Therapeutic Breathwork: tension to peace

Continued from Therapeutic BreathWork, Self-Care

Coordination of the outgoing breath with letting go of tension is an easy way to bring peace and stillness to the body and mind. It relieves pain and stress and relaxes muscles. There is a physiological basis for the influence of breathwork.

How does the body breathe?Gray112

The ribs attach to the spine at the back, and open and close like little wings with each breath.… Read the rest

Breathing to Release Neck & Shoulder Tension

Conscious Breathing

The lungs extend up under the collarbone. Tension sometimes restricts breathing at the diaphragm, at the base of the lungs. We can change that by conscious breathing and massage.

Most of our breathing is automatic. So we are usually not aware when and how we restrict our breath. However, we can regain voluntary control of the breath as we release tension in muscles of breathing.… Read the rest

Body Metaphors to a Massage Therapist

I listen to your body metaphors as you tell me the issues you want me to address before a session: what do they say about your tension patterns? Where do I see you restrict movement as you speak? Where do you need bodywork?

DSC02263DSC02276Stiff upper lip—If you are hiding your feelings in a situation you don’t like, I work on rigid facial muscles.… Read the rest

Posture and Body Map

canstockphoto6590492When we have an incorrect map of where our body parts fit together, and where they live in space, we move according to the body map, not according to our true size, structure and function. We are the only animals that can distort our bodies based on what we believe. Just as imagining a perfect gymnastic routine is a rehearsal that helps Olympic gymnasts win, incorrect beliefs about our body can rehearse our posture into painful distortions.… Read the rest

Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional

lights celebrate healing. Suffering is optionalThe Buddhist phrase, “Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional,” has set me to thinking. Events will just happen, they are part of “what is”. There will sometimes be pain. The latest understanding is that the brain creates pain from a perception of threat. It is part of our protective mechanism. Suffering comes from our reaction to our pain.

We can choose to be at peace, whatever comes.… Read the rest

Emotional Tone Scale, to Your True Self

canstockphoto16549606Dr. John Whitman Ray, N.D., developed the Emotional Tone Scale as part of Body Electronics. Dr. Ray’s teachings encompassed the physical and electrical systems of the body, and their relationship to emotions, thoughts and word patterns, and our spiritual evolution. His teachings spread to Portland around 1982. This was largely due to Thomas Chavez, one of his earliest students, and later the author of Body Electronics.… Read the rest

Senior Sovereignty™, embodied wisdom

9318214_s“Senior Moments”, or a new lease on life?

Did you resign yourself to inevitable decline, “I’m having these senior moments?”

Do you find yourself saying, “it’s getting hard to pick up my grandchildren”, “I have this pain that won’t go away,” “I can’t reach up”, or “I feel stuck”?

Are you only in your 40’s or 50’s and already have mobility issues, digestive problems, or your spouse is complaining you aren’t remembering things the way you used to?… Read the rest

Ease Your Posture, Reclaim Your Body

yay-5623506yay-12853660Dis-ease of posture can come from long hours at the computer or desk, standing on cement floors, heavy lifting, bracing to protect old injuries or unconscious habits. They can come when you override signals from your body to change position, relieve pain, or find ease. They can come from old beliefs about yourself, and reactions from childhood.

Ease out of painfind ease of shoulder pain

canstockphoto6592338We have body metaphors that we manifest quite literally: chip on the shoulder; pain in the neck; stabbed in the back; don’t have a leg to stand on; bending backwards to please.… Read the rest

Gardener: Healthy Back or Danger?

yay-6816970If you are a gardener, you probably know you need to use your legs to lift, keep a straight back to dig or rake, balance your weight to shovel. However, you may not know the hazards of crouching forward for a long time. You may not even associate gardener leaning forward bluesubsequent pain in walking or standing with the gardening you love.

As a dedicated gardener, you might not change position often.… Read the rest

Do You Feel Stuck in Your Body?

Where is your body stuck?

Do you have pain or trouble moving easily because of stuck jaw, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, back, hips, legs, knees, ankles, or feet? A simple release of muscle tension might not be enough. You might also need to sweep out the crumbs of old emotions and stuck beliefs to discover what is behind your body’s creakiness.… Read the rest