Breathe

One of the most accessible tools we have to help us maintain, or bring us back to, those feelings of relaxation, peace, and wellness experienced post-massage (or post-craniosacral or Reiki treatment) is to be mindful of our breath. I’ve talked about this before, along with some resources, here.

Our breath is with us no matter where we are or what we’re doing. It’s so much a part of us, that we tend to take it for granted. Most of us do not maximize the healing potential of our breath.

So how do we do that? Sure, there are meditation practices and breathing exercises we can do, but those usually involve setting aside a certain amount of time in our day to practice. And while I certainly believe dedicated practice is an important aspect to learning to breathe more fully, I think we can start out even simpler than that.

In fact, we can start right now.

Stop.

Right now, in this very moment, take a breath in. Inhale deeply, feeling your belly expand and your chest fill. Exhale FULLY. This part is very important! Gently contract your diaphragm (or your stomach muscles) to push ALL of the air out of your lungs. You’ll be surprised how much more air there is to be released beyond what you’re used to exhaling! Now relax your stomach muscles and feel your body naturally fill with a nice deep inhale, like a vacuum sucking in the air.

How do you feel? I just timed myself doing that and it took just under 20 seconds.  20 seconds. In one minute, you could take 3 of those breaths. Personally, I feel more centered, more aware, more focused. My brain feels clearer, my body feels calmer. And that was from just one breath!

We have so many reminders in our day to be mindful of our breath. Use your breath to help you respond (rather than react) to negative or challenging situations. Use it to be more present in the moment, so you can more fully enjoy the positive and fulfilling experiences in your life. You don’t have to keep your attention there forever. Just take one breath. Maybe even 2 or 3. And then respond or enjoy as appropriate.

So try it out…

When you feel tired, breathe.
When you feel eye fatigue from staring at a computer screen, close your eyes and breathe.
When you feel nervous, or anxious, breathe.
When you feel irritated with someone, before you react or snap back with words or actions you may regret, breathe.
When your attention is drawn to the beauty of a landscape, breathe.
When you’re with people you love, breathe.
When you’re taking part in a hobby or something else you enjoy, breathe.
When someone tells you they love you, breathe.

Breathe.  Let your life be a meditation.

Be Well ~ Christina

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