Cynthia

Aug 152017
 

Better Breathing Workshop

Saturday, August 19, 2017*

10:00-12:00, $30 Check or cash

 

If you fear inflammatory diseases (cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc.), and want another tool to help your healthy body, try this.

If you have high blood pressure and would like a tool to help situations that spark your stress, try this.

If respiration problems run in your family and you want to know respiration mechanics that help to avoid those problems, try this.

 

When I started using breathing practices, I couldn’t take a full deep breath for the life of me. I knew that something wasn’t working very well even though I didn’t have asthma or heart problems. I simply had an old habit of breathing shallowly. Now, in addition to helping my health, I use my breathing pattern as feedback for my stress response and it provides immense power to deal more effectively with events that get me off kilter. I feel grateful to share what I’ve learned and feel confident that you will benefit too.

*There is minimum and a maximum space for this workshop. Please register for advance information and to reserve space: contact@cynthiabrethiem.com or 812.272.8188.

 

Short video, Breathing Workshop & More

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Sep 292015
 

Happy fall!
You’re someone who takes action for your health and quality of life. I admire that immensely, and feel very fortunate to help in all ways I can.

I want to share with you some short, Do-It-Yourself reminders for your health on youtube–Breathing with Cynthia. Please let me know what you’d like on there.  5 Breaths

My friend, Vladimira Dragnea EEM Practitioner, is starting a health forum. Learn about upcoming workshops and Energy Medicine trainings here.
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Better Breathing Workshop

tricolpor kites 3Saturday, August 19, 2017
10-noon, $30, check or cash

Fountain Square 216, Bloomington

Would you like to:
Help your heart beat more steadily?
Relax even when you feel anxious?
Digest your food better?
Fall asleep easier.

You may have breathing habits that engage the fight/flight/possum response even when you want to relax.
If you:
  • gasp for air even when you’re not running
  • breathe shallowly even when you’re not afraid
  • feel as if you haven’t taken a breath in a long time
  • sigh deeply and then hold your breath for no good reason
  • have panic attacks and want to get a grip
 This workshop is for you.
In a power-packed two hours, we explore frequency, mechanics and volume of an easy, deep, effective, baseline breath.  You may be working way too hard for every breath.
If you practice 10-minutes a day for a week and it doesn’t help you, you get your money back! 
Cynthia Bretheim, MS, LMT, NBCMT, lived and worked at the Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy for four years.
bretheim @sbc global. net

Why Better Breathing?

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Oct 282014
 

 

fallTree[1] Doing bodywork requires that I take good care of myself.  When I feel off center, I become less aware of subtle and profound connections between muscle and nervous system, between thought and tissue, between energetic flow and stagnation.  So, I take personal care and health very seriously. It is part of my job. It’s part of what I get to offer to clients and my world. 
 
Still, as dedicated to health and growth as I am, I have set backs and issues to deal with.  There is no magic bullet or theory to apply.  Health and satisfaction comes in hundreds of little steps, choices, serendipities, and breaths. 
 
If you have any interest in finding out more about your own breathing pattern, what it means to your choices, and how to use it to help you, come to my Better Breathing workshop on Saturday, May 28, 2016, 10-noon, in Fountain Square.  There’s an exercise to try before the workshop, and I’ll give you more details.  Here is more information.  ==> ==> ==>
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If you haven’t already, please complete my 10-question survey that will help me know what I might offer for your health.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/P2SL8B9

Drink!!!

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Sep 022014
 

How easily do you want blood cells to glide through your veins?  Do you want your sinuses to move pollen easily? Do you want to cushion your spine and brain? How easily do you want nutrient particles and waste to move into and out of your intestinal walls?   Imagine how difficult it is for your guts to move chips along a dry or mucous-filled canal?  Oy!  Moisture is needed, and it’s easiest if every day you drink the appropriate amount of healthy, clean water.

How much water to drink?  Half your body weight in ounces is an easy way to measure.  If you weigh 125; that’s 62.5 ounces.  Sometimes it’s not easy to drink enough.  I drink a glass on the way to the bathroom in the morning.  Then, I fill a liter bottle and put it next to my desk.  By noon, I know I’ve drunk half of my day’s water.  I refill the bottle just right, and by evening, I’m done.

How do you know if you’re drinking enough?  How long do you spend in the bathroom for your morning bowel movement?  A couple minutes at most should do it.  Easy evacuation depends on adequate hydration.  Try the pinch test–pinch the flesh on the top of your forearm.  The skin should easily pinch and return to normal.  Three  ten-ounce glasses with your meals and a morning coffee just doesn’t cut it, unless you weigh 80 pounds.

I often don’t drink with meals (sometimes drinking with meal helps, sometimes it doesn’t–more in a future post).  Your body’s hydration needs depend on your diet.  How much pasta, bread, chips and dry foods to you eat?  (Wait ’til you try the bread pudding test.) Think about sliding that through a dry gullet.

Be good to your guts and your fluid-filled body by drinking water.  Spring water?  City water?  That’s another article.  The best to you today!

Better Breathing?

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Mar 132014
 

Here is an exercise from the Better Breathing Workshop for this Saturday, May 28, 2016.  Move your lower rib cage while you breathe.  Not the upper chest or the shoulders, but the lower rib cage.  Put your hands on your sides where you can feel your ribs.  Make them flare out as you inhale. They’ll float back in as you exhale. Move them as much and as often as you can before our workshop.  You’ll be surprised how mobility improves in just a few days.kiteswirl by joatklipa

This one-minute video shows what is going on with the diaphragm and ribs while you breathe.  Click here. 

Moving the lower ribcage is the first of 5 points we’ll cover for that easy, efficient, baseline breath.  You’ll come away with a 10-minute practice that will help you, and that you can develop as much as you like. (And if you’re interested in advanced breathing practices, you’ll want to get the mechanics of the baseline breath first.)  Register for the workshop  or for more information (contact @ cynthiabretheim . com).

Cynthia

Logistics: There is a lot to cover from 10:00-Noon.  The workshop fee is $20, check or cash is fine. Dress in layers so you can be comfortable temperature-wise.

Scents: Please come scent free to accommodate our friends with allergies.  (Do not wear scented cosmetics, lotions or perfumes.)

Directions: The workshop will be at Fountain Square, 101 W Kirkwood on the square in downtown Bloomington.  map   There is free three-hour parking in the parking garage on 4th street between College & Walnut. There is metered on-street parking all around at $1.00/hour using quarters.  Please don’t get a ticket.