Quick Tips for PTSD
Suffering with PTSD can be physically exhausting. The mind and body are inseparable, going through a traumatic experience, whether psychologically or physically can have a profound effect on our physical health. In addition, to positive therapies such as counselling, meditation and relaxation techniques, mindfulness and movement are also extremely effective. Pilates can bring awareness back to the mind body connection and relieve stress, anxiety and promote healing.
Let’s look at the benefits:
Pilates increases body awareness
– It’s empowering to know how your body works, how strong it can be, how resilient. By focusing on controlled body conditioning exercises that targets the ‘core’ muscles in the abdomen, buttocks, back and pelvis along with mindful breathing, pilates improve muscle strength, core stability, balance and flexibility.
Releases tension in the core
– When trauma is too difficult to process, we store it in the body. Think of the ‘fight or flight’ response to situations. Pilates focuses on releasing and mobilising the core muscles, a great way to reset and unravel tension patterns in our core where we store many of our emotions.
Promotes focus and mindful thinking
– Trauma can leave us feeling anxious, on edge and unable to focus. Pilates focuses on isometric exercise – a powerful way to build strength. It helps to increase control and mindfulness through every movement. By concentration on breath work, it calms anxiety and promotes a better connection between your mind, body and breath to help regulate and calm the nervous system.
– More strength and stability, improved flexibility and mobility helps increase our trust in our body and this increases confidence and self worth.