When you’re a dancer at a gentlemen’s club like Rhode Island Dolls in Woonsocket, RI, it can be really hard to keep your cool. Sure, you’re not wearing a lot of clothing much of the time, but you’re working hard and even in an air conditioned building, you can still get pretty warm. After all, they can’t have the air conditioning on too high because the customers (who aren’t moving a lot, to be honest) will get cold! And that might make them leave. And we certainly don’t want that.
But there are a few things that dancers at a strip club can do to make sure that they don’t get over heated.
Try some of these tips:
- Avoid synthetic outfits. Synthetic outfits are bound to make you hotter. Try to wear natural fabrics, like cotton. They breathe much easier so you’re skin won’t feel as hot.
- Keep a cool spray bottle in the fridge so that you can pull it out in between sets on the stage. Spray it all over your body and it will cool you down quickly. Plus, it’s kind of sexy and will give you a healthy looking glow!
- A desk fan at your make up station can help you keep cool when you’re getting ready to hit the stage and after you come back. It doesn’t have to have a super strong breeze. Just a light breeze, combined with that spray bottle can take your temperature down a few degrees and prevent you from overheating.
- Having hot feet can really make you feel like you’re on fire. And when you’re feet are sore from dancing, that can make it even worse. And if you’re feet are a little swollen from working it, then you might feel like you’re in a sauna. Try keeping some foot lotion with mint in it in the fridge. Rub it onto your tired tootsies and you’ll feel like a million dollars. And, you’ll be ready to hit the stage for your next set.
- Freeze a few water bottles and keep them in the freezer. The smallish ones that pop comes in are perfect and there’s a few different ways that you can use them. Wrap them in a small cloth and apply the cold packet to the bottoms of your feet, your wrists, the inner elbow, and the back of your neck. If you have a headache, place it on your temples. You should only hold it in one spot for about 20 seconds at a time. And always remember the cloth so that you don’t freeze your skin!
- Drink lots of water. Water is important for anyone that has a strenuous job but it is especially important in the summer when the temperatures are high. So make sure you always have a water bottle with you. If you like your water cold, there are these great water bottles that will keep water cold for up to 24 hours. Everyone should have one.
- Avoid coffee and other caffeinated beverages. You should avoid alcohol as well. Both caffeine and alcohol can cause you to become dehydrated. The signs of dehydration are not obvious so you can be dehydrated and not even know it.
- Eat small meals and lots of fruits and veggies. They tend to be more portable but they will also help keep you cool because they have lots of water in them. Carrots, celery, strawberries, melons and other fruits and vegetables taste great on a hot summer day and they are easy to digest.
One of the best things you can do for yourself and other people is to be aware of the signs of heat stroke. Heat stroke doesn’t just come from being out in the sun (although it can be because of that). It can come from simply being over heated.
If someone is complaining of a throbbing headache that is combined with nausea or rapid and shallow breathing you should get them to sit down immediately and drink some cool water and put an ice pack on the back of their neck. Other signs of heat stroke include hot skins that has a red tone to it, light-headedness, and a rapid heartbeat (it can be extra-strong or weak).
Dehydration is another thing to watch for in the summer. Dizziness, headaches, dry mouth, and being tired suddenly are some of the most common signs. If someone is really dehydrated, they may even feel like they are going to pass out or throw up. Get some water into them immediately.