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The Butt Part 3: The Backstory on Pelvic Alignment! with Susan Haines, MFA, NKT, FMT, IASTM

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Susan Haines
Date
November 17, 2020

The Butt Part 3: The Backstory on Pelvic Alignment!

by Susan Haines, MFA, NKT, FMT, IASTM

If you’ve been following my previous posts about the butt on the Muse blog, you know the backstory here-- pun intended! I’m bringing our focus to the other side of the pelvic alignment story—the posterior pelvic tilt!

The Posterior Pelvic Tilt (PPT) hasn’t received a lot of press these day due to the fact that its high profile sibling, the darling of the computer age: Anterior Pelvic Tilt (APT), gets most of the attention. This is the one taking all the credit for low back pain and tight hip flexors resulting from too much prolonged sitting. You can see why the APT is Queen for a lot of bodies. But the PPT deserves our attention too, in fact many dancers are working in this misaligned position because it offers us an exaggerated kinesthetic sensation of working the glutes and deep rotators, and lower abdominals. Dancers like to FEEL that they are working the right muscles and regions of the body, and moving into even a slight Posterior Pelvic Tilt can offer us that elusive feeling that we are doing *something* to find stability in the hip and leg. A dancer may also be working in a posterior pelvic tilt due to alignment cues from the teacher. We all respond differently to imagery, and I see many students try to “lengthen their back” by slightly tucking the pelvis under and holding a Posterior Pelvic Tilt.

Some dancers may be working in a posterior pelvic tilt due to body image issues.  At too many studios across the country, you will see dancers in profile to the mirror, craning their neck sideways to catch a glimpse of how their tush is shaping up, or sticking out! I’ve worked with many dancers who say that tucking the pelvis under was a way to look like they had “less of a butt”. I am hopeful that a more body positive society with knowledge about the FUNCTION of the glutes can overtake our obsession with the FORM of the butt that causes so many dancers to contort into positions in hopes of appearing smaller or thinner or longer or shorter or curvier.

In the same way that sucking in your abdominals for aesthetic purposes interferes with breath and neurological core control, tucking the pelvis for aesthetic purposes is going to create issues with muscular activation and neurological response from the mechanoreceptors in the hip socket and spinal ligaments. Let’s celebrate all bodies and honor their power, instead of trying to alter shape and size with strategies like these.

Try moving your pelvis into a posterior tilt, standing in parallel on two feet and slightly tucking the pelvis under. This results in tilting your pelvic halves upward, and it may offer you the sensation that you have created length in your low back as the pelvis tucks under. Taking out the spinal curves by lengthening the low back actually creates the potential for more injury as it alters how the spine can absorb compressive forces and load.

As you hold this tucked pelvis, you may feel your lowest external rotators of the hip activate or be tensioned in this position, you may feel a stretching in the front of the hip or feel the femur being pushed toward the front of the hip capsule. Or you may feel like “hey I’m just standing here, this feels pretty normal!”

Lift one leg and notice what happens to your pelvic alignment. Do you stay in the posterior pelvic tilt with pelvis tucked under, or does your body respond in a different way? Maybe you even move towards an anterior pelvic tilt by flexing at the hip to get more stability on one leg. Noticing how we react to a single leg balance can help us understand where we might need to build stability through more functional alignment.

The body is complex! There can be many factors affecting our alignment and movement patterns, from all the way down at the foot to up at the neck and head—and everywhere in between. The pelvic halves and sacrum do move in a complicated relationship to each other and the femurs, we are trying to ensure that we don’t interfere with this by locking the pelvis into a tuck. More on this in a later post! It is important to recognize that misalignments are the body trying its best with the information at hand. So, pat yourself on the back and let’s see if your body could use new or different information that will help you discover greater strength, stability and power.

As dancers know, finding proper alignment is important—but in this case the usual visual cues of alignment, stacking the bones on top of each other doesn’t really help us. The alignment we need requires a much deeper awareness in order to centrify the hip socket. The hip socket with all its curved surfaces doesn’t really “stack up” the in the way we envision a vertical tower. Finding balance at the hip socket requires more of a “centering” approach. When the femur is centered in the hip socket, there can be more efficiency in the joint from a mechanical and neurological perspective due to the signals sent from the ligaments and muscle spindles to and from the brain. When we have a joint being loaded into an imbalanced position(like holding the pelvis in a tilt in order to crank more turnout or find stability),  these compensation movements can become ingrained in the motor cortex, “essentially reprogramming normal movement patterns” (Page, et al, 2010).

