Take a deep breath. Do your diaphragmatic breathing. Inhale through your nose. Exhale through the mouth. Pranayama. Empty your lungs deeply with gentle contraction of the abdominals. Using your belly breath…
In mind body classes, like Pilates and yoga, these are words and phrases that you often hear from the teacher. However many students seem to feel that breathing during this bodywork is difficult, unnatural, confusing, or just plain unnecessary. It is understandable, as chances are, students have been told several different ways and times to breathe. As long as one feels their muscles getting a great workout, then why bother to focus on the breath? Joseph Pilates wrote in Return to Life Through Contrology that, “Breathing is the first act of life, and the last…above all, learn how to breathe correctly.” One should focus on breathing because it is considered an inner shower that cleanses the body, guides the mind, and reawakens the spirit.
This connection between breathing and cleansing is exactly why OMBE’s practitioners have teamed up to offer a spring program called Cleanse Your Core. While spending 5 days of eating whole, nutritious foods that will detox and reboot your system, you can come to OMBE for 5 ballet barre, Pilates, and yoga classes because each of these mind-body fitness regimens incorporates breathing.
Why bother breathing? It…
…enhances circulation to oxygenate blood and nourish the body on a cellular level.
…ejects toxins from the body.
…improves skin tone.
…eases tension from the mind and body.
…drives and creates a rhythm for movement.
…promotes increased abdominal contraction.
Bio: Kristen Reynolds, DPT, PMA®-CPT Doctor of Physical Therapy PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher | Kristen Reynolds earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science from James Madison University in 2006 and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2009.
While practicing in orthopedics and sports medicine, a mentor introduced her to the Pilates Method and she has since pursued comprehensive certification to compliment her clinical interests. She is certified by the Pilates Method Alliance, the only professional certification in the field, as well as an active member of American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and APTA Sports Physical Therapy Section.
Always interested in sports and fitness, she is a former dancer, YMCA and Junior Olympic gymnast, coach, and ACE personal trainer. Integrating the Pilates principles and repertoire into her physical therapy practice has produced successful rehabilitation outcomes for a wide variety of patients, including adolescents, elite athletes and dancers, and individuals with chronic orthopedic conditions. Kristen utilizes this alternative therapeutic approach to improve muscle performance and joint mobility, correct posture and alignment, enhance body awareness, and create an evenly conditioned body that is more resilient to extremity and spinal injury. She greatly enjoys designing programs to target personal goals, educating clients to incorporate Pilates into their daily activities, and teaching small group Ballet Barre and Mat classes.