Muscle Testing / Kinesiology

 

Muscle testing allows one to determine what makes the body strong and what makes it weak via the strength or weakness of an indicator muscle.  With muscle testing, we can determine what supplements, substances, foods, items etc. will be helpful for our body and what will make it weak. With this information, we are empowered to make health decisions that are effective for our unique body.

 

There are literally dozens of muscle testing methods that have been developed since Dr. George Goodheart first developed applied kinesiology in the 1960’s. I know a lot of you think it maybe after doing a large amount of acid and or magic mushrooms all I am asking is you be open minded and give a read and maybe a try.  Some are complex methodologies that use reflex or acupuncture points to help determine weaknesses in the body while other methods are very simple and test for muscle weakness or strength in the presence of various supplements, foods blah, blah, blah…..

 

Muscle testing is not accepted in mainstream medical circles yet but many health care practitioners use muscle testing, including some medical doctor’s, naturopathic acupuncturist’s, massage therapists, chiropractor’s, herbalists and others. I bet you are all very shocked that your insurance does not, I repeat does not cover this.

 

Muscle testing can be done  by yourself using various methods or by another person. Make sure this the person who is testing you is open minded and is not trying to sell you anything like a Kangen Enagic Water Filtration system, when he is a distributer, following me…he wants you to buy it consciously or unconsciously, I had told this person I had a water system which is a Tyent Water System’s which I am a dealer of and know the difference between the two. He told me my water was not good for me, I had to laugh, he had an agenda because he was selling the other  model. I know for a fact my machine is great and much less expensive. Please be careful who does the testing. If you don’t have a water system please do take a look because it is so important to have alkaline water in your body for many reasons and all the chemicals in the water for our kitchen faucet filtered out also not waste so many plastic bottles. Please contact me if you are interested in buying one and get a friend too test you between the two like I did and make your own choice please  http://tyentusa.com/learn/why_tyent/

 

Most often, when muscle testing is done for you, your arm is used as the indicator muscle.  The tester places their hand on one of your shoulders while you extend your other arm straight out, perpendicular to your body. A substance (supplement, food etc.) is placed in your free hand and your arm is tested for weakness or strength.  If your arm is weak and will not stay up,  then the substance is not good for you but if the arm stays strong then the substance is good. For the basics of muscle testing, please utilize some of the books you will find on the side panel.

 

This is not an exhaustive resource on all the methods available for muscle testing.  The information given here is provided to point out helpful resources and give hints and tips for accurately testing yourself and others.

 

There are many pitfalls to accuracy with muscle testing so if you are new to muscle testing, It is strongly  recommend that you seek out a competent professional until you are familiar with it from that perspective.  If doing it yourself, take the time to learn and practice before you rely on it as an accurate tool.

 

Self-Testing methods:

There are several methods available for testing oneself.  You can use your fingers to create a circuit.  With this method you can ask yes/no questions or place substances in your lap to determine if they are positive or negative for your body.  Click here for a good description of how to use this method:

 

Following is another simple method that you can use to test yourself:

 

Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Either test barefoot or in flat shoes (no high heels). Place the substance you are testing in your hand. State: “This is good for my body.” Become still, and after a few moments your body will either be pulled forward or fall backwards. If you feel yourself falling forward, the substance is positive for your body, if you feel yourself going backward, it is negative.

 

Hints for Self-testing:

It can be difficult to get accurate results when testing youeself.  During the course of observing and learning from the professionals along with conducting my own research, I have found many methods that are effective for improving the accuracy of self-testing. I hope these methods will be as helpful for you as they have been for me. Above all, please remember to be patient with yourself; it takes most people at least a year of practicing regularly before they become proficient.

 

Pitfalls in muscle testing:

1. Having a preconceived notion of the outcome.

2. Having a strong desire for a particular outcome.

3. Emotional blocks (which among other things can cause a person to fear getting an answer).

4. Asking questions that are too emotionally charged. There are some questions that I will not ask using self-testing. You should have someone else test you for these types of questions.

