September Newsletter

The Gift of Breath

Here we are in September, and I am sure many of you are saying the same exclamation as I am, “What?! Where has the time gone?” Well, take a deep breath. And when you do, you will inhale, but please take the time to exhale. This is something many people take for granted, the exhale. The thing is, each phase of breathing is very important. This is why I thought it would be a good time to address how breath affects us, and give you a few ideas about how to take some conscious moments to breathe. 

I often say, “breathing well is inexpensive.” And not breathing well can become very expensive when our body gets deprived of oxygen and lack of movement. When our bodies gets deprived of oxygen, more toxins can get trapped in our tissues. And when our bodies get deprived of movement our tissues, fascia, organs, vascular network, nervous systems, skeletal structures become affected by the lack of movement. Therefore we are more susceptible to experiencing pain, discomfort, dysfunction in a physical, mental and emotional way. Wow! That’s a big price tag! 

Breathing sounds amazing, right? So why don’t we do it well? Through the years of discussing this topic with my patients, I have heard responses like; I thought I was breathing properly, no one has taught me to how to breathe effectively, I have a busy lifestyle, I am so stressed I couldn’t possibly find the time to learn more…and the list goes on. 

So let’s make this easy. Here are some benefits when we breathe properly:

  • Decreased stress, increased calm
  • Relieves pain
  • Stimulates the lymphatic system (detoxifies the body)
  • Improves immunity
  • Increases energy
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Improves digestion
  • Improves posture
  • Improves joint mobility

To name a few…

Here is a video of a real time MRI of the lungs (which look dark within the rib cage) and the upper abdominal organs that sit directly underneath the diaphragm muscle (right below the lungs). The lungs are the driver of movement and flow throughout the rib cage and abdomen. Also, we can see how the heart gets a massage too! How wonderful is that?!

 Here are some ideas about when we can breath:

  • Take a few deep breaths in and out before you get out of bed in the morning.
  • Breathe deeply at each stop light and/or stop sign.
  • Take 1,2, 5 or 10 minutes to just breathe seated, standing or lying down.
  • Be conscious of your breath while exercising.
  • Use your breath while stretching to move your muscles, fascia and joints.
  • Breathe deeply when waiting for…..something
  • Download a breathing app. There are many!
  • Read a book about breathing. 
  • Breathe deeply as you are falling asleep.

Now, take a slow deep breath in….and then slowly exhale out…all the way out. 

Mmmmm, that’s better. Let’s practice and improve our health and move the world around us with our breath.

Please email me and let me know how you doing with this new found gift of breath @ kahandyside@gmail.com

Peace & be well, Kelly

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