We all know how to breathe, but how often do we take a deep breath?
Deep breathing has profound effects on our mental clarity, gives us more energy, and also is our direct route to relaxation. Most of the time we are using a small amount of our lung capacity, breathing shallow into just the very top our chest.
Let’s do some guided deep breathing!
First, get into a comfortable position whether we are standing sitting or lying down. If you have an option, lay on your back with your whole body relaxed on a comfortable surface or sit tall feeling your spine tall and relax your shoulders. Place one hand on your chest and another on your belly button. Now bring your focus to your whole torso and relax your stomach. Let your stomach stick out, nice and relaxed.
Like a water jug filling from bottom to top, Inhale through your nose and direct your breath all the way down to your bottom hand first. Continue to fill up and expand the middle of your torso, then to your top hand on your chest and all the way up to your collar bones. Your belly should expand and puff out while you inhale.
Now let your breath float out on the exhale. You hands help you feel the rise and fall of your breathing. Do this a few times. Go at your own pace. If you have never done this before, take it easy. Don’t try hard to get the breath in. Just do what feels comfortable and as you practice this, you will feel your breathing get easier and deeper.
This can be done anytime and anywhere while you are living life. You can also do a period of deep breathing as a way to have a moment to yourself to meditate and decrease stress. It is also a wonderful way to fall asleep. Once you start deep breathing on a regular basis, you might notice that even your unconscious breath is deeper then before.
Deep breathing is a foundation tool in your arsenal of wellness. It can be the pathway to increased body awareness and directly affects your body’s capacity to relax. It is so simple yet so profound.
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A Wholistic Mindset
A wholistic mindset is the understanding that everything is connected and interrelated. Knowing and applying this can help you now and preventatively.
You are asking yourself “how does this pertain to the pain I am feeling now? Or the overall tension, lack of mobility or inflexibility, emotional stress?
Well it has everything to do with it!
Whether you stumbled upon my site, or were referred here, you are somewhat interested in Myofascial Release right? Why else would you be reading this. Well myofascial Release is a wholistic Therapy because it treats your whole body finding the cause of your pain. This is very important to understand! Many times it is easy to get very fixated on our symptoms because they are causing us grief, not allowing us to be active and do the things we love to do. Our symptoms are important, but our symptoms usually have other areas of our body connected to and causing painful and tight symptom.
Visualize a web that is 3-Dimensional in your whole entire body. Visualize this web having a glued down , stuck area in your shoulder for example. It is knotted, glued and hard. Then picture yourself moving around normally, walking, noticing this glue down area that is unable to move around freely with the rest of your body. Now what happens? That area pulls on maybe your neck every time you look to the side, and while you are lying down….now one day you suddenly have a Headache, and it doesn’t go away. Or it comes back every so often, usually feeling the same as the time before?
Should your head and neck be treated? Sure, but how long will it stay looser and freer until that glued down area continues to pull and aggravate it again?
What makes sense would be to treat the shoulder right? It seems so obvious in this example. But of course we don’t necessarily know this when we are in pain. We think the area that hurts is unrelated to the rest of our body. Unfortunately we all have been taught this. It is overlooking a key principle.
We are wholistic beings.
Our body isn’t separated into parts where one area is unaffected from another. We are a whole unit, not just working together, but are one!
Now you might be wondering about this web I was talking about. Fascia is a web in our entire body. It is part of what our muscles are made of and also continues throughout our whole body. That plus a fluid component (ground substance) is the internal environment supporting and penetrating through all our blood vessels, nerves, organs.
When an area gets tight, it gets glued together, stuck, knotted, or restricted. The natural fluidity in that area of our body decrease. Fascia becomes restricted. Then like I had said before, that restricted area starts to effect other areas because there is a constant pull through the web of fascia creating symptoms.
That symptom is like the tip of an iceberg above the surface of the water with the cause like the rest of the hidden ice in the depth of the ocean.
What causes the fascia to get tight in the first place?
over time areas slowly get tighter and tighter until it suddenly sets off pain. For example one day you bend down to pick something up and when you rise back up your back locks up. It seems like it happened suddenly, but in reality it was building up and finally caused pain.
This is the same as repetitive trauma. Our body will start to tighten up in certain areas from the strain of certain positions that we hold for a long period of time that don’t feel natural to us.
an accident, a car accident a fall, etc, a sudden occurrence
Emotions are a natural part of life. Some emotions that are unresolved can cause physical tightness. I am sure you can think of a time when you felt “stressed out” and a certain area of your body tightened up like your shoulders, neck. It could be anywhere really.
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