5. Problems with basic physical imbalances such as not being grounded and/or not being electrical.

6. Wearing jewelry or being around electro-magnetic fields that disrupt your body’s electrical field.

7. Being sloppy with the formulation of questions.

8. Being distracted or not being focused during the testing.

 

Ways to improve results:

– Be emotionally and mentally prepared to accept the answers you receive, even if you don’t like them

– Focus on your intent to get the correct answer. Try to clear your mind of any preconceived ideas of what the outcome will be. Think neutral.

– If you are having trouble testing substances, turn the labels away from you

– Take off jewelry, anything metal, watches and glasses with metal frames.

– Wear clean clothing,. If you are sick, clothes can become toxic within an hour. Do not wear tight fitting or synthetic garments.

– Test away from any electrical equipment (T.V., computers, phones, fluorescent lights etc.)

– Test in a quiet environment (turn off radio, T.V. noisy people or any other distractions)

– Avoid testing when emotionally upset or too tired. (sometimes it cannot be avoided)

– Have confidence in your ability. Do not test the same question over and over.

– Formulate and state your questions in a short, simple and concise yes/no format

– Focus and concentrate. Don’t let your mind wander.

– No food or gum in the mouth.

– Always think positive, kind, loving thoughts. Negative emotions have negative effects.

– Practice, Practice and more Practice.

– Check to be sure that you are clear for testing:

 

This can be tricky because if you aren’t clear for testing, how can you rely on testing?

 

After years of testing, I can generally tell when I’m not clear to test myself.  My fingers will be wobbly, I’ll get inconsistent answers or by my intuition.  When that happens, I usually need the help of another person who is familiar with muscle testing.

 

If you have no one to help, you may want to incorporate the use of a pendulum because they can be a bit easier to get neutral results. With the use of a pendulum, you can find a way to clear yourself for muscle testing.  If you decide to use a pendulum for this, you will need to train yourself properly before you can use it effectively since the pendulum and muscle testing are not the same thing. The pendulum is beyond the scope of this article.

 

If you are stuck here and you don’t have the use of a pendulum or another person,  try grounding yourself to your birthplace, the cross crawl or some emotional release techniques.  Go through the tips listed below and use your intuition to find a way to clear yourself.  If all of this fails, forget about testing for now and come back to it later.

 

Are you grounded?

Ask the question, am I grounded? If you are, go on to the next question., if not go to the suggestions for grounding and electrical problems.

 

Are you electrical?

Ask: Am I electrical? If you are, go on to the next question., if not go to the suggestions for grounding and electrical problems.

 

Are you emotionally cleared?

Ask the question, Am I emotionally clear for testing (then state whatever the purpose of the test is). If you are not then do an emotional clearing.

 

If you test positive for any of the items above, or if you find that you are not getting accurate test results, you will need to fix the problem.  Before proceeding to the suggestions on how to clear the problem, stimulate your immune system by brushing downward several times with three fingers (index, middle and 3rd fingers) on the area between the collarbones above the breast (thymus). Then put water on your wrists and the palms of your hands to enhance electrical conductivity. This will help you to get more accurate test results while trying to clear your problem. It is very difficult to get accurate results when you are not electrical, grounded or are emotionally blocked. You may need to do this several times while trying to clear these problems.

 

After you do one of the suggestions for fixing the problem, test again to see if the problem is cleared. Keep testing and doing the suggestions until none of them test positive. When you get a clear on all of the questions above, then you are ready to test yourself. If you are unable to clear the problems on your own, then you need to have someone else test you and help you clear them.

 

Suggestions for fixing grounding and/or electrical problems:

 

Ask: Do I need to:

Drink water?

If  yes, how much?

Take any flower essences?

Flower essences help to restore the electrical system and nervous system. Test and take whatever you need. Sometimes I have to go into the store and test while I am there to find what I need.  There are many brands and types.

Mostly Bach listed here

Flower Essence Society: research, education, networking for mind-body health

 

Take any supplements?

Test and take whatever tests positive. Hint: For some reason RNA (Ribonucleic Acid) is often very effective in helping to restore electrical balance. RNA is protein. You can buy this at some health food stores.

RNA & DNA

 

Ground myself to my birthplace?

