South Africa is experiencing a third wave of Covid-19 infections, with active cases doubling in under a month.
Whether the third wave of infections will be as destructive as the second or as muted, in comparison, as the first, cannot be accurately predicted. And it is expected that the 3rd wave will surpass the 2nd wave.
For people who have suffered from Covid and are experiencing Covid syndrome symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath, persistent coughing, joint and muscle pain, headaches and heart palpitations, there is hope in the form of Pilates.
Pilates principles have applications across all aspects of life, and particularly in health. As we know, the virus greatly impacts the lungs, so leaning to breathe properly and strengthening the respiratory system is vital for recovery.
So What is Pilates breathing?
Pilates breathing is a special breathing technique we use in Pilates that allows us to maintain a contraction of the abdominals throughout exercise. Joseph Pilates – the creator of Pilates – recognized that people generally breathe shallowly, only bringing air into the top portion of the lungs. This constricts the flow of air and can increase stress levels, which in turns leads to fatigue.
In Pilates we learn to breathe laterally all the way down the spine and into the pelvic bowl emphasizing the expansion of the breath into the back and sides of the ribcage. When the abdominals are contracted and engaged properly, they protect the spine and act like a supportive corset for the whole trunk. When this takes place, we can perform exercises easier and safely.
How does Pilates breathing assist Covid patients?
Pilates breathing is like strength training for the diaphragm and intercostal muscles. It not only provides trunk stability, which is important for good posture, but Pilates breathing also assists the parasympathetic system, which controls bodily functions when a person is at rest. Some of its’ activities include stimulating of digestion, activating metabolism, and helping the body to relax.
Many people turn to Pilates to help them recover from an injury and overcome chronic pain, physical limitations and to improve posture. Pilates teachers know a lot about muscle tissue health, biomechanics and movement quality, hence being able to utilize this knowledge to help their clients reach their goals.
How can Pilates Dynamics help to get relief from persistent Covid symptoms?
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