Samantha Lisboa is a Brazilian physiotherapist and Pilates teacher with more than 13 years’ experience in sculpting bodies. But she’s also one of only 10 instructors in the UK to be trained in a method known as ‘low pressure fitness’ – a technique designed to enhance muscle tone, improve posture and even strengthen the pelvic floor. 

While working from home certainly has its perks (an extra hour in bed, no commute, free coffee) it also has some downsides, including the toll it’s taking on our backs and necks. Sitting at an office desk for eight hours every day is bad enough, but sitting at a dining table on a dining chair, on the sofa or in bed is far, far worse for our posture. Over time, obvious problems start to arise, from neck pain to muscle spasms, to general tightness in the shoulders.

The term ‘hypo’ refers to a reduction – this form of exercise reduces pressure to the abdominal and pelvic floor cavities… Samantha Lisbôa is a trained Pilates instructor and physiotherapist – and one of the few people in the UK who is trained in this new technique.

You don’t have to do it for hours, just enough to get your heart pumping and circulation flowing. And if you truly can’t be bothered with finding an online class, turn on some music in the kitchen and dance around for 10 minutes.

Samantha Lisboa, a physiotherapist and Pilates instructor, says dance can change your mood, brighten up your environment, tone muscles, improve posture, increase self-confidence and relax the mind.

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