Stand facing the direction (West, North, South or East) of your birthplace, take a slow deep breath.. Turn clockwise until you are facing the next direction (for example, if you are facing North then turn clockwise until you are facing East, take another deep breath, keep going clockwise and stop in each direction and take a deep breath. When you have stopped and taken a deep breath at each direction (4 breaths), reverse direction and do the same procedure until you are facing the direction of your birthplace again. You are done.

 

Do the cross crawl?

This exercise is also called re-patterning and is used to balance the left and right brain hemispheres.  The exercise was first developed in the 1960’s by a Dr. Doman and Delacato to help brain damaged children. Do for around 1 minute: March in place, lifting the knees high and at the same time touch the knees with the opposite elbow. If you are right handed look up and to the left as you are doing this exercise, if you are left handed, look up and to the right. If you find it hard to look in a particular direction while doing the exercise then count or hum while doing the exercise.

 

Wear a diode?

Cook’s Classic Diodes

The Diode is a solid-state composite of natural elements. It is molded into different forms and shapes to be worn on the body or placed on devices that emit electromagnetic radiation. The  Diode corrects or filters the energies flowing into the human body so as to bring increased harmony to the body’s electrical system. The first time I wore one I felt like my body was being pulled down to earth. I had been ungrounded for a long time. I rarely need to wear one anymore but I always use an  equipment diode on my computer.

 

Need an emotional clearing?

Sometimes you can have a problem with grounding or electrical balance which can be caused by an emotional block. Go to Suggestions for clearing emotional blocks.

 

Suggestions For Clearing Emotional Blocks.

 

General Emotional Clearing

When I do an emotional clearing I use a book called Feelings Buried Alive Never Die by Karol K. Truman. In Chapter 17 she lists negative feelings and their opposites. I muscle test for any negative feelings by asking the question: What feelings are causing me to be emotionally blocked in regards to (then state whatever it is that you are blocked about like .. What feelings are causing me to be emotionally blocked in regards to testing myself?). Write down all of the feelings that test positive. Go all the way through the alphabet of feelings and then start with the A’s again. Keep testing until you test negative all the way through the alphabet. Once you have tested negative all the way through the alphabet you are ready to start clearing. Start with the first feeling on your list and clear the feelings one at a time, in order. Visualize the feeling leaving your body. As the feeling leaves, you may notice the color or shape of it and what part of the body it is coming from. This can lead to some insights that can be very useful. Once the feeling is gone then read the opposite of the feeling from the book and visualize infusing those feelings into your body. Go through all of the feelings on your list this way. Once you have completed the list, notice any changes in the way you are feeling. I often feel much better after doing an emotional clearing or will notice a change in perception over the next few days or weeks.

 

Emotional Stress Release (ESR)

developed by Dr. Goodheart

 

Another useful tool for emotional clearing is ESR. With ESR you must know what situation is causing an imbalance. One way to determine which situation is by writing down anything that you feel may be causing the problem and muscle test each one. Be very precise in your questions. It helps to write them down prior to testing.

 

This can be used to change a persons perception of a stressful situation and thereby clear emotional imbalances. Use it to deal with stress from the past, present or anticipated future stress.

 

Benefits:

1. Relaxes the body

2. The person no longer feels affected by the stressful situation.

3. New solutions may emerge from the creative part of the brain.

4. Sometimes hidden emotions come to the surface and are released which frees held in stress.

 

How to do ESR:

This involves holding two neuro-vascular (ESR) points and re-experiencing a stressful situation. The ESR points are located on the small bumps on your brow called fontal eminences. Holding these points enhances circulation to the stomach and the frontal lobes of the brain in addition to relieving stress. Initially, no pulse is felt while holding the points. Gradually, after a minute or two, erratic pulses may be felt on both sides. Eventually, in anywhere from 2 to 10 minutes, the points become synchronized and steady. When this happens, there is a profound change in the person’s physiology. The whole body relaxes, the breathing slows down and deepens and the person no longer feels affected by the stressful situation. The person holding the points for you does not even need to know what the stressful situation is which makes this a great non-invasive method of offering help.

