And now, something completely different

How does performing in the circus help one overcome one's social anxiety? One Israeli athlete shares her insights about the connection between body and spirit.

September 6, 2017 16:48
And now, something completely different

Shai Ramot: Circus performing as therapy.. (photo credit: INBAR ROTHSCHILD)


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What do you do if you are so shy and anxious around other people that you are barely capable of doing something as simple as buying falafel or even looking directly at the man behind the counter? How do you deal with suffering from social anxiety so intense that you are unable to speak to people clearly and just mumble nervously instead? Well, if you are a young Israeli woman named Shai Ramot, you join the circus. And, surprisingly enough, being in the circus makes you better.

Now 34 years old, Ramot grew up in Beit Zayit, not far from Jerusalem, and then Hod Hasharon. She now lives in Tel Aviv with her same-sex partner and their 10-month-old baby girl. Ramot has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and gender from Tel Aviv University, and after studying circus performing at the Sandciel Circus School of the Wingate Institute, has been a circus artist for eight years, specializing in single rope and double trapeze aerial acrobatics. Although “acrobatics” may not be quite the right word for performances that are, for Ramot, more about therapy and self-expression.


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