Improving posture can make breathing easier, help with back and neck pain, enhance our digestion, reduce heartburn and decrease seated stress incontinence.
Start by slouching over, curling your tailbone under and drooping your head forward like a wilted flower. Try to take a breath. You’ll find it’s harder to take a deep full breath when you’re slouched since our lungs have less space to expand.
Now arch your back, sticking your bottom out and pulling your head back. This isn’t good either, because you’ve shortened your low back muscles and made your belly tight, which still makes it tough to breathe properly and is not very comfortable.
Now take your hands and put them under your bottom so you feel your hip bones on your fingers. Slouch again, and then arch your back again. Notice how the bones roll on and off your hands. Come to the middle, where you can feel the hip bones pressing straight down on your fingers. This is typically where we can best line up our hips, ribs, shoulders and neck so they are all stacked nicely over one another. You can use this trick anytime you need help improving your posture.
Exercise is an important part of COVID-19 recovery in order to regain your strength, endurance, flexibility, and ability to fully take part in all aspects of your daily life. Even if you cannot yet tolerate exercise standing up or moving more vigorously, it is still very important to keep yourself as active as possible.
Stacked breathing is a technique to increase the size of the breath you are able take in. It can also improve the strength of your voice and your cough, so you can better clear out the lungs, as well as your lung flexibility.