Vladimir Janda, a famous biomechanist stated that musculoskeletal injury can result from: altered movement patterns due to muscle imbalance, which causes biomechanical inefficiency and overload of structures over time.  This ‘overload of structures over time’ pretty much sums up the repetitive nature of dance training.  (Page, et al, 2010)

For dancers holding a PPT or any moderate to extreme misalignment in weight bearing for extended periods of time on one leg, this may be setting up an movement pattern that can result in injury. Holding an extreme tucked pelvis can cause the head of the femur to be pushed towards the front of the hip capsule, meaning the ligaments at the front are consistently being overstretched. Ligaments, once they are stretched beyond their capabilities, don’t stretch back. It’s like the elastic in an old bathing suit, once it goes, its gone! And as dancers, we need to keep our ligamentous elasticity working for us as long as possible!

Dancers need strong, functional glutes that offer stability and power. The key to building this power is understanding how to use the muscles around the hip and lower trunk to support movement, not just being able to find the “perfect” position in a standing alignment. Because dancers want to do a whole lot more than just stand there in place! This means building requisite strength to handle the demands of our art form. For some dance styles this means the ability to drop deep into a wide stance with the lower body and shift your weight to the ground smoothly, for others this means maintaining low positions with full knee flexion and returning to standing effortlessly, and for others it means holding stability on one leg while the other is gesturing up somewhere by your ear. And all of the movements in between! Finding the centering of the femur head in the hip socket and a connection to your glutes will offer power and efficiency for all these varied movements.

We’ll start by bringing awareness to a new positioning of the pelvis, which of course requires the whole body to find balance with the fascial lines, and curves of the spine and trunk.

Begin by rolling out the lower gluteal region, the “underbutt” area: medium pressure moving slowly on the lower deep external rotator and gluteal region, and high hamstring area. Using a pinky ball or softer ball based on dancer preference, slowly roll out the right side for 90 seconds, then progress through the video exercises for the right side. Then proceed with rolling out the left side.

Here is a video with a few exercises to help center the femur and bring awareness to your pelvic alignment.

https://vimeo.com/477843250

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 For more information about centering the femur and pelvic alignment, check out my earlier Apolla Muse Blog posts on the butt and visit www.danceconditioningtechnique.com

 

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BIEL, ANDREW,. TRAIL GUIDE TO MOVEMENT: 2015. BOOKS OF DISCOVERY PUBLISHING, BOULDER.
BOND, MARY, THE NEW RULES OF POSTURE, 2007, HEALING ARTS PRESS, ROCHESTER
CLIPPINGER, KAREN, “DANCE ANATOMY AND KINESIOLOGY” 2007, HUMAN KINETICS, CHAMPAIGN, IL
DICHARRY, JAY, ANATOMY FOR RUNNERS, 2012 SKYHORSE PUBLISHING, NEW YORK
DOWD, IRENE, “TAKING ROOT TO FLY” 1996, CONTACT EDITIONS, NEW YORK
Gam, Clara Fischer https://www.iadms.org/blogpost/1177934/214940/Dancing-with-the-pelvis-Alignment-deviations-and-mobility
KRASNOW, D. MONASTERIO, R. AND CHATFIELD, S. EMERGING CONCEPTS OF POSTURE AND ALIGNMENT, “MEDICAL PROBLEMS OF PERFORMING ARTISTS” MARCH 2001.
MYERS THOMAS, ANATOMY TRAINS 2009, CHURCHILL LIVINGSTONE ELSEVIER, EDINBURGH.
PAGE, P, FRANJK, C, LARDNER, R, “ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT OF MUSCLE IMBALANCE THE JANDA APPROACH, 2010, HUMAN KINETICS, CHAMPAIGN, IL.
RUSSEL, J. PREVENTING DANCE INJURIES, CURRENT PERSPECTIVES, OPEN ACCESS JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE, DOVER PRESS JOURNAL 2013
TODD, MABEL, “THE THINKING BODY” 1937, PRINCETON PUBLISHING, NEW JERSEY.
EFFECTIVE USE OF TURNOUT: BIOMECHANICAL, NEUROMUSCULAR, AND BEHAVIORAL CONSIDERATIONS
GAYANNE GROSSMAN, ED.M., P.T., DONNA KRASNOW, M.S., AND THOMAS M. WELSH, PH.D.
JOURNAL OF DANCE EDUCATION • VOLUME 5, NUMBER 1, 2005
MCGILL, S.M. 2007 ‪LOW BACK DISORDERS: EVIDENCE-BASED PREVENTION AND REHABILITATION, HUMAN KINETICS, CHAMPAIGN, IL
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Susan Haines is a Dance Kinesiologist based in Bellingham, WA bridging the latest research in fascia, biomechanics, and neuroscience into dance training. Susan is a Level III NeuroKinetic Therapy practitioner; a sophisticated treatment modality that addresses the causes of dysfunctional movement in the motor control center. This work led her to create Dance Conditioning Technique, a unique training system that focuses on foundational strength. She has worked with dancers from American Ballet Theatre, American Repertory Ballet, Ballet Austin, and Oregon Balle Theatre to create conditioning programs for greater ease in turnout, pointe work, and partnering. She has an MFA from UNCG-Greesnboro where she studied with leaders in the field of Somatics and Kinesiology: Dr. Jill Green and B.J. Sullivan. She is a certified Pilates instructor who studied under Carolyn Watson, MS, LaC, Karen Clippinger, and Franklin Method with Eric Franklin and Tom McCook. She is trained in functional movement patterning and taping with Dr. Perry Nickelston and is a certified FMT Mobility Specialist. She is on faculty at Western Washington University teaching contemporary, ballet, jazz, and kinesiology in her Apolla Shocks. She has presented her dance conditioning research at conferences nationwide.

