Restorative Breathing

[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”left”]‘I had surgery to my lower spine 10 years ago and now the scar tissue is causing spinal stenosis. I swim, have acupuncture and attend fran’s pilates class. The combination helps to keep the pressure off the nerves near the scar.

When Fran introduced me to restorative breathing i was taking a number of pain killers and still found a deep breath into the lower back nerves painful. Gradually my breathing became deeper and effortless. Fran introduced some more moves to do with the breathing and soon my movement and breathing synchronised, and without effort my confidence in my movement increased.

I now use the Lois method daily and vary my positions, i have found my ability to manage my pain has increased and with it the severity of the pain has decreased. This has happened gradually over a few months and i now subconsciously breath better and effectively during exercise, and while performing as a singer, a nice side benefit i have realised’.

David West, Coventry.

Through my Pilates practice I’ve learnt just how important correct breathing patterns are to all human function.

This interest in the power of the breath led to me undertaking a new training course in 2014 called Restorative Breathing.

This is actually a very simple technique which literally anyone can learn. It is especially useful for helping to alleviate pain, restore movement and to generally make you feel more alive!

Restorative Breathing is all about learning how to breathe efficiently and effectively so that your body and brain can work at their optimal potential!

If you are currently injured and aren’t sure if you are ready to join a Pilates class or if you’ve been injured for a while and have tried other therapies without success then Restorative Breathing could be the answer you’ve been looking for.

Restorative breathing is also amazing for athletes or those training at a very high level to improve their breathing function even further. Once you’ve learnt the technique you will be able to use it during training and events to aid recovery and improve performance.

How does it work?

Because breathing is the number 1 function our body has to perform – we can’t survive without it! – our body will protect our ability to breathe above all else. Sometimes due to chronic issues like posture problems or acute injuries like a bump to the head our breathing becomes dysfunctional – it still works but not to it’s best ability.

When our breathing is dysfunctional we lose our ability to achieve optimal wellness and potential – basically we lose our chance to be the best we can be. Restorative Breathing re-sets our breathing function allowing our body to do what it needs to do in order to heal (if we’re injured) or be amazing if we’re not 🙂

I practice Restorative Breathing from my treatment cabin in my garden. Your first session is £50 and will typically last between 60 and 90 minutes. This includes a full assessment of your breathing and any issues or injuries you may have, some breathing work and you will also be given some quick, easy homework to take away.

Follow up sessions are £50 and will last for 1 hour. We will also have regular contact in between sessions to answer any questions you may have and check your progress.[/text_block]

Hypopresive Method

[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”left”]Would you  like to?

  • treat or prevent urinary incontinence?
  • treat or prevent hernias (inguinal, umbilical, disc)?
  • treat or prevent organ prolapse (uterine, bladder, rectum)?
  • tone the abdominals and reduce waist size (average 8% reduction)?
  • normalize posture and muscle tensions?
  • recover your core after having a baby?
  • increase your abdominal and pelvic floor muscle tone (average 58% increase)
  • improve your sexual function and your ability to orgasm (through less pelvic congestion and increased pelvic blood circulation)?

How can I help you achieve these things?

In February 2013 I completed my training to become a Hypopresive Method Instructor.

The Hypopresive Method, whilst being fairly new in the UK, has been around in Spain and France for the last 30 years and has been constantly tested and developed in a clinical and therapeutic setting over in Europe.  Dr. Marcel Caufriez created the Hypopresive Method – he started developing the techniques in 1980 when he saw that a woman’s uterine prolapse reduced during a vaginal exam when she performed diaphragmatic aspiration.  From here the techniques have developed into a system of physical therapy treatments for various urinary, digestive, and vascular problems, preventative methods, birth facilitation, and performance enhancement.

How does it work?

The idea behind the technique is to train your abdominal and pelvic floor muscles to work naturally i.e. to activate involuntarily. So, even when you are not thinking about them they are doing their job – one of their main functions is to support our internal organs and they should also support our back and keep our tummy flat.  Unfortunately, many of us have lost this involuntary control of our pelvic and abdominal muscles leading to various issues such as incontinence, prolapse, hernias, back pain and ‘soft’ abdominals.

The method is basically a series of breathing exercises performed in various postures and whilst this sounds easy enough it is actually a demanding technique with very specific requirements and very different from anything else you will have done before.

How can I learn the technique?

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