Reiki (part III)

(This blog is a continuation of my Reiki (part I) and Reiki (part II) blog.)

Remember earlier I said I was ‘led’ to Reiki? I believe God wanted me to be a Healer so He allowed me to have a disease that I was able to overcome in order to see the profound beauty of Reiki. It was, after all, that disease that led me to Reiki and got me thinking I’d like to help others with this amazing Art.

I want to talk about the levels of Reiki training. There are four of them. Reiki I, Reiki II, Reiki III and Reiki Master. The only fundamental difference between a Reiki I and a Reiki Master is that as a Master, according to Dr. Usui’s system (that’s the one I’m trained in) you can teach Reiki to others.  And teaching is in my blood.

I love, LOVE teaching Reiki. In Reiki I, I get to see newbees eyes widen when they feel the energy of others for the first time. In Reiki II, I get to hear ‘that was so cool’ when we literally send energy to each other and in Reiki III I get to give a beautiful attunement that is unlike any other.

What’s an attunement? Yes, I suppose I should answer that. An attunement is me and the Powers that Be opening up dormant energy centers within you so that you can more efficiently and effectively give Reiki to yourself and others.

The attunement is the reason you should really REALLY find a Reiki Master that you resonate with when searching for Reiki training. Truly, not just anyone will do. You’ll carry or house some of your instructor’s energy after he/she gives you the attunement. Make sure it’s the kind of energy you want.

Do you need to take Reiki classes from a Reiki Master? I feel you do, but that’s just me. There is no substitution for a hands-on class or the feedback/questions you get from other students.  There are on-line courses available, and they are what they are, but for me, I’m not a fan. Again, there is something so dynamic about the energy of certain individuals coming together, learning and bonding in a comfortable, intimate training environment that you can’t get with an on-line course. You won’t be able to experience the wonderment and beauty of the hands-on attunement process either. But that’s just me. You do what you’re led to do.

Does being a Reiki II, III or even a Master make you better than another level? NO! No how, no way, no, no, no. There are individuals out there who are kind of snobby about holding a Reiki Mastery title, but let me tell you, it doesn’t make them any better than a newly attuned Reiki I.

One of the beauties about Reiki is the more you use it, the more you learn. The more you learn, the more you use it. If you, as a Reiki I practice Reiki often (whatever ‘often’ means to you, for me the term mean means almost daily), you can literally receive/give more energy than a Reiki III or even a Master. Why? Because Usui Reiki isn’t about titles, it’s about how often you use it.  And yes, that means even if you are just giving Reiki to yourself everyday.

So, should a person experience Reiki before taking the training? Well, that depends. For me, I’m not sure I would have been so gaga over it if I DIDN’T experience it. For others, they jump right in to the training. Whatever is your preference.  A caveat though, some Reiki practitioners, as with any professions, are not ethical, morally responsible or even respectful of their Trade. They do not walk the walk, so to speak. Yes, unfortunately, they are out there.  Please be mindful of that.

If you are thinking about having a session or taking training, here’s some questions you may want to ask if you don’t personally know your Practitioner:

1.     How long have you been doing this? (There’s no right or wrong answer here – experience doesn’t make a practitioner better than one with less, it’s just a piece of the puzzle.)

2.     How often do you receive Reiki? (Personally, I receive Reiki daily, but what you’re looking for here is to see if the Practitioner is active or stagnant in her practice.)

3.     Where did you take your training? (Again, on-line courses are fine. It’s just another piece of the puzzle that needs to fit with your needs.)

4.     How long have you been teaching? (Again, just another piece of the puzzle.)

These are just a few questions that came to mind. What you’re looking for is your level of comfortableness and confidence with this person. Is he/she personable? Professional? Polite? Respectful? Knowledgeable? Do you resonate with their ideas or energy? All things to think about.

I love my job. I really, REALLY do. I can’t imagine doing anything else that would give me such a deep sense of peace. I have so much more to tell you about Reiki, including the miracles I’ve witnessed and how you really can send energy three inches or three thousand miles, but I’ll end it here.

I hope it’s obvious how passionate I am about my Work and the people Reiki has allowed me to help. If Reiki is something you’d like to receive or learn, then find a practitioner that resonates with you.  As my friend MarJean says, “There comes a point in your life where you have to stop asking ‘why’ and start asking ‘why not?’    😉

Note: If you want to share your own Reiki story in the ‘comment’ section of this blog, I encourage you to do so. That way others can  learn from your own amazing personal experiences.

