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Breathing Exercises

Posted on 21 April, 2021 at 0:25 Comments comments (3)

Breathing is powerful! It’s not only the way we keep our bodies functioning, but we can use it as a major influencing factor on our state of mind. Most of us don't breathe deeply enough, but the simple act of breathing correctly can help us reduce stress and tension.

 

 

 

Many holistic practitioners believe that breathing is the link between the physical body and the ethereal mind, and scientific studies have shown that correct breathing can help manage stress and stress-related conditions by soothing the nervous system. In fact, proper breathing is said to be the easiest, most effective technique for relieving stress. The way we breathe affects the tension in our muscles and influences our thoughts and feelings, and that’s why many health professionals advise people to do breathing exercises regularly.

 

 

 

If you have never tried breathing exercises before, try them now. First go to a quiet location that is free of distractions, where you can sit or lay in a comfortable body position. Eventually, when breathing techniques are mastered, this can be done anywhere.

 

 

 

Start by breathing slowly, but deeply. Take air in through your nose, pushing down on the diaphragm muscle and then blow the air out through your mouth. Deep breathing means drawing air down into your abdomen. Don’t just take the air into your throat and breathe out. That’s what we usually do. Begin by slowly breathing in through your nose to a count of 5, and then slowly exhale through your mouth to a count of approximately 8-10. The point is to remove as much air as it is about gaining oxygen. The longer exhale the better. Do this for 3-5 breaths. If you have started to yawn, don't worry, this is normal at first. Continue to breathe at your own normal pace with focus on the movement of the diaphragm for approximately 2 minutes. This is a long time so be aware of potential distractions. When distracted, bring yourself back to the diaphragm movement. Notice how relaxed you can make yourself feel.

 

This is a great practice for bed time or before rising but can be used anytime. I find it very useful when I feel tired, or am reacting to someone. Work out when is a good time regularly for you.

 

Let us know how it goes by commenting in the facebook group . . . .

My First Experience with Reflexology

Posted on 21 April, 2021 at 0:25 Comments comments (0)

My first experience with Reflexology was with a travel mate who had just finished a course and wanted to practice on her newfound backpacker friends.

Myself & a friend, Celeste, were travelling through South Africa and had just jumped off a plane from Sydney and onto a bus in Johannesburg to start our trek down to Cape Town. We had met Tammy and, altogether, started our socially charged journey.

Tammy had said “Can I practice on you two?” “Yep” we said. We were up for anything! After a 30minute treatment on a li-low by the pool, each, Tammy said something weird… ”Because you girls have been partying for a couple of days and are still suffering from jet lag, you will probably feel the benefits of detoxifying after Reflexology. You will feel the symptoms of experiencing a common head cold for the next 48hrs.” She was very specific. To this, Cassie & I both scoffed. We felt fine. We certainly did not feel the phlegmy-ness of a cold coming on.

Well, the next day….was a different story. We woke with a full head of green phlegm, stuffed up to the eyeballs, and the tissues flowed for two days. Because this had happened to the both of us and had lasted exactly two days, I was curious and perplexed. I didn’t understand this reflexology stuff and I hadn’t had a cold in… ‘forever’! I felt my energy levels change and Cassie had experienced all these same reactions!

After some investigation I was convinced. The more treatments I had the more I understood my own body, it’s reactions, and why I, personally, suffered certain ailments. When the opportunity came up, I knew I wanted to make this my career and to share my knowledge of empowerment with others.

 

When was the last time you took your shoes off and felt the grass or sand under your feet?

Posted on 5 January, 2020 at 22:40 Comments comments (23)

When was the last time you took your shoes off and felt the grass or sand under your feet? Did you know that doing this not only helps you get in touch with the earth and nature (grounded) it allows your body to calm down and escape from the continual stress of our daily lives.

In our industrious world, we have been conditioned to think that if we are not “busy” or “achieving” we are less than successful. In turn, our bodies are constantly in the ‘fight/flight response mode’. The original reason for ‘fight/flight’ is to survive in times of danger. In days gone by this helped with catching food or running from predators. Nowadays we are constantly responding to life’s challenges like running the company, studying for an exam or raising children with a full-time job, etc.

The physical reaction when in ‘fight/flight’ is that the body signals to respond to danger/excitement. The response mechanism is that the adrenal glands emit adrenaline and cortisol. In turn, our lungs expand to allow more oxygen intake and our heart beats faster which enables our muscles and brain to receive extra oxygenated blood to think and act more clearly and quickly. Whilst this is happening other organs in our body including the digestive and urinary systems slow or shut down. This happens because the last thing we want to do when responding to danger is to feel the need to go to the bathroom!

Whilst this reaction is necessary as a quick response to danger, the ramifications are that when the ‘fight/ flight response’ is constant the body struggles with digestion and toxin release and never has time to rejuvenate or heal.

This is where Reflexology and complementary therapies are invaluable in our lives. Reflexology enables the body to switch off ‘fight/flight’ which reactivates all the body systems and gives us a chance to heal.

So, next time you are in the garden or at the beach. Take your shoes off, feel the earth beneath your feet, and give your body a chance to recover from its stresses.

 

Alyson McRitchie

Reflex Clinical Therapies

January 2009

 


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