Breathing properly is a key principle of Pilates, and every movement includes a breath pattern of an inhale through the nose and deep exhale from the mouth while making a loud “shhh” sound. In this video, I demonstrate this Pilates breath pattern.
I’ve been practicing and teaching Pilates for the last three years or so, and it wasn’t until recently that I discovered that this Pilates breath is the best cure for hiccups. Hiccups are caused by an involuntary spasm of your diaphragm. The diaphragm plays a role in our breathing. When you use the Pilates breath pattern, especially the exhale, you work the transverse abdominis, which is a deep lying abdominal muscle that connects with the diaphragm. For me, performing a few of these breaths stops the hiccups. Try it next time you get the hiccups!