www.danceconditioningtechnique.com

@danceconditioningtechnique


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Tips for Sizing

      • The Alpha Shock is a snug toe fit and the Infinite Shock has a freedom fit toe

        • If a dancer has a very wide foot and is on the top end of the size range listed, you may choose to go up a size in the Alpha Shock

          • For example, if they are a size 7.5 with a very wide foot or you typically range between a 7.5-8.0 instead of a 7.0-7.5, you may be more comfortable in a size Large Alpha Shock instead of the size Medium. Your sizing in the Infinite Shock should not be affected with a wider foot

      • The Performance Shock/AMP Shock fits similar to the Infinite but the size chart IS slightly different so please take note! The top of each size range is borderline, here are tips to help you determine your best fit.
        • Foot size, narrowness and age may change the size up or down.
        • You may consider selecting the smaller of your border line size IF:
          • You are at the low end of a size range and are younger than 11 years of age, are very petite boned for your age, and/or have a narrower foot than average for your size
            • For example, an 11-year--old who wears a size 5.5-6 shoe would choose a size Small Infinite instead of a Medium (based on the size chart) or a very petite boned adult
          • A 16-year-old who typically ranges between sizes 6.0-6.5 street shoes and has average leg and foot size would choose the recommended size Medium.
          • A 16-year-old that ranges 5.5-6.0 with a narrower foot will likely be more comfortable in a size Small
          • Also consider if you are a 6.0-6.5 but very narrow feet or petite boned if you prefer a snug fit in the toes you may want a small, if you like wiggle room, go with the Medium.
        • Every dancer has a preference…some will love the lower profile of the Performance, some may miss the snug hug of the Infinite up the calf.
          • The Performance Shock has the same arch and ankle support and differs in:
            • Lower profile & softer opening:  the top of the Shock should hit below the bottom of the calf and goes on easier. The Infinite hits mid-calf
            • Sleeker and fitted in the toes than the Infinite to accentuate the feet and create a more seamless look onstage. But still has freedom.
        • For the Infinite Shock sizing, foot size, narrowness and age may change the size
          • You may consider selecting one size smaller if:
            • You are at the low end of a size range and are younger than 11 years of age, are very petite boned for your age, and/or have a narrower foot than average for your size

              • For example, an 11-year--old who wears a size 5.5-6 shoe would choose a size Small Infinite instead of a Medium (based on the size chart)

            • A 16-year-old who typically ranges between sizes 6.0-6.5 street shoes and has average leg and foot size would choose the recommended size Medium.

