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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Don’t Lock Your Knees!

Filed under: Rehearsals,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 8:30 am
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When conducting a wedding rehearsal, I always tell the bride, groom and wedding party to stand loose, shift their weight occasionally, (especially if you begin to feel some numbness), keep their legs flexed (bent slightly at the knees)… and never stand at attention or lock their knees during the wedding.

When you stand still for 20 to 30 minutes, the parasympathetic, or relaxing branch of your nervous system takes over, which causes your blood vessels to expand and blood to collect in your legs instead of pumping to your brain, says Julian Stewart, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Center for Hypotension at New York Medical College.

WEDLockYourKneesFainting, also called syncope (pronounced SIN-ko-pee), is a sudden, brief loss of consciousness and posture caused by decreased blood flow to the brain.

Locking your knees, is standing in a manner in which your legs are completely straight, the knee joint “locking” back so the bones of your lower and upper legs support one another, requiring no work from the muscles of your body to maintain balance and position.

Locking your knees slows blood circulation to the brain and can cause you to pass out. Your brain needs that extra oxygen to help you maintain balance. Anxiety and dehydration, which also deprives the brain of oxygen will often exacerbate this fainting phenomenon – something you can do without at your wedding. You definitely don’t want to show up in one of those videos on America’s Funniest Videos or on blooper shows.

Heat (especially in my Arizona weddings) and alcohol don’t make standing upright for periods of time very easy. Drink plenty of water (and maybe some Gatorade) in the dressing area and limit your alcohol intake. A good rule is: No booze before the ceremony.

Be sure to eat a good breakfast the day of your wedding. Don’t go all day without giving your tummy something more to think about than being nervous.

It helps to provide a light healthy snack for your attendants so that they can nibble on something tasty and easy to eat like bananas or nectarines to keep their electrolytes balanced. No Red Bull or energy drinks, no espresso and limit the caffeine – they may work short term but you don’t know when they will wear off and its not worth the risk.

Some fainting symptoms are:

• A feeling of heaviness in the legs
• Blurred vision
• Confusion
• Feeling warm or hot
• Lightheadedness, dizziness, a floating feeling
• Nausea
• Sweating
• Vomiting
• Yawning

The best thing you can do if overcome with nerves or if you feel any of the symptoms listed above is to take a few deep cleansing breaths and relax your shoulders and legs and get that blood flowing. And, if possible, have a seat so you don’t fall down.

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