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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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.
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).
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.
It’s grapefruit season NOW and it’s February. When I was a kid, Mom would try to get us to eat grapefruit any time of the year since they are available year ’round in the grocery. They tasted awful though, and we’d pile on white sugar in order to eat them. I had no idea that grapefruit tastes fantastic when it’s in season, and shipped in season. What a revelation!
The hint of spring has me wanting to dress for warmer weather, but it’s not spring yet by date nor temperature. I’m trying to soak up as much sun as the weather will allow, and keeping active although I want spring now. There’s no rushing it, and I want to save myself from the colds folks get at the change of seasons. It will be warm soon enough, and then I can dress for it. Meanwhile, keep warm, and check out my next breathing workshop–March 15, 10-noon in Fountain Square.
I was talking with a friend, whose lifestyle is very different from mine, about food choices. He said he didn’t want to prolong his life by eating a healthier diet. His Mother lived to be almost 90, and was very feeble in mind and body during her last ten years. He thought an improved diet would prolong life without improving quality of living. I disagree.
For me, eating healthier means improving my quality of living right now—a more flexible and clean mind and body right now. It may increase my longevity, and I believe it will increase my quality of life as I age too.
Besides, eating fresh vegetables, fruits, and nuts/seeds (real food, basically) tastes good and I feel good when I eat it. I have less mucous in the morning. My nasal passages are clearer. My thinking is lighter, clearer. Real fuel burns clean. When I need more calories for fuel because of more activity, I love heavier food too, when I need or want it.
Efforts for health pay off now and in the long run with quality of life as I age.