strengthening a day, I learnt many new things about my body and mind during the week. A month on from the retreat, here are the reflections that have stayed with me.