We at LOLA know that the grief you feel at the loss of your child will be overwhelming. While the pain of that loss will remain intense for some time, it can be possible to find ease by placing mental and physical trust in yourself and by increasing your strength slowly, safely and consciously.
In particular, if you are able to move and physically connect to the areas of the body where you are ‘holding’ your emotional strain, you will give yourself the best chance of emotional connection and recovery. As you progress through your grief it is important to find ways to coordinate your mental and the physical self, especially around your abdomen, where so much change and loss has taken place. As you allow yourself to feel, strengthen and connect to this area, you also create the potential for emotional release. By practising of a series of exercises you are also making time for yourself. Time to feel, focus and aim towards recovery. This is positive and caring act you can do for yourself at a time when you need it most.
Pilates is also a very useful form of exercise to help you focus your mind and allow you not only to become physically, but also mentally, stronger. Where Pilates is able to help you to establish emotional and mental strength, this may also help you to manage the deep pain and sorrow you feel after losing your baby. In this way, Pilates may be helpful for you in coping with the things which have happened to you before now, and in beginning to think about the future again.
In particular, Pilates may support your emotional recovery and help you to:
- Relieve stress
- Re-balance your emotional wellbeing
- Give you a chance to take time for reflection and peace in a quiet space