Breathing can change your body, your mind, in short, it can change your life. This is not a motivational phrase from a well-liked influencer. It's not that breathing will make your abs grow, the zeros in your bank account grow, or your face change. That's not the point. It is already known the benefits for our body, a conscious breathing accompanied by specific movements. It has been more than demonstrated that we can regulate, for example, our emotions, thanks to a conscious breathing. In addition, our body can change to unthinkable points.
This was the case for Katharina Schroth, born in 1894 in Dresden, Germany, who suffered from moderate scoliosis. She decided to undergo treatment with a steel brace at the age of 16 to correct the curvature of her spine. She refused to accept that her fate was disability.
Not so long ago scoliosis had no cure, and for most people it could mean spending their lives in bed or in a wheelchair. Katharina had another idea, which she called orthopedic breathing. She would stand in front of a mirror, twist her body, inhale through one lung and then the other. After a few years of doing these stretches, her spine would become straight.
When she realized that her scoliosis could be cured, she began to teach this breathing technique to others. By the age of 40, Katharina was running her own center. At that time, the hospitals had given up on these people, but Katharina had a very different way of thinking. The medical community repeatedly tried to close her center, claiming that she was not a doctor and/or therapist and that she was not qualified to treat these people. She ignored them all and continued to help many people with scoliosis for the next 50 years. Katharina died in 1985, just 5 days before her 91st birthday.
Throughout her life Katharina helped thousands of people change their bodies, and more importantly, their expectations of the quality of life they could have. Breathing, together with certain stretches, can not only change the position of our spine, it can also change our brain. It is already known that such exercises can reduce our anxiety, depression, and improve our quality of life. For this, it is not enough to do it once, you have to repeat it regularly.
On this link you can find Katharina's full story.