The main difference between the short and long string wands is the length of the string and the swiveled finger loop. Long string wands have 9ft of string and do not come with a swiveled finger loop. Below are some tips to help you get started with your new long string wand:
String length: Your preference for string length may change over time, but a good place to start is to have your string run 1.5x the length of your wingspan. Different body types and height will require different string lengths. A swivelled finger-loop is not necessary, as the string is long enough where twisting does not interfere with long string moves.
How to hold your long string wand: There are various ways to hold the string, and the most effective and comfortable hold we’ve come across is one developed by Fine (pronounced "fee-nuh"), a long-time flow-wanderer and long-string wand innovator from Germany.
If you are right handed, slip your right arm through the loop of your wand string. Bring the end of the loop up to your shoulder, gather the strings together, snug them up your armpit, and wrap them around the back of your neck.
The wand string will be resting on the left side of your neck, and your wand should be resting on the ground. Use both hands to pick up the strings and the wand.
If you are left handed, you can do the opposite. Slip your left arm inside the loop of your wand string. Bring the end of the loop up to your shoulder, gather the strings together, snug them up your armpit, and wrap them around the back of your neck. The wand string will be resting on the right side of your neck.
We have a flow-wand fundamentals DVD that covers beginning short string, long string and double wand techniques with lessons, tips and troubleshooting, and inspiration: http://www.flowtoys.com/flow-wand-fundamentals/
You can also get the digital download for long string specific lessons on Vimeo:
A note on attire: We recommend comfortable fitted clothing that will not obstruct the string or the wand. For Long string, hoods tend to get in the way. If you have long hair, you will want to put it up and out of the way as well.
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