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Reiki (part II)

In my last blog, “Reiki (part I)” I was telling you about how I was led (yes, led…you’ll see why I chose that word later) to Reiki.  I was telling you that while you may think Reiki is a cure-all to end all cure-alls based on my own personal Reiki miracle experience, there is so much more that goes into your Healing.

Let me be crystal clear; Reiki is NOT a cure-all but I have seen so many miracles that defy the odds. Again, Reiki is energy work. Reiki goes by a Divine Power (whatever you chose to call that Power) to where it is most needed. So if you go to a Reiki practitioner for a migraine, you may notice your knee feeling better but you still have the headache. You may seek out a treatment to sleep better and then find old achy emotional wounds have been dredged up so you can heal them.   Reiki goes where it needs to go. It isn’t up to the practitioner to control …that all happens at the hands of God (the Universe, Higher Power, whatever your terminology is).

I’d like to also say that I believe if you are meant to die from or have a disease, there is nothing Eastern or Western medicine can do to change that. Even if you have a powerful mind and believe you’ll completely heal, that may not change the cards you were dealt. Sometimes, we are meant to learn life lessons and one of those might be to experience the disease/affliction to its fullest. If Reiki energy is unable to help your disease, it will go where it is most needed (pain, sleep, emotions, etc.).

I’m reminded of a cherished, forward thinking and upbeat older client of mine. He was diagnosed with cancer and refused chemo/radiation. He went with several alternative healing therapies instead.  He repeatedly stated how much better he felt/slept after our Reiki sessions. He did pass away from his disease even though he firmly beleived it wasn’t going to get the better of him.

Once I had a taste of Reiki and saw what it did for me, I couldn’t imagine not knowing more. My thought was if I could take away one person’s pain, even for five minutes, then I would consider myself a HUGE success. I took all my levels of training through Susie and apprenticed under her to get my Mastery degree. In truth, I’m still learning from her.

Once I had my Mastery degree I thought, “What am I going to do with this?” I still hadn’t found a second career and being self-employed scared the heck out of me. But all roads seemed to point to me opening up my own business, so I did. Knocking knees and all.

Let’s talk a bit about what Reiki can do.  If Reiki works by unblocking or moving stagnant energy, then there really is no limit to what it can do or whom it can help. Yes, even if you don’t believe in energy work or are Athiest, Reiki will still help. I’ll list a few diseases, but this is absolutely not inclusive as again, Reiki can help with ANY affliction. High blood pressure, anxiety, stress, diabetes, PMS, infertility, chemotherapy, cancer, broken bones, migraines, back pain, sleep dysfunction, anger issues, depression, fibromyalgia, etc.

Reiki works on plants, animals (dogs and horses LOVE it! Cats love it too, but it has to be on THEIR terms) as well as unborn babies. I love, LOVE working on pregnant women and I loved doing my Work when I was pregnant.

Reiki is innate, meaning, we ALL know how to give Reiki. For instance, when you have a stomachache, what do you do? You rub your tummy. Headache? You put your head in your hands. If a child has an owie you kiss it or rub it.  How about when someone is sad? You may hug them or hold their hand. Yes, I bet you’ve been working with people’s energy since fresh out of the womb. What I do as a Reiki teacher is to reconnect you with that ability and show you how to be more proficient delivering it. Well, that and I add in some fun tricks, too.

Reiki can never cause harm. I’ll say it again. Reiki can NEVER cause harm. Not to anything. Ever. Reiki simply will not work if your intent is to inflict pain upon someone.  To my knowledge, Reiki is the only energy work that can say this.

What does Reiki feel like? Some say they feel tingling or warmth. Others say they feel completely calm. Still others say they’ve never felt so energized. All in all, I’ve been repeatedly told my clients feel relaxed, calmed and in need of a nap. 😉  Unless, of course, you’re that one person who is so completely energized you bounce out of my office. But for the most part, deep relaxation rules the roost in Reiki.

Are there any side effects from receiving Reiki? Well sure! Reiki is a powerful detoxing agent and when you receive Reiki energy, it works with your emotional, physical and spiritual body.  It stirs up stuff that is ready to be released. Usually these are run of the mill symptoms like a headache, stomach upset or intestinal distress.  I find if you drink more water (preferably with an organic lemon slice or two), your symptoms are less noticeable. Most people don’t experience anything even remotely unpleasant. It all depends on what you’re being seen for and where you are as a whole.