 

The ESR points:

Located on the small bumps on your brow called fontal eminences. They are found halfway between the midline of your eyebrows and the hairline.

 

Emotional finger mode

Bring together the pad of the thumb and the ring finger. Do this on both hands and then place

the index and middle fingers of both hands on the ESR points.

 

Basic ESR:

Involves you or a second person holding your ESR points very lightly while you re-experience a stressful situation.

1. Close your eyes and place your fingertips over the ESR points. (You may use the emotional finger

mode or not as you wish)

2. Think about the situation or issue that is troubling you. Experience it as fully as possible by being

aware of what and who you see, hear, feel, and even taste and smell.

3. Keep re-running the scene through in your mind. After a while you will actually find it difficult to

focus on it. When this happens, open your eyes, think again about the situation and be aware of

how you feel about it now.

 

Advanced ESR:

Advanced ESR is interchangeable with Basic ESR and can be used at any time.

Advanced ESR incorporates the emotional finger mode and eye rotations adapted from NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) by Dr. Wayne Topping and used in Biokenesiology. When we move our eyes into different positions we access information from different parts of the brain, such as images and memories. For example, when we look up we are accessing the part of the brain where we visualize, or see pictures. Any stress triggered by eye rotation can be released through the ESR technique.

 

1. Bring together the pads of the thumbs and the ring fingers of both hands and place the ring and index fingers of both hands on the ESR points above your brow.

2. Think about the stressful situation or issue and at the same time very slowly rotate your eyes, first in one direction and then in the other. First with your eyes closed and then with them open. You may wish to repeat this.

3. Now think of the situation again, notice how it seems to have changed.

 

Using ESR to change past memories:

One way of changing your reaction to unhappy memories is to hold your ESR points while you recall the event in as much detail as possible. When you have done this, start to imagine how it could have been different and more positive. What did you need at that time? What do you know now that you didn’t know then? Who (possibly including God) could have helped you? What would you like to have done, or not to have done? Create a new version of the happening, incorporating all of the resources that you can think of that would have made it better for you. In doing this you are creating another way of perceiving the experience and creating helpful inner resources for yourself.

 

You can now ask yourself if those resources would be helpful in dealing with any present situation. Think of a similar situation that might cause you stress in the future, and construct it in your mind including all of the resources you now have for dealing with it. Test it out by making any changes in the scenario that would improve your performance. Repeat this several times.

 

You are now prepared to deal with this future event more effectively than you were before.

 

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What Every Runner Should Know

 

As a runner we continually stress our muscles often causing Micro- tears within the muscle fibers as well as a buildup of Lactic acid / waste products. Your Muscles need oxygen to function properly and efficiently, nutrients such as amino acids to repair damaged muscle fibers and lymphatic fluid carry waste away from the muscles. Oxygen, nutrients and lymphatic fluid are transported through your body via the bloodstream. I also so recommend having the 5 one hour treatments of Lymphatic Drainage with the Lymphstar Pro Machine which is amazing! Please call for information on this treatment.

Lymphatic Enhancement Technology, The Lymphstar Pro

Lymphstar Pro System Is To Cause Optimal Flow To The Lymphatic System.

Massage Therapy markedly increases your body’s recovery rate by increasing blood flow within your circulatory system so Oxygen arrives faster to the area in need. Amino acids are delivered quickly and the waste products get moved rapidly away from the muscles.

 

Runner’s muscles are contracted in a relatively shortened range of motion for long periods of time. These tight muscles cause extra strain to be placed on tendons and may result in common injuries like Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendonitis, Iliotibial Band Syndrome and Shine Splints. Adhesion’s that form within the fascial connective tissue surrounding muscle fibers can also cause tightness.

 

Massage breaks up adhesion’s as well as broadens and lengthens muscle fibers. Freeing up fascia in and around muscles and creating length within muscles which helps prevent injury because it reduces the strain placed on the tendons. Staying healthy and preventing injury threw Massage lead to improved athletic performance increasing range of motion in the hip, knee and ankle joints by releasing and lengthening leg muscles through Massage can increase stride length, which will, in- turn increase running speed and thus improve performance. Weather you run for stress relief, pure enjoyment or in competition, Massage Therapy can be extremely beneficial and will improve athletic performance.

