Aerial Art. House is a small independent Circus Arts and Fitness Centre based in Scotland, Edinburgh, in the Restalrig area. It was founded in March 2017, and since April 2019 the Centre trades as 'CirqArt Community Interest Company', where professional coaches and circus experts teach various Art classes and workshops combining circus, theatre, music and fitness. As a Community Interest Company our aim is to tackle mental illness and improve the general health and well being of people living in Edinburgh. As well as providing them with better access to physical and creative activities, we would love them to experience the therapeutic benefits of circus arts such as: juggling, trapeze, silks, acrobatics, and more in the context of expressive art. Our goal is to build a sense of community and help people connect and support each others through these healthy activities.
Healing through the Art of Circus
Circus provides patterned, repetitive, somatosensory, and relational activity that is regulating and healing for our lower brain. In turn, having a regulated lower brain impacts our overall regulation and the way that we organize, understand, and interpret our internal system as we move through the world
Circus provides us with a unique opportunity to expand our window of tolerance by providing us with safe and progressive opportunities to practice shifting between states. In circus, we’re faced with the physiological and emotional impact (arousal) of encountering activities that can feel scary or initially out of reach. As we ultimately find mastery of these skills within a safe and supportive context, we experience regulation and a physiological and emotional return to calm. This provides our bodies with an opportunity to “practice” moving between states in a safe way, and ultimately expands our window of tolerance.
Circus is fun, which makes this process of learning and growth satisfying and reinforcing in a way that isn’t always inherent when we’re doing work to move outside of our “nervous system comfort zone.” This enjoyment allows us to tolerate pushing through the uncomfortable states that we may encounter as we move ourselves beyond our current window of tolerance.