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.

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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

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. We can even use the breath as a unique vehicle to responsibly meet and heal from emotional or physical pain, and trauma. Conscious breathing helps us process emotional issues.… Read the rest

Awaken the Body Sense, Overcome Myths of Aging

Myths of Aging WorkshopTeaching skeleton

Myths of aging such as belief in inevitable stiffness, inevitable loss of bodily functions, or inevitable cognitive decline activate a feed forward system. Our bodies manifest what we fear the most. We can instead recognize how aging brings wisdom and grace, and awaken postural ease. We can become more resilient.

When we live in a state of chronic stress, we hold chronic contractions.… 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

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

Tight Muscles, Relaxation, and Ortho-Bionomy®

man bending garden gardener back postureA tight muscle is in a state of chronic contraction, and that makes it unavailable or less available for use. Muscles move joints. A fluidly moving joint allows for normal range of motion. Stiffness or pain from a tight muscle can limit the range of motion of the joint, and you may find yourself limited from achieving your optimum in sports or from doing ordinary daily activities.… 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

Show up as your true self: power in your body

How we show up: power to influence for the common goodhow we show up unconsciously

When we live with integrity and authenticity, it is obvious from our posture and attitude: how we show up to family, friends, and colleagues, and our resiliency to stresses. We can change our bodies, heal from within. As another Ortho-Bionomy blogger says, “If you observe how your body functions when you are feeling happy, in control and safe, then you have the basis for changing when you are feeling sad and insecure.”… Read the rest

Improve Posture: Neck Back & Shoulder Relief

10930103_sMindful Awareness to Improve Posture, Relieve Pain

Posture Power is a class in mindful awareness with movement and awakening to the effects of our self-talk to improve posture. It developed from the works of Barbara 10929991_sConable, Marion Rosen, Stanley Keleman, and Thomas Hanna.

Posture Power teaches awareness of your body’s unique structure and function. When your body is stuck in an old pattern, your shape may reflect your beliefs as a child.… Read the rest