Perfect Health and Well-Being
How would you like to be able to take a pill for perfect health and perfect well-being? This pill would be so effective that you could get all energy that you needed. It would support your immune system so that you would rarely get sick. And on top of that it would help you to be happy. Would you like such a pill? Do you know that such a pill exists? To do all this you might think it would take a miracle. But it would not! It is something so simple and so taken for granted that it will be hard to believe. But I have experienced it and so have countless others. The magic pill is your breath. My experience is with a form of breathwork called Transformational Breathing.
Over 90% of people have restricted breathing patterns that limit the available air by 50% or more. This limitation creates stress and increases the probability that the body's major systems will not function properly. Many processes are affected by our body's inability to breathe fully, but let's just focus on one aspect, oxygen.
- Without oxygen the body cannot operate properly. Oxygen drives everything in the body. In fact, over 90% of the body's energy is generated through these means. If the body does not have enough oxygen, it will create energy through less efficient anaerobic means.
- Oxygen is also used to create a dry cell state. This assists the cells in removing waste products, distributing them into the interstitial fluids where the lymphatic system removes them from the body.
- Oxygen supports the immune system.
- Mental acuity is enhanced by increased blood oxygen.
- Blood toxins like carbon monoxide are neutralized through adequate oxygen supplies.
- Many diseases thrive in low oxygen environments. In fact, if a cell loses 60% of its oxygen, it becomes cancerous. This was discovered by Otto Warburg, a scientist who won a Nobel Prize for his work.
- Common viruses and bacteria also do not live in an oxygenated environment. Maybe this is why I have not been sick over the last few years.
Nathaniel Altman in his book Oxygen Healing Therapies for Optimum Health and Vitality reports that there are over 50 diseases that are successfully treated using various forms of oxygen therapy in Germany, Russia, Cuba and Mexico. Further evidence is presented by Alan Hymes, co-author of Science of Breath: A Practical Guide. He says essential hypertension has been shown to respond favorably to a daily regimen of diaphragmatic breathing (a form of breathing that only focuses on breathing in the belly), and it shows impressive improvements in treating anxiety states. My own experience confirms this last statement. I have breathed many people who previously were on medication for anxiety and panic attacks. Some were so severe that on some days they could not even go to work. These conditions seemed to lessen after just one breath session. People even reduce or completely wean themselves of their medications.
I have also witnessed the healing of those suffering from asthma. This condition benefits dramatically from a conscious breathing practice such as Transformational Breathing. Gloria (not her real name), a lifelong sufferer of asthma, came to a Transformational Breath Seminar (a weeklong program of breathing and renewal). She used her inhaler a couple of times a day. At the end of the week she only had to use it once. She continues to breathe and has gone on to become a Certified Transformational Breath Facilitator. As a result of her continued breathing, she no longer carries an inhaler even when she leaves the country. No more medication. No more expense. No more dependency. Free at last!
Benefits also accrue to heart patients. A study was performed in the U.K. on 150 heart patients. They randomly divided the patients into two equal groups. One group they taught diaphragmatic breathing (deep belly breathing) and the other was a control group. Eighty percent of the members of the control group had a recurring heart incidence; however, none of the patients who were taught the breathing had any recurrence at all! So simple, yet so powerful.
From a physical standpoint, perhaps one of the most frequently reported benefits of conscious breathing is stress relief. Our body is designed to breathe differently under different situations. When we are under stress, our breathing becomes more rapid, shallow and shifts from the belly to the chest. This is what the fight or flight response does to our breathing pattern. When we are in a relaxed state our breath drops into our belly and slows down. Other bodily functions that were shut down like digestion now resume their normal functioning. Endorphins, neuropeptides, serotonin and other beneficial chemicals can now be released into the body promoting the relaxation response. However, due to continuous stress from many sources, we rarely resume our relaxed breathing and our breath becomes locked in a pattern of rigidity and shallowness, never allowing us to bring in enough oxygen to thrive. Is it any wonder that some 70-90% of doctor visits can be traced back to stress? Today much of our stress is emotional and is the reason why we shut down our breath in the first place. This is so insidious, pervasive and important that I will write about the emotional affects of restricted breathing in an upcoming issue.
These are some other conditions that can benefit from conscious breathing: Pain Control, Phobias, PMS, Headaches, Addictions, Infertility, Digestive Ailments, TMJ, Easing Birth Process, Sleep Apnea, and Post Surgery Recovery.
Although obvious the following is worth mentioning. These benefits accrue without cost. There are no drugs to buy or negative side affects to endure. Once a person learns how to breathe properly and opens up their restricted breathing pattern, there is no cost. The more they open to the flow of the breath, the more they will benefit. World renown healer, author, and alternative medicine practitioner Andrew Weil M.D. sums it up very succinctly, "Improper breathing is a common cause of ill health." Breathe Well!
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