 

Plantar Fasciitis pain, occurs on the bottom of the foot because of tight fascia. A sharp pain occurs at the base of the heal and sometimes the arch. Place both golf ball and or frozen water bottle on the floor and roll the bottom side of your foot back and forth over your Massage tool. Go easy at first and realize this will feel uncomfortable at first because you are breaking up adhesions, so be patient and go easy.

 

What I highly recommend is finding out if you have flat feet. I was shocked to find out how many of my clients did not know that they have flat feet. I always recommend going to The Princeton Running Company, Princeton NJ. They are the only running shoe store that know that know shoes and what shoe is best for your feet, size, build, size and  if you feet pronate or supinate. The right shoe is so, so important. The other thing that is a must is foam rolling. I recommend TRIGGERPOINT Performance Therapy products, the only foam rollers, trigger point balls and thigh and calf rollers I will sell.  Why foam roll? Here is the best reason, if you don’t you will eventually hurt yourself pretty bad I can promise you this if you are a serious runner. I don’t care what stretching you do. If you are a very serious yoga practitioner you’ll be okay but, getting to that iliotibial band is very, very important and foam rolling is the best way to stretch it out correctly.

also recommend getting a foot wheel and using a golf ball barefoot  only use static pressure, do not roll the ball and yes it hurts and yes the bottom of your feet even have trigger points. Try one foot first and then stand back and you will feel such a difference in the foot that you painfully applied pressure all over the bottom of your feet.

 

 
 Learn Self Applied Balls In Sock Massage Technique

 

 

  • Learn self applied massage,balls in sock technique to release trigger points. Trigger points are areas of pain throughout the body they can often be felt as a lump or can cause a twitch. To see if you have a trigger point push on the suspected spot.  A trigger point is more than a tender nodule. It affects not only the muscle where the trigger point is located, but also causes “referred pain” in tissues supplied by nerves. Trigger points are located in a taut band of muscles fibers. The trigger point is the most tender point in the band. If it is a trigger point it will be more tender or sting & the referred pain will increase. When you locate and deactivate them using using my balls in a sock self applied technique and massage therapy.

 

  •   There is nothing worse than trigger points they can cause gluteal pain,  pain in your mid scapula/shoulder blade, mid and lower back and hip pain.  I have had clients with knots that they thought might have been tumors. Trigger points can occur from improper breathing, stress and repetitive sports and motion. What seems to be knots occur and they can cause debilitating pain. I always suggest to people the strong need with the stresses of today to get a massage therapy once a month. These so called knots can be prevented if we do not wait until we reach a chronic stage. The self applied techniques with  balls in a sock can help you to help yourself.
  •   This is how to get to  those hard to reach areas that need to to have pressure point release/ trigger point release.  Take a tennis ball/golf ball/ Lacrosse ball-( remember the amount of  pain you can tolerate! ) Always using static pressure, which means direct pressure not rolling around on the balls. This is not going to feel joyful it will hurt but, it should be a good hurt and DO NOT put the balls on your spine. If you are having mid back pain have the balls on either side of the spine.
  • Setting up: Put the balls in the sock on a hardwood floor or very low pile carpet. Then you have to situate the balls onto the point of pain and you will know this because it will hurt there. If you move an inch up you might not feel any pain, that is letting you know you are off the trigger point that you need to have the ball/balls on. Once you are on that spot lower your body gradually allowing more and more pressure and remember to breath. Stay there statically as long as the pain persists. It can take up to 30 second to a minute for the trigger point to release and sometimes the relief is amazing! Your balls in a sock self applied massage can go anywhere with you too.
  • You can also do this while you are sitting in a hard chair and yes… sit on it!  There are a lot of Trigger Points that you can release so experiment. When you go directly into the pain with a tennis ball, golf ball, elbow or Massage tool they release after a short period of time, which is called Trigger Point Therapy. I use this method in your Massage treatment) You can position the ball (Tennis or Golf) against the back of your chair by your shoulder blades and lean into the ball.
  • The Glutes are an area of high tightness. Yes we are all a bunch of tight asses! This is either from sitting to much or it can be from sports too. Get out your  yoga mat and use on of the balls in you set and again with static pressure apply to the area’s from the hip and follow the top of your sacrum and then directly into the sides of your glutes/butt. This does hurt but it certainly can help from getting sciatica to major low back pain. It will help you trust me here.

