February 1, 2011

Zumba + Pudendal Neuralgia = Freaky Pain

The spring semester started last Monday.  My girlfriends are on what I assume is a New Year's Resolution health kick.  They decided to attend a Zumba class at our gym and I hesitantly agreed to join them. 

The Zumba class at school was freaky!  Our instructor was flipping her hair, gyrating, and shaking her bits and pieces like a pro.  

When I was in undergrad, I loved to get freaky dancing at the clubs.  Sometimes if I was dancing on a bar or platform, men would hand me nasty, alcohol-soaked dollar bills.  Some girls might have found that degrading, but I loved it.  Despite that, even I was a little scandalized by the moves in this class.  (God, when did I get so OLD! !

Even though I made a conscious effort to keep my moves low-impact my pudendal nerve started to flare.  I realized that it wasn't the impact at all that was causing the pain, it was the thrusting and jiggling.  I may be a small girl, but I've got A LOT of booty and I know how to shake it.  I can only assume that the constant smack of my excessive booty tissue slamming against my pelvis irritated my cranky, prude pudendal nerve. 

Only half way through the class I had to stop.  I was the only one who couldn't keep up.  I sat out one song, then decided to just do the upper body and arm parts of the workout. 

I really enjoyed the class.  It was liberating!  I miss dancing like that.  It never used to bother my nerve.  I'd really love to attend another class, but I don't think my pudendal neuralgia will allow it.   


Anonymous said...

Simply standing for too long triggers my pain. So dancing and jiggling would be even worse. It's sad to have to write off another fun activity.... I hope your dancin' days return in the future!

P said...

My coworkers are getting into Zumba and I'm totally jealous. It looks like so much fun, but I know my body and my pudendal neuralgia would not tolerate those moves either.

Anonymous said...

I'm 73 years old and a gym rat I'm at the gym almost every day. I love Zumba but I have a curvature in my spine ( scoleosis) which doesn't affect other types of exercises, but three times I've fallen on my butt during Zumba, always while doing a fast lateral shuffle. Last week, I had a really hard fall and my entire right buttock, part of my thigh and the lower part of my vertabree are severly black and blue. My right foot got stuck on the floor boards and down I went. I just bought smooth soled sneakers which I will try tomorrow. Those tricky fast moves don't bother me but those fast lateral shuffles are dangerous! What I've discovered is that if you can't do what the instructor is doing, or are on the wrong foot, just do the moves more slowly but stick to the same rythm and that will work. You won't bump into other people and you 'll still get a good, fun, workout.

beauty said...

I think your emotions in your blog are completely honest to you and your friends/readers.