            • A 16-year-old that ranges 5.5-6.0 with a narrower foot will likely be more comfortable in a size Small

          • The Infinite has the MOST freedom in the toes of all Shock styles…so with the above rules also consider if you prefer a snug fit in the toes (go with the smaller size you are borderline for) or want some wiggle room (go to the larger size you are border line for)

        • The Performance Shock/AMP Shock fits like the Infinite but the size chart IS slightly different so please take note! The top of each size range is borderline, use the same rules of the Infinite to size.

          • Every dancer has a preference…some will love the lower profile of the Performance, some may miss the snug hug of the Infinite up the calf. Remember the purpose of the Performance is to create the perfect line on stage while providing Apolla support and the Infinite is to give maximum support and protection for long days and rehearsals.

          • The Performance Shock has the same arch and ankle support and differs in:

            • Lower profile & softer opening: the top of the Shock should hit below the bottom of the calf and goes on easier. The Infinite hits mid-calf

            • Sleeker and fitted in the toes than the Infinite to accentuate the feet and create a more seamless look onstage. But still has freedom.

        • The Joule Shock:

          • If you are border line and have a very short arch (the length of your overall shoe size is primarily made up of the ball of your foot and toes) or you are very narrow feet/petite boned, go down a size.

          • If the Joule loses it shape, wash it with normal care instructions and it should regain its shape nicely.

        • Please watch our quick How To Wear (www.apollaperformance.com/pages/how-to-wear) tutorial videos to see how to put them on.

        • The K-Warmer Shock:

          • Measurements are given as a range that it may fit. Most likely starting about an average 13/14 yr. old female on thru an adult petite/average male dancer. However, it may vary based on ersonal preference.

    Please watch our quick How To Wear tutorial videos to see how to put them on.

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    Each of our Shocks come with our revolutionary support, what we call our 3 A’s.

    1.Arch support
    2.Ankle stability
    3.energy Absorption

    Each has their own unique performance features that help to protect and support you for the many different preferences of dancers along with the different needs of style, class, performance and traction.

    You will feel the benefits of all our Apolla Shocks. However, we recommend you knowing the different levels of support and features to decide what is best for you and your dancer’s individual needs. It is our mission to continue to innovate and deliver a Shock for every dancer’s needs, so you will always have what you need in your dance bag. They truly are the last and only dance sock or footwear you will ever want or need!

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    The Joule Size Chart

    The feet are fickle (and so are your preferences). Each person will fit their Shocks differently…so below the charts are size GUIDES…SEE BELOW FOR SIZING TIPS to help get you in your best fit!

    Tips for Sizing:

    • The Joule Shock:
    • If you are border line and have a very short arch (the length of your overall shoe size is primarily made up of the ball of your foot and toes) or you are very narrow feet/petite boned, go down a size.
    • If the Joule loses it shape, wash it with normal care instructions and it should regain its shape nicely.
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    The K-Warmer Size Chart

    The feet are fickle (and so are your preferences). Each person will fit their Shocks differently…so below the charts are size GUIDES…SEE BELOW FOR SIZING TIPS to help get you in your best fit!

    Tips for Sizing:

    • The K-Warmer Shock:
    • Measurements are given as a range that it may fit. Most likely starting about an average 13/14 yr. old female on thru an adult petite/average male dancer. However, it may vary based on personal preference.
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    The Infinite Shock Size Chart

    The feet are fickle (and so are your preferences). Each person will fit their Shocks differently…so below the charts are size GUIDES…SEE BELOW FOR SIZING TIPS to help get you in your best fit!

    Tips for Sizing:

    • For the Infinite Shock sizing, foot size, narrowness and age may change the size
    • You may consider selecting one size smaller if:  
      • You are at the low end of a size range and are younger than 11 years of age, are very petite for your age, and/or have a narrower foot than average for your size
        • For example, an 11-year--old who wears a size 5.5-6 shoe would choose a size Small Infinite instead of a Medium (based on the size chart) 
      • A 16-year-old who typically ranges between sizes 6.0-6.5 street shoes and has average leg and foot size would choose the recommended size Medium.
      • A 16-year-old that ranges 5.5-6.0 with a narrower foot will likely be more comfortable in a size Small
    • The Infinite has the MOST freedom in the toes of all Shock styles…so with the above rules also consider if you prefer a snug fit in the toes (go with the smaller size you are borderline for) or want some wiggle room (go to the larger size you are border line for)
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    The Alpha Shock Size Chart

    The feet are fickle (and so are your preferences). Each person will fit their Shocks differently…so below the charts are size GUIDES…SEE BELOW FOR SIZING TIPS to help get you in your best fit!