 How to make this contraption:

  • Take two balls Tennis, Golf  or lacrosse balls  put one ball into the toe of the stocking and I tie three knots. then you put the other same type of ball in  and tie the end close to the ball in another knot and cut the rest of the stocking off. . Remember to pull the balls close enough together to fit your back so that the balls are on either side of the spine. NOT ON THE SPINE. Locate the area of pain and fix the balls so they are directly on the painful spot and allow your body weight to push into the Trigger Point for relief. It is always good to have a helper but learning these self applied massage  techniques to help yourself, with balls in a sock.
  • Please click on the bodies below to enlarge to see where trigger points are located:

  • This was the outcome for me, but it was a hell of a lot more than four sessions in a hell of a lot of money. I have been a massage therapist/body worker for 18 years. I would say close to half of my clients came to me after having no results from physical therapists, and I was there last resort and for a good percentage of the time, I know I helped them more than these PT’s did. Believe me, I know how frustrating that is. It is time consuming, it costs a lot of money, it also wastes insurance money.
  • Here is my advice to you: If you want to get better get massage and go to the The Neurac Institute in Princeton, NJ 800 Bunn Drive Princeton, NJ 08540 (609) 683-1010. One more location in New Jersey is in Hopewell, NJ 83 Princeton Avenue Hopewell, NJ 08525 (609) 466-9004. I have never missed a therapy session without hearing another patient saying how quickly they got to the issue and how much improvement was made!
  • I am more impressed each time I go not only by the technique but, the incredible staff with their kindness, and most importantly, their ability to communicate effectively, and the knowledge. Thank you Neurac Institute for the first time since 2007 I feel like I might be able to soon be an athlete again!
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  • Neurac is performed with the Redcord Workstation Professional, ant the treatment consists of especially tailored exercises and techniques. To enhance treatment outcomes vibration can be applied with the patentedRedcord Stimula. Many patients experience additional pain relief when the vibration stimulus is applied. Read more about Neurac treatment – Step by step.Neurac Treatment aims to be pain free and without negative side effects. The treatment requires motivation and concentration from you as a patient. The exercises can be both hard and challenging but should always be performed controlled and with good movement quality. To obtain long term treatment effects individual exercise for maintenance is recommended. Read more about follow-up here.

 

  • Neurac treatment is indicated for musculoskeletal ailments such as:Low back pain and pelvic girdle pain
    Neck pain and neck pain with headache
    Shoulder / arm dysfunction (eg impingement and Tennis Elbow)
     Leg dysfunction (eg patellofemoral pain syndrome)
  • Redcord offers a special course program for therapists, doctors and health professionals.
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My Homeless lady of Windsor Green:

This is a letter to all the wonderful people in Princeton and surrounding areas who helped our little homeless lady, Ms. H. (U.S. 1, September 28, 2011 archives). For those of you who are reading this for the first time,

 

Ms. H. is a 72-year-old homeless woman who has lived outside until late December when it was too cold to stay outside. She did this for more than 13 years. For the past seven years she has been assisted by the lovely woman who remains anonymous, who paid for her stay in the winter months at the Sleepy Hollow Motel. They charged over $1,000 a month. I would pay each month along with the help of wonderful people who offered to help.

 

Finally, after endless attempts of trying to get her help in finding a place to live, Patrolman Pete Hanna didn’t just drop her off at the horrible Trenton crack shelter all by herself after she was asked to leave for good from Windsor Green for good. He stayed and met with her social worker and made sure that she was taken care of.

 

Miss H. is an intelligent, kind wonderful woman whom I feel blessed to have in my life, but she is mildly schizophrenic, and it is not okay by any means, for any of our elderly people in Princeton to be living on the streets at the age of 72.  The most important thing is that, Ms. H. is safe, warm, and looked after, like each and every one of us wants for the ones we love. Her social worker, Renee Swain (after me being a very persistent pain in the ass.) has found her a permanent residence, an apartment in Trenton.

