Breath is life.
We all have patterns of breathing that affect our health in many ways. A deep breath will bring in needed oxygen and affect not only our physical bodies but also what is known as our subtle bodies. The subtle body consists of non-physical aspects of our being and here we engage energy healing such as Reiki.
It is important to bring the body into balance and that is what Reiki does. When the body is in a balanced state, harmony is attained and you are in a natural state of emotional and physical well-being. Without this harmony along with habitual and attentive breathing assorted signs of ailments and discomforts can appear.
We can train the breathing process . . .
We are executives in control of our breathing technique and can therefore help ourselves relax and reduce the culprit(s) involved in our shallow and disrupted breathing.
The HeaLthy Self offers a simple technique to clients – place your hands on your abdomen with fingers touching. Breathe in slowly and you should feel your fingers separate. This indicates the diaphragm is pulling air into the lungs. When you exhale slowly your hands will return to their initial position. In the beginning do this at least 4 times, 3 times a day. Increase the breaths gradually to your comfort level. As you become familiar with deep breathing you will in time automatically and habitually find yourself breathing this way. Even in your sleep. You may choose to breath in the word ‘confidence’ or ‘relaxation’ or any word you find helpful. Exhale back into the Universe.
Reiki treatments help you focus on your breathing. In receiving Level I in the Komyo ReikiDo style of Usui Reiki Ryoho you are also able to achieve this calming by your own will. Children also benefit from focusing on their breath. Breathing techniques are included in the ALL ReiKids Rise program, developed for kids between the ages of 5 and 12. It is designed to teach them about their natural gifts and enrich their lives both personally and professionally.
Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D.
Dr. Andrew Weil studied at Harvard receiving his doctorate in 1968. He established the field of integrative medicine which joins alternative and evidence based medicines. As of 2015 Dr. Weil teaches at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. His library at the university includes volumes in oncology, cardiology, rheumatology, pediatrics, psychology and more.
In Dr. Weil’s research and teachings in breathwork he discovered how beneficial the breath is in its capacity to influence and even reprogram the nervous system. Breathwork helps our health in many ways; that is, it can lower our blood pressure, reduce anxiety, increase energy and much more.
“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.”
By means of learning to properly breathe we benefit in short and long term physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health.