Kyle Grimshaw-Jones ND, RT
Drink water hourly and have enough celtic sea salt. If you've