The past two years have been so hard on everyone. This virus has taken away so much; our jobs, our ability to be social and most importantly, our health.
I started working with those suffering from the symptoms of COVID-19 and quickly realized that I could help them get their their health and their lives back, while providing hope for their future.
I kept hearing the same symptoms: chest congestion and tightness, shortness of breath, cough, body aches, brain fog, anxiety, no energy and little to no hope. Oxygen levels plummeting and no where to turn. For some, these symptoms had been going on for several weeks and months. I felt their energy and their despair.
My exercises and techniques focus on balance of energy and deep breathing. My goal is to open up the chest, target the blockage and create energy flow throughout the body. I teach how to have a spirit-mind-body connection and use energy to movement, strengthening the immune system to heal itself.
My goal is to give people the power to heal from this virus, end their painful symptoms and build a stronger immune system.
If you are suffering from COVID-19 and the debilitating effects of this virus, or if you are a long hauler who just can't shake the symptoms, I can help.
If you are a front line worker and are scared of contracting COVID-19, I can help you strengthen your immune system, teach you how to balance your energy and keep your body healthy.
By Amanda Font
Sports trainer Harvey Shields has worked with Bay Area athletes like 49ers Jerry Rice and Garrison Hearst. He also helped train Barry Bonds during the slugger's remarkable — and controversial — record-setting home run years.
Based in Menlo Park, Shields doesn't help athletes bulk up. Rather, he watches how players move and adjusts their posture to help prevent injuries.
Not all of Shields' clients are professional athletes. When the pandemic hit, he says, people started contacting him for a different kind of injury: long-term COVID-19 symptoms. He began offering video sessions to clients, amending his training approach to focus on exercises and stretches he says help open up the chest and lungs.
Then, as the death toll rose, the pandemic started to hit closer to home. Shields hasn’t contracted the coronavirus, but friends in his home state of Mississippi have died from COVID.
“Someone asked me, 'What's the difference between helping a professional athlete to prepare for the Super Bowl and what you're doing?' ” said Shields. “I told them that preparing a person for the Super Bowl, if they don't win, they have next year to try to win again. But these people don't have next year to worry about ... Next year’s not promised to them.”
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Menlo Park resident Harvey Shields has long been a go-to guy for local residents wanting to maximize their balance of energy (spirit/mind/body) and for local athletes rehabbing injuries. While continuing with those services, he’s putting new emphasis on helping people who are suffering from the symptoms COVID-19.
“I focus on the individual, so that they can listen to their body and heal themselves from within,” he says. “That’s what improves their immune system.”
Harvey hears people complain about chest congestion and tightness, shortness of breath, cough, body aches, brain fog, and anxiety, noting that some of these symptoms had been going on for several weeks and months.
Working entirely remotely at this time, Harvey helps people recovering from COVID-19 by teaching deep breathing exercise that increase oxygen intake.
“Many people are shallow breathers not deep breathers,” he says. “By showing someone how to breathe more deeply, it gives them hope, that they can eventually do this themselves.
“This is a passion for me. The greatest success in the world is being in a position to help others.”