 

The Happy, Happy Update:

 

I want all the kind people who I know care deeply for Miss H. that she is okay. She loves her new apartment. Although it is not in a good neighborhood, so I pray a lot! The three of us and some wonderful people helped furnish it. She is cooking, has a nice new bed, a bath tub. She is just all smiles. We are still going to have to fund raise a wonderful man from Merrill Lynch is helping thru his church and himself. I thank GOD for Ed!

 

What I would like to ask of you is to write her a letter and tell her about you. She likes to help people with problems, so ask her for your prayers or anything you would like to write to her about just don’t tell her we are paying. She is very proud and has issues with the government and charity.

 

Please send prayers and your letters to SuzanneNewmanCMT@gmail.com  I will take them to her when I visit her. I am sure your letters will mean a lot to her as your visits did when she was sitting outside on those terribly hot days and cold nights. Remember she is very isolated.

Thank you so very much again for all your help, Suzanne Newman

It is thought by many cultures that the process of breathing is the essence of being. A rhythmic process of expansion and contraction, breathing is one example of the consistent polarity we see in nature such as night and day, wake and sleep, seasonal growth and decay and ultimately life and death. In yoga, the breath is known as prana or a universal energy that can be used to find a balance between the body-mind, the conscious – unconscious, and the sympathetic-parasympathetic nervous system. Unlike other bodily functions, the breath is easily used to communicate between these systems, which give us an excellent tool to help facilitate positive change. It is the only bodily function that we do both voluntarily and involuntarily. We can consciously use breathing to influence the involuntary (sympathetic nervous system) that regulates blood pressure, heart rate, circulation, digestion and many other bodily functions. Pranayama is a yoga practice that literally means the control of life or energy. It uses breathing techniques to change subtle energies within the body for health and well-being. Breathing exercises can act as a bridge into those functions of the body of which we generally do not have conscious control.

An example of how life affects physiology:

  During times of emotional stress our sympathetic nervous system is stimulated and affects a number of physical responses. Our heart rate rises, we perspire, our muscles tense and our breathing become rapid and shallow. If this process happens over a long period of time, the sympatric nervous system becomes over stimulated leading to an imbalance that can affect our physical health resulting in inflammation, high blood pressure and muscle pain to name a few. Consciously slowing our heart rate, decreasing perspiration and relaxing muscles are more difficult than simply slowing and deepening breathing. The breath can be used to directly influence these stressful changes causing a direct stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system resulting in relaxation and a reversal of the changes seen with the stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system. We can see how our bodies know to do this naturally when we take a deep breath or sigh when a stress is relieved.

 

The breathing process can be trained:

  Breathing can be trained for both positive and negative influences on health. Chronic stress can lead to a restriction of the connective and muscular tissue in the chest resulting in a decrease range of motion of the chest wall. Due to rapid more shallow breathing, the chest does not expand as much as it would with slower deeper breaths and much of the air exchange occurs at the top of the lung tissue towards the head. This results in “chest” breathing. You can see if you are a chest breather by placing your right hand on your chest and your left hand on your abdomen. As you breathe, see which hand raises more. If your right hand raises more, you are a chest breather. If your left hand raises more, you are an abdomen breather.

Chest breathing is inefficient because the greatest amount of blood flow occurs in the lower lobes of the lungs, areas that have limited air expansion in chest breathers. This kind of chest breathing which is rapid, shallow, results in less oxygen transfer to the blood and subsequent poor delivery of nutrients to the tissues. The good news is that similar to learning to play an instrument or riding a bike, you can train the body to improve its breathing technique. With regular practice you will breathe from the abdomen most of the time, even while asleep.

Note: Using and learning proper breathing techniques is one of the most beneficial things that can be done for both short and long term physical and emotional health.

