After three days of denial, I now concede that I’m nursing a minor – very minor – abdominal pull. Unless it’s a tear, which I hope not. That would suck.
I know how this happened. I remember the precise moment. It was during a pose I’m doing privately for an artist. Our setup is very dramatic, challenging, and rather insane. But still I should have been more careful. I was adjusting myself in a herky-jerky way, with no support for my lower back, AND I was hanging horizontally from a pole (don’t ask!). And of course with my carelessness, I pulled it. I felt that sudden sharp, shooting pain, the kind that makes you think to yourself “Oh fuuuuck!!! That’s NOT normal!”
But this is at least a good reminder to art models, athletes, and people everywhere, that no one is invulnerable to muscle injury. No one. You can be the most physically fit, toned, in shape person on the planet, you still have to be careful with your movements and how you distribute body weight in situations of exertion. Muscles are like rubberbands, it’s true. But even rubberbands can snap and break under pressure. I posted a while back about ab strength for models, and it’s now even more appropos with my little strain. As an art model, if I had to choose between an ankle injury or an ab injury, I’d probably opt for the ankle (I’ve worked with a sprained ankle! That happened from stepping off a busted curb on Columbus Avenue). Abs are your core, literally. They are your reservoir of strength. A compromised ab muscle may not make art modeling impossible, but it will certainly inhibit freedom of movement and weaken the ability for sustained strength, such as a long pose.
In the meantime I’ll just have to cope with this not-so-serious injury. It’s located in my lower ab region (the vulnerable spot for ab pulls), on the left side, and luckily it’s not disabling me in any significant way. Although the pain is generally steady, I felt it spasm a couple of times. But I’ll live. No worries. I will have to suspend my normal exercise routine so it can heal. I wanted to go running this morning, but I decided against it. Maybe someone can just kiss and make it better? 😉
Oh, and I also have a sore elbow from banging it against a door and it hurts like a bitch. But that’s not an art modeling injury. That’s just me being an idiot klutz.
Now I have to get ready for work! Sketch class this evening. Probably no deep reclining twists for them tonight. And hopefully those good people won’t mind my face grimacing in pain. I think it makes for a beautiful portrait, don’t you? 😉
See you all soon.