Date: Thursday 26th January
Time: 19.00 – 20.00 UK time. Check your timezone here
Presenters: Elizabeth Larkham
Title: Fascia-Focused Movement Practices for Long Covid
The webinar will be uploaded to the Members’ Area within 72 hours of the event for free access by our members.
Rejuvenating movement practices are necessary but not sufficient to improve quality of life disrupted by long COVID. Long Haul COVID Syndrome (LHCS), known as ‘long COVID’, is characterized by prolonged malaise, headache, generalized fatigue, sleep difficulties, hair loss, smell disorder, decreased appetite, painful joints, dyspnea, chest pain, neuropsychological symptoms and cognitive dysfunction. Up to 80% of individuals who contract COVID-19 experience prolonged illness after the virus. Long COVID may persist for months after the acute infection. Almost half of people diagnosed with long COVID report reduced quality of life. Long COVID is not only seen after COVID infection but is also observed in some people who have received injections. This may be due to monocyte/ microglia activation by the spike protein. Long-COVID is characterized by severe post-exertional fatigue. Exercise may result in worsening symptoms. Individuals should be advised to engage in moderate exertion, keeping their heart rate under 110 beats per minute, increasing slowly only as tolerated. Low resistance exercises are preferred over aerobic exercises.
Experience fascia- focused movement sequences that support efficient breathing, comfort, ease and confidence during activities of daily living. Gentle full-body oscillations integrate coherent nose breathing and humming to stimulate the release of nitric oxide. The sequences include orientations in prone, side lying, supine, bridging, quadruped and standing. Use a cushioned mat adjacent to a wall if you are comfortable on the floor. A firm bed with head board will also be suitable.
Elizabeth is a pioneer of the Pilates Method Alliance® initiative Heroes in Motion® (2012). She was awarded the Medal of the Danish Society of Military Medicine (2010) in recognition of her efforts to improve the rehabilitation of wounded soldiers. As a Dance medicine Pilates Specialist at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco (1985-1999), Elizabeth developed, instructed and documented Pilates programs for orthopaedic, spine and chronic pain diagnoses. As Director of Pilates & Beyond for Western Athletic Clubs (1999-2009) she collaborated in the creation of the internationally acclaimed Mind & Body Center.
Elizabeth authored the book Fascia in Motion: Fascia-focused movement for Pilates (Handspring, September 2017) and the Pilates chapter for the book Fascia in Sport and Movement (Handspring, 2015, second edition 2021). She is co-editor of the book in preparation, Pilates Applications for Health Conditions: Case Reports and Perspectives (Handspring, 2021). Elizabeth is a Feldenkrais® practitioner and a Gyrotonic® and Gyrokinesis® instructor. She has created and filmed 50 programs on Pilates Anytime and ten on fusionpilatesedu.com. She is a Balanced Body Master Instructor and Mentor.
Elizabeth has participated in eight dissection courses taught by master dissectors Professor Carla Stecco MD, Gill Hedley PhD, Todd Garcia and John Sharkey MSc. She taught the movement component of two dissection courses hosted by Tom Myers (2015, 2016) and one hosted by Balanced Body Pilates (2018). Elizabeth is a participant in the Fascial Net Plastination Project, sponsored by the Fascia Research Society at Guben Plastinarium.
Elizabeth is the host for the Handspring Publishing webinars ‘Moved to Learn!’ and ‘Pilates Applications for Health Conditions’(2020-2021). These monthly forums for movement educators and manual therapists feature interviews with Handspring authors. They are offered on a gratis basis in recognition of the importance of providing community support during the global pandemic.
26th January 2023 - 19:00 UK time
7 pm BST
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