 

The benefits of abdominal breathing:

  Abdominal breathing is also known as diaphragmatic breathing. The diaphragm is a large muscle located between the chest and the abdomen. When it contracts it is forced downward causing the abdomen to expand. This causes a negative pressure within the chest forcing air into the lungs. The negative pressure also pulls blood into the chest improving the venous return to the heart. This leads to improved stamina in both disease and athletic activity. Like blood, the flow of lymph, which is rich in immune cells, is also improved. By expanding the lung’s air pockets and improving the flow of blood and lymph, abdominal breathing also helps prevent infection of the lung and other tissues. But most of all it is an excellent tool to stimulate the relaxation response that results in less tension and an overall sense of well-being.

 

Abdominal Breathing Technique:

  Breathing exercises such as this one should be done twice a day or whenever you find your mind dwelling on upsetting thoughts or when you are experiencing pain.

* Place one hand on your chest and the other on your abdomen. When you take a deep breath in, the hand on the abdomen should rise higher than the one on the chest. This insures that the diaphragm is pulling air into the bases of the lungs.

* After exhaling through the mouth, take a slow deep breath in through your nose imagining that you are sucking in all the air in the room and hold it for a count of 7 (or as long as you are able, not exceeding 7)

* Slowly exhale through your mouth for a count of 8. As all the air is released with relaxation, gently contract your abdominal muscles to completely evacuate the remaining air from the lungs. It is important to remember that we deepen respirations not by inhaling more air but through completely exhaling it.

* Repeat the cycle four more times for a total of 5 deep breaths and try to breathe at a rate of one breath every 10 seconds (or 6 breaths per minute). At this rate our heart rate variability increases which has a positive effect on cardiac health.

 

Once you feel comfortable with the above technique, you may want to incorporate words that can enhance the exercise. Examples would be to say to yourself the word, relaxation (with inhalation) and stress or anger (with exhalation). The idea being to bring in the feeling/emotion you want with inhalation and release those you don’t want with exhalation.

In general, exhalation should be twice as long as inhalation. The use of the hands on the chest and abdomen are only needed to help you train your breathing. Once you feel comfortable with your ability to breathe into the abdomen, they are no longer needed.

Abdominal breathing is just one of many breathing exercises. But it is the most important one to learn before exploring other techniques. The more it is practiced, the more natural it will become improving the body’s internal rhythm.

 

Using breathing exercises to increase energy:

  If practiced over time, the abdominal breathing exercise can result in improved energy throughout the day, but sometimes we are in need of a quick “pick-up.” The Bellows breathing exercise (also called, the stimulating breath) can be used during times of fatigue that may result from driving over distances or when you need to be revitalized at work. It should not be used in place of abdominal breathing but in addition as a tool to increase energy when needed. This breathing exercise is opposite that of abdominal breathing. Short, fast rhythmic breaths are used to increase energy, which are similar to the “chest” breathing we do when under stress. The bellows breath recreates the adrenal stimulation that occurs with stress and results in the release of energizing chemicals such as epinephrine. Like most bodily functions this serves an active purpose, but overuse results in adverse effects as discussed above.

 

The Bellows Breathing Technique (The Stimulating Breath):

This yogic technique can be used to help stimulate energy when needed. It is a good thing to use before reaching for a cup of coffee.

* Sit in a comfortable up-right position with your spine straight.

* With your mouth gently closed breathe in and out of your nose as fast as possible. To give an idea of how this is done, think of someone using a bicycle pump (a bellows) to quickly pump up a tire. The upstroke is inspiration and the down stroke is exhalation and both are equal in length.

* The rate of breathing is rapid with as many as 2-3 cycles of inspiration/expiration per second.

* While doing the exercise, you should feel effort at the base of the neck, chest and abdomen. The muscles in these areas will increase in strength the more this technique is practiced. This is truly an exercise.

* Do this for no longer than 15 seconds when first starting. With practice, slowly increase the length of the exercise by 5 seconds each time. Do it as long as you are comfortably able, not exceeding one full minute.

* There is a risk for hyperventilation that can result in loss of consciousness if this exercise is done too much in the beginning. For this reason, it should be practiced in a safe place such as a bed or chair.

This exercise can be used each morning upon awakening or when needed for an energy boost.