Speaking of being seen, how often SHOULD you go to a practitioner? We are bombarded with negative energy every day (every minute sometimes) and that can sap us. I tell my clients if they are coming to me for a chronic illness, then they’ll usually need more than one session in order to alleviate or eliminate the problem. I mean, if you’ve lived with anxiety for 30 years, it might be a tish unrealistic to think one hour long session is going to be the cat’s meow.  It could – again, I’ve seen so many miracles – but for the most part, a grouping of treatments would be needed.

If you’re feeling good and just want what I call a ‘tune up’, then see your Reiki practitioner once a month, once every six months or once a year. You decide.

I’ve much more to tell but will continue in another (ANOTHER!?!) blog

Reiki (part I)

You’ve heard me yammer on and on about Reiki but I haven’t told you what Reiki is. Here’s two or three blogs dedicated to that subject. Reiki is a 2500-year-old Japanese technique for reducing stress and promoting healing. In a nutshell, Reiki is energy. That’s my spiel for those that ask but Reiki is just so much more than this.

I was led to Reiki back in the early 2000’s. I had developed a physical affliction that the medical community said the only option was surgery. If I had the surgery, I wouldn’t be able to have children. Dum de dum dum DUM! Nope. No can do. No siree bob. The no meister. No thank you sir. And, no drill sergeant, I do not want another.

I was faced with a disease that was one stage away from cancer. Oddly, that wasn’t what scared me. What scared me was the fact that if I had this surgery, I would never be able to have children.  Even now, I’m wondering why I didn’t freak out about what could have been.

As you can imagine, I had a complete meltdown. I turned to Charmaine who said, “Why don’t you try Reiki? Susie does that. Check with her.”

At the time I didn’t know what Reiki was but I was familiar with Susie’s Work as I was a client of hers.  I knew she was an amazing Intuitive but I didn’t know squat about energy work.

Susie invited me to receive a Group Healing. A Group Healing is where any number of Reiki practitioners get together to work on a particular person(s).  These practitioners can be anywhere in their Reiki training; level 1 through Mastery degree. I had one Group Healing and it was powerful and profound.  If you can imagine how it felt to have all these women coming together just to help me, well, it was humbling to say the least.

After the first session, I knew I needed one more Healing. I just knew it. I wasn’t the Intuitive I am today, but I was starting on my spiritual journey and I knew one more session was all I would need.

I assimilated all of that energy and in a month’s time and I went back for another Group Healing. This Healing was so completely different. It was some of the same women who worked on me previously, but some different ones as well.  The energy I received was so powerful, I was moved to tears several times during and after the session. My body was tingling and I felt like I was floating. I couldn’t concentrate and my head felt fuzzy even though I was aware of everything that was going on.

After that session I knew, I KNEW my condition was gone and that surgery was no longer needed. I returned to my medical doctor and she confirmed what I knew, however she was puzzled as to how my condition, in the stage it was, had gone away. I don’t think I told her it was energy work. Nor did I tell her I was working extremely hard to bury the negative self-worth/self esteem issues I was left with after the death of my marriage. (See my “Abuse” blog for more information on this.)

Now, before all of you start thinking Reiki is a cure-all and was 100% responsible for my miracle, there is more to the story. Ah HAH! You see I believe the mind is a powerful tool. It can make us believe we are sick, healthy, beautiful, ugly, skinny or fat. It can make us believe what our abusers tell us, whether that abuser is an outsider or ourselves. It can make us believe we are destined for failure and don’t deserve love. It can also make us believe we are worthy and loveable. The mind is unbelievably powerful.

Whatever you repeatedly tell yourself is what’s going to stick. Just like when we tell ourselves we are ugly…the mind believes that.  Tell yourself you’re beautiful and the mind will believe that, too. It may take some practice to sway your old way of thinking, but it DOES work.

Anyway, I digress. I did write the blog entitled “George” that talks a little bit about this, but I may blog about this in depth another day. It’s obviously something that is near and dear to my heart. So many blog ideas, so little time. 🙂

For me, I knew my disease had developed because I thought about myself in a horrible way. I had just left an abusive marriage where my self-esteem/self-worth and personal power had been flushed down the old crapper.  I knew, on some level, I needed to believe and empower myself once again.

I started to rebuild, mentally, emotionally and physically. I created a mantra that I silently said over and over whenever and wherever (it was, “I am healthy, happy and whole”). I started to believe in myself once again and I believed my physical condition was gone.

In about three months time, after two Group Healings and me excising some emotional demons, I returned to my doctor’s office convinced I was completely cured. I obviously wasn’t completely convinced because I still wanted the confirmation of the medical community.

So while Reiki played a huge part in my Healing, I was – my MIND – was also responsible for the Healing that occurred.

Click here for part II…

Protein

Before I could even get the preliminaries out of the way, I was hearing loudly and frantically that my client needed to eat more protein. The Guys are usually softer and quieter in their approach but when they’ve been trying to get your attention, you get ‘punch in the gut’ loud and blunt.  So for this sweet lady, all I could do was stammer, “Protein! You’ve got to eat more protein NOW. You’re body is cannibalizing itself. It’s starving!! You’ve got to get on consuming more protein NOW, NOW, NOW!!!”

That’s not the first time I’ve heard a client needs to eat more protein. I’ve heard it for both men and women of all ages. Again, when there is a reoccurring theme to what I’m hearing, it usually means more people are experiencing the same issue and will benefit from educating themselves about it.

Let’s talk about what protein does for our beautiful bodies. When we eat a protein source, our body breaks it down and then uses it to create new protein that is used to grow, maintain and repair our cells. OUR CELLS…Hello…HUGE!! According to one website http://www.helpwithcooking.com/nutrition-information/protein-guide.html, protein is vital for practically every process that occurs within our body.  Think: metabolism, digestion and the transportation of nutrients and oxygen in the blood.

Protein is also necessary in order to produce antibodies.  Antibodies fight against infection and illness. Protein is also the main nutrient that keeps our hair shiny and healthy, our nails strong, our skin fresh and glowing and our bones strong and healthy. Little old unassuming protein. Who knew??

So what happens if we don’t get enough protein? You mean OTHER than our body literally eating itself to stay alive? Well, if it’s the precursor to antibodies, then it stands to reason we’ll be ill more often. How about being tired and having skin issues (rashes, change in pigment, hair loss, etc.)? Yep. Definitely.  Our hair and nails will become brittle and as was the case for me, my hair broke off in sections. This was when I was nursing our daughter and thought I WAS consuming enough protein. My body said otherwise. I knew better, dang it. I totally knew better!

As a side note, I also know and love a certain ‘all I will eat is packaged and highly processed food from a box’ young teen whose hair has fallen out in a two inch diameter spot and is not regrowing. I knew long before this blog was even a twinkle in my eye that his body was suffering from a diet that was uber deficient in daily protein.

Of all the information the Ascended Ones/Guardian Angels could tell me, of ALL the information they want you to know, they often start out by saying my client needs more protein. Is it any wonder? Protein is so vital to, well, our life!

A question I’m often asked is, “Well, how much protein do I need?”  I shrug my shoulders and say, “I dunno… I’m just the messenger.” So for this blog, I decided to make it easy for you to see how much protein you need if you are an average person. I hope it goes without saying that if you are athletic (meaning lifting weights, doing yoga, training for a marathon, etc.), over weight/under weight, bodybuilding, pregnant or nursing, you’ll need to look into amping up your protein consumption.

Here’s a protein chart from the CDC: (http://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/everyone/basics/protein.html).

Recommended Dietary Allowance for Protein

  Grams of protein
needed each day

Children ages 1 – 3

13

Children ages 4 – 8

19

Children ages 9 – 13

34

Girls ages 14 – 18

46

Boys ages 14 – 18

52

Women ages 19 – 70+

46

Men ages 19 – 70+

56

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s briefly talk about protein sources and how easy it really is to get your daily allowance.

1 cup milk = 8 grams

1 large egg = 6 grams

1 cup yogurt = 8 to 12 grams

1 cup cooked beans (black, pinto, lentil, etc.) = 14 to 20 grams

1 chicken breast (3.5 oz) = 30 grams

1 hamburger pattie (4 oz) = 28 grams

1 cup tofu = 36 grams

1 cup nuts (various) = 32 grams

This is just a snapshot of what’s out there. Pasta, for instance, is often fortified with protein. Some fruits and veggies have trace amounts of protein, too. Don’t forget about the great protein drinks/powders out there, either. I find them to be an easy way to get more protein into my body. If you’d like to check out more protein sources, here’s the website I used: http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/whattoeat/a/highproteinfood

Can you get too much protein? Why, yes you can, Virginia! Good question! Our body doesn’t have the ability to store protein, so any excess will be converted into glucose or stored as fat. Too much protein consumption can actually lead to osteoporosis. And if you’re eating too much meat protein, you run the risk of gout, high-cholesterol, heart disease and stroke.   Now, what constitutes as too much protein? That you’ll need to figure out for yourself (or consult with a physician, nutritional consultant, etc.).

As I’ve said before, I know just enough about this stuff to be mildly dangerous. I don’t profess to have all the answers. I mean, I’m a Holistic Healer, not a Dietary Aide. I consider this blog as something to, uhhhh, grow on. Literally.

Progesterone

Several years ago I was talking with my bestie about how lucky I was to have short periods. She, who was getting her Masters in Nutrition at the time, showed me a different side to that thinking.

She said if my periods were short (meaning under 5 to 7 days), then my body may not have enough progesterone. At the time I didn’t care. I mean, 2 to 3 day periods!? Hells to the YEEEEESSSSSSS please!

Au Contraire! Turns out not having enough progesterone can affect more than just Aunt Flo.  According to the book, “What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause” by Dr. John R. Lee, Estrogen Dominance can cause a whole bunch of health issues such as:

Allergies    Anxiety    Breast Cancer    Low Libido   Depression    Weight Gain     Fatigue    Fibrocystic Breasts    Headaches    Irritability  Insomnia    Miscarriage   Migraines    Thyroid    Uterine Fibroids   PMS  Hair Loss  Strokes    Infertility    Cold Hands and Feet

So you can see when you have more estrogen in relation to progesterone or when estrogen is not balanced BY progesterone, a while bunch of hurt can happen.

Let’s talk about progesterone for a minute. Progesterone is one of the primary hormones made in the ovaries. It’s necessary for the survival of a fertilized egg. Progesterone is a precursor to so many other hormones. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see why being Progesterone Deficient/Estrogen Dominant can really mess with a girl!

While I am by NO MEANS an authority on this stuff, I do know enough to be mildly dangerous. Let me put some of this in layman’s (ahhhhh, layWOMAN’s) terms for you.  For me, being Progesterone Deficient meant that for the two weeks following ovulation, I couldn’t concentrate, sleep or make decisions. I was irritable and unbelievably physically fatigued (well beyond what happens with a night or two of insomnia) as well as headaches that increased in intensity as I neared my period.

I can remember planning my first wedding and trying to decide when I’d be ovulating and when I’d have my period.  I knew our wedding had to be during the first two weeks of my cycle as I would be a mess the last two weeks. This was back in 1996! I don’t even know how long I had been feeling like that prior to ‘96.

Fast forward to circa 2003 and cue my girl, Charmaine. At the time she was my personal trainer and as personal trainers do, they often help you with so many other things than building muscle. A deep and profound friendship grew from our personal training sessions.  Eventually, I confided in her how I’d been feeling and she thought I might benefit from being on a progesterone cream. She said this might help level out my hormones and it might help my body prepare for a baby.

Step back for a second. Remember what I said earlier? About how progesterone is critical to the survival of a fertilized egg?? Uh huh… Maybe this part should have been included in my “Miracle” blog as I KNOW it helped.

So, let’s see…how old was I….41, 42 maybe? Yeah. I’ll try this progesterone cream.  I mean, what did I have to loose besides gripping headaches and overwhelming fatigue?

Well, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle. I felt better. Maybe not the first month or the second month, but by the third month of applying the cream, I felt semi-human after ovulation.  My symptoms were diminishing and I could actually function. I was sleeping better, had less severe headaches and I handled conflict more easily than before.

Flash forward to 2011. Pregnant. No need to be on progesterone cream as my body was hormonally balanced. In fact, I felt better pregnant than at any other point in my life (hormonally speaking, that is). I didn’t have mood swings or food cravings (although I tried to pass off my increased process sugar eating as an intense craving!) and I was sooooooo calm. I felt really, really good.

How do I know this progesterone thing isn’t bunk? You know, something made up by pharmaceutical companies to sell a product to us aging women? I know because I was not able to use my cream for five months after I gave birth. My intense Estrogen Dominant/Progesterone Deficient symptoms came back after two months. I was a little slow on the uptake and didn’t realize what was going on until month four.  After confirming it was safe to start using my progesterone cream,  I began again and viola! My symptoms diminished.

If you think you might have issues with progesterone/estrogen and you don’t have a bestie like Charmaine in your life, she suggested you check with your doctor and/or In Health Pharmacy (http://www.inhealthcompounding.com/). They do hormone level checks. Now, granted, your hormones can change hourly (sometimes by the minute!?!) so their test will only be a snapshot of your levels. But it’s a starting point, right?

For me, I still use and love what Charmaine recommended all those years ago. It’s “Serenity Bio-Identical Progesterone Cream” in original formula. I get it on-line from: http://progesterone.com/store/serenity-progesterone-creams/serenity-progesterone-creams/

Ladies, I’m not saying that when you get a headache or feel extreme fatigue or experience any of the above listed symptoms, the ONLY cause is low progesterone/high estrogen. No way! I’m not a doctor and I didn’t stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night, either. What I’m saying is maybe by me writing this blog, I’ve opened up another (hormonal) avenue for you to explore towards better health. Who knows! Maybe you’ll find the help you may not have known you needed.  😉

Breathes

Ok, so yesterday I wrote a blog entitled ‘Breathe’ and promised you some ways for slowing down your breath. Here’s one technique that I just love.  It’s super easy and yes, a caveman DID do it!!

For those of you who have had Reiki sessions with me, you know I often start out by instructing new clients to Belly Breathe. I find myself doing a form of Belly Breathing (Yoga Breath) during most of my sessions. It’s just something that feels natural and I love the energy I get by doing so.

The directions below were adapted – and Melissa-ized – from livingbydesignonline.com.

Belly Breathing.  This is a great place for chronic Rabbit Breathers to start as it has a calming effect on your mind.  Belly Breathing is very good for releasing anger and anxiety. It can also be used for pain relief (I used it during childbirth!) and relaxation in general. Needing to calm your mind? Start here!

Place your right hand upon your chest and your left hand on your tummy. Take in a slow, deep breath (HEY, shallow breathers, fear not!! The ability to inhale deeply is buried in your DNA!) and exhale through your mouth.  When you exhale, pull your tummy in slightly to squeeze out every last drop of that nasty carbon dioxide.

Notice if the hand that’s on your stomach rises higher than the hand on your chest.  Did it? If so, jolly GOOD show! You’ve successfully inhaled life-giving, Fountain-of-Youth oxygen deep into your lungs. If that didn’t happen? Wahh wahhhh wahhhhhhhh. Do not pass Go and do not collect $200.

No, I’m being silly. Just try it again. Now that you know your little tummy should swell on each inhalation, try it.  And try it again. Try it until you hyperventilate (kidding!) or your body starts to remember what it’s like to take a deep, whole, full breath.

Repeat this process as often as you need.  If you’re like me, you’ll forget about this breath when you need it the most (eye roll). Once you’re comfortable expanding your belly, you can stop using the hand position portion of this exercise. You can always visualize a color on your inhalation and/or add some words like, “calm, peace” or “relax” when you exhale. It’s not necessary, but what you tell your mind is what you’ll believe. Let me put it this way; it can only help.

Try this type of breath when you’re driving (don’t do the hand position portion, though! 10 and 2 people! 10 and 2!) or out for a walk. Maybe even when you’re huffing and puffing and your face is turning red in some cardio gym class (yes, that one was pointed directly at me). 😉  Try this when you want some calm or conversely, when you want some energy.

Let me remind you again of a few (there are literally hundreds!) of the benefits Belly Breathing/Deep Breathing can bring about. Ready?

  1. Reduction in cancer as cancer cells can’t thrive in an oxygen-rich environment. 
  2. Reduction in mental/physical fatigue plus more energy.
  3. I wasn’t kidding when I called Belly Breathing the “Fountain of Youth.”  It really does reduce wrinkles and improves skin tone!
  4. Reduction in the workload for your heart, which means lower blood pressure and less heart disease. No studies were done on trying to mend a broken heart, though.  Sorry.
  5. And rounding out the Top Five: Relaxation for the mind and body. Ding, ding! Winner Winner!!  Slow, deep, rhythmic breathing causes muscles to relax and the heart rate to slow, thus allowing the mind to calm.

Let’s ditch the Stress Breath and opt for some good old oxygenated lungs. See what happens. To me, it sounds like there isn’t a downside to Belly Breathing. Well, unless you don’t want to be around to walk your daughter down the aisle, kiss your grandchildren or watch the next season of “The Kardashians” then, maybe…..