An ongoing series of informational entries

Healing with the Human Breath:

Clients have to be present to win when it comes to bodywork. I breath coach clients so that healing comes from within their bodies, generated by the human breath. Oxygenation is important in healing. Volumizing blood oxygen so that the red blood cells spin and resonate, energizing chi, your body's life force, providing energy, flow and movement to stagnant chi. Dispersing stuck energy is the trick in bodywork. I use many modalities to do so: Tui Na, Shiatsu, Jin Shin, Reflexology, and Acupressure, to name a few.  Relief is one word that describes a successful session... Calm balance is another goal to achieve in a stressful world. There are twelve acupuncture meridians which govern your organ systems:  the same as months in the year.  There are 365 acupuncture points on the human body:  same as the number of days in a year.  The 24 hour bodyclock governs the specifics of each organ system:  time, taste, smell, seasons... For two hours each day, each organ meridian has a high tide of energy that flows from one meridian to the next, forming the body clock. For instance, if you chronically awaken between 3:00 and 5:00 a.m. many nights when trying to sleep, you may have an imbalanced lung meridian. Congestion or asthma could be the cause.

​Healing with the 

Human Breath

The integration of breath coaching (Hatha yoga) is vital to each bodywork session as it is necessary to oxygenate the blood to ​provide good circulation which flows. 

Breathing is the first thing you do when you come into this world, and your last act before leaving this earthly dimension. Still, unless practicing yoga, hardly anyone gives breath much thought in between birth and death; remaining shallow breathers for the entirety of their lives. 

Make breath your focus when meditating.  It costs nothing and goes where ever you go. No excuses.  Driving alone?  Practice sighing.  Attach your voice by dropping your sound into your chest. Then, access your emotion when releasing energy through breathing.  Relief follows.

Mantras are used by some in meditation. However, when verbalizing, speech is derived from a specific part of the brain. I advocate vacating the mind of word formations, and concentrating on breath patterns that work for you personally.  

Anxiety settles in after a life of quiet desperation exhibited through shallow breathing habits.  

I encourage clients to fully breathe, making noise while dropping octaves deep into the lungs and diaphragm, grounding into a more peaceful state. 

When releasing stress and pain, through the stimulation of various martial arts points used in combination with one another, breath is your best tool, facilitating movement.  

Intentional breathing is essential in yoga, as oxygenation helps muscles stretch. The idea being to breath as you strike bodywork and yoga postures, providing the oxygenated s-t-r-e-t-c-h, enhancing limber musculature.  Studies have found that most people injure themselves while stretching.  It is therefore, best to work slowly into any physical or strenuous activity, in order to gradually loosen up movement comfortably without forcing muscles.

Flow is the outcome of a successful bodywork session.