    Tips for Sizing:

    • The Alpha Shock is a snug toe fit and the Infinite Shock has a freedom fit toe
    • If a dancer has a very wide foot and is on the top end of the size range listed, you may choose to go up a size in the Alpha Shock
      • For example, if they are a size 7.5 with a very wide foot or you typically range between a 7.5-8.0 instead of a 7.0-7.5, you may be more comfortable in a size Large Alpha Shock instead of the size Medium. Your sizing in the Infinite Shock should not be affected with a wider foot
      • Please watch our quick How To Wear tutorial videos to see how to put them on.

    Before placing a group order please feel free to email with any questions on any of your dancers that may be an exception to the sizing chart or are on the border line of sizes.

    Apolla Shocks Support Scale:

    Each of our Shocks come with our revolutionary support, what we call our 3 A’s.

    1. Arch support
    2. Ankle stability
    3. energy Absorption

    Each has their own unique performance features that help to protect and support you for the many different preferences of dancers along with the different needs of style, class, performance and traction.

    You will feel the benefits of all our Apolla Shocks. However, we recommend you knowing the different levels of support and features to decide what is best for you and your dancer’s individual needs. It is our mission to continue to innovate and deliver a Shock for every dancer’s needs, so you will always have what you need in your dance bag. They truly are the last and only dance sock or footwear you will ever want or need!

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    Apolla is proud to make high quality, premium products that are 100% made in the USA and we strive to provide equally as excellent customer service. In that spirit, we promise to do everything we can to help you get into your perfect fit and style of Shocks. We want you to be life-long customers. Please reach out to us in one of the many available contact options (Click Here) so we can guide you to your best fit before you place your order.

    We also have a Fit Finder Quiz to help you determine your best style of Shock (CLICK HERE). 

    However, we know it is impossible to always make perfect purchases, and you may be hesitant to purchase if you are not sure they will work. With that in mind, we want you to ALWAYS reach out to us if you have ANY questions or concerns with your purchase. We are here to help and guarantee 100% satisfaction. We WANT to hear from you whether it is positive or critical feedback...we thrive on helping our customers. If on the rare occasion the Shocks are not for you, and we can't get you into the right fit or style for YOUR fit preferences? We will refund your original order…simple as that!

    IMPORTANT NOTES ON REFUNDS, RETURNS, EXCHANGES, ETC:

    • Apolla will requireThe Shocks to be shipped back in order to process the refund.
    • Refund will only be applied once the Shocks have been received at our fulfillment center.
    • You must email Apolla at info@apollaperformance to start the exchange or return process and get information.
      • Please allow 48 hours to hear back on directions to return. 
      • Once the Shocks have arrived back at the fulfillment center, please allow up to 2 weeks for the return to process.
        • We will contact you once our fulfillment center has notified us. 
    • The customer is responsiblefor any shipping charges associated with the return OR exchange.
    • We prefer returns and exchanges are sent back with their original packaging.
    • Apolla will first try to exchange your Shocks to determine if a different style, fit, or size will meet satisfaction before refunding since we do believe there is an Apolla Shock for everyone.
    • Apolla will replace any products due to manufacturing defects and exchange products due to any sizing issue.
      • The product may have been tried on. However, we ask you do not dance in the Shocks until you determine the fit and style is perfect for you. 
    • Items may always be exchanged for an item of higher, equal, or lesser value.
      • If a product is exchanged for lesser value, we will refund the difference.
      • If the product is exchanged for a higher value we will send you an invoice to pay the difference.
    • All refunds (online or in person) will be issued according to the method of payment used in the original purchase. 
    • Please allow 3-5 business days once the refund has been issued to see the payment received back on the original form of payment. 
    • Shipping and handling charges are non-refundable and we are not able to provide return shipping labels at this time.

    Apolla is not responsible for pairs purchased from a retailer/stockist/distributor. Shocks must have been purchased from Apolla Performance directly for our Apolla Promise to be honored with the customer...but again...we want you satisfied...so please let us know if your retailer can't help you so we can keep you supported and protected. We will reach out to the retailer to see if we can reach a solution together. 

    Please contact us at info@apollaperformance.com to receive instructions to “Return & Exchange”. You will receive a response within 24-48 hours. 

    If your return or exchange is urgent, you can typically reach us faster on our FB messenger chat or our live website chat during normal business hours. Please see our Contact Us page.

    Helpful tips:

    • Please see Apolla FAQ's & Tips page to get many questions on sizing, traction, style etc. answered before contacting Apolla directly. 
    • If your Shocks do NOT start sticky with your first steps feeling strong resistance...PLEASE LET US KNOW at info@apollaperformance.com
    • Make sure to try on Apolla Shocks® immediately upon receipt to check sizing before you dance in them
    • We cannot return or exchange Shocks without knowing the proper size and gender
    • For the Alphas, please make sure to keep packaging insert with the proper pair so you can keep track of the Alpha size and gender
    • Remember, these are compression garments so they are tight
    • Scroll down on the size charts to see the size chart tips to make sure your Shocks are fitting correctly
    AGAIN, PLEASE CONTACT US with any questions or concerns...we really do care and we really want you happy with your purchase. ;-) X
    The AMP & Performance Shock Size Chart

    The feet are fickle (and so are your preferences). Each person will fit their Shocks differently…so below the charts are size GUIDES…SEE BELOW FOR SIZING TIPS to help get you in your best fit!

    Tips for Sizing:

    • The Performance Shock/AMP Shock fits similar to the Infinite but the size chart IS slightly different so please take note! The top of each size range is borderline, here are tips to help you determine your best fit.
      • Foot size, narrowness and age may change the size up or down.
      • You may consider selecting the smaller of your border line size IF:
        • You are at the low end of a size range and are younger than 11 years of age, are very petite boned for your age, and/or have a narrower foot than average for your size
          • For example, an 11-year--old who wears a size 5.5-6 shoe would choose a size Small Infinite instead of a Medium (based on the size chart) or a very petite boned adult
        • A 16-year-old who typically ranges between sizes 6.0-6.5 street shoes and has average leg and foot size would choose the recommended size Medium.
        • A 16-year-old that ranges 5.5-6.0 with a narrower foot will likely be more comfortable in a size Small
        • Also consider if you are a 6.0-6.5 but very narrow feet or petite boned if you prefer a snug fit in the toes you may want a small, if you like wiggle room, go with the Medium.
      • Every dancer has a preference…some will love the lower profile of the Performance, some may miss the snug hug of the Infinite up the calf.
      • The Performance Shock has the same arch and ankle support and differs in:
        • Lower profile & softer opening: the top of the Shock should hit below the bottom of the calf and goes on easier. The Infinite hits mid-calf
        • Sleeker and fitted in the toes than the Infinite to accentuate the feet and create a more seamless look onstage. But still has freedom.
    Gift bag or gift box?

    Make gift giving easy and special this year with Apolla Gift Boxes and Gift Bags!

    If you are purchasing multiple pairs to give as gifts to individuals, go for the gift bag. We recommend the bags for only 1-2 pairs. If you are buying 3-5 pairs to gift one person, we recommend the Apolla Gift Box.

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    *Must have made a 1st purchase to create an account and redeem reward points.
    HOLIDAY PROMO: Purchase of gift card $50 or More & you will be emailed a Free Ship Code! This is limited to the following rules and regulations.

    For US Billing Address: You will receive a code for FREE shipping anywhere in the US for any amount. (excluding Hawaii, Alaska, and PR. These locations will follow the international order values).

    If you are an international billing address you will receive a code that will credit your order up to the following values.

    • $50 gift cards will receive a code valued at up to $5.95 USD credit
    • $75 gift cards will receive a code valued up to $6.95 USD credit
    • $100 gift cards will receive a code valued up to $8.95 USD credit

    Limit one time use. Enter codes in promo box at checkout when Shocks are purchased and credit will be applied to the order. This Free Ship code will be valid for 90 days from purchase. The Free Ship code will be emailed to you separately from your purchase receipt.

    The Free Ship email will be sent within 72 hours of purchase. If you have not received after 72 hours please email info@apollaperformance.com so we can resend. This offer is valid until 11:59 Pacific on December 25th, 2017.