On Being Well

I started out on this path of becoming a massage therapist 10 years ago because I wanted to assist people on their journey to create wellness in their life. Being well means something different for everyone. My passion lies in helping you discover this within yourself. So what does it mean for you, in your life, to Be Well?

Receiving Massage Therapy, Reiki, and Craniosacral Therapy (CST) are all important aspects of personal wellness care. Each of these therapies holds many different benefits to help support your physical and emotional healing. But it’s not the goal of this post to explore that.

Even these therapies are most effective when used in conjunction with making healthy choices for ourselves in our day to day living. That’s where true, balanced, wellness is found.

So what does that look like for you? What activities do you enjoy that help you feel good inside, or relaxed, or energized? What choices are you making that you’re aware are draining your energy? What would you like to be doing differently?

I truly believe wellness is a wholistic experience. And yes, I know most would say I’m spelling that wrong. But I want you to think ‘whole’. I want you to think about the wholeness of who you are as a person and what works for YOU to feel well physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. You get to define and create this!

My intention over the next few blog posts is to explore some of the things you can incorporate into your life to help you maintain those feelings of relaxation, peace, and wellness, that you feel after receiving a treatment. Some ‘tools to add to your toolbox’. If you connect with some of the suggestions, great. If not, that’s okay too. My desire is simply to get you thinking about your own possibilities. And if you have specific things you do, I’d love to hear from you!

Be Well ~ Christina

The single most effective relaxation technique I know…

…is conscious regulation of breath. –Dr. Andrew Weil

Our breath is one of the processes in our body we so easily take for granted. Like the beating of our heart, our breathing will continue without any conscious effort on our part. The amazing thing is that we can consciously and intentionally influence and control the flow of our breath, allowing for a bridge between our conscious and unconscious mind.

It’s easy to notice how our physical and emotional states can have a great impact on the state of our breathing. When we’re in pain or experiencing strong emotions our breathing may speed up or we may find ourselves constricting or holding our breath. But it also works the other way. Conscious breathing can bring about changes in our physical and emotional states. Dr. Weil says that“practicing regular, mindful breathing can be calming and energizing and can even help with stress-related health problems ranging from panic attacks to digestive disorders.”

There are many breathing practices we can use to help us transform our breath and the state of our physical and emotional health. Awareness is the first step – simply pay attention to your breathing.  Another simple exercise is to consciously attend to your exhalation. By completely exhaling the air in your lungs, you naturally create room to more fully receive air into them. This allows for a healthier delivery of oxygen to the body and removal of carbon dioxide from the body.

Here are some resources to explore if you’re interested in learning more:

Breathing: Basic How-To’s and Breathing Exercises – Dr. Weil

Breathing Lessons – An App I just discovered that I’m looking forward to trying out!

The Miracle of the Breath – Andy Caponigro

Sudarshan Kriya – The Art of Living Foundation

The breath has a great secret to offer. –Sri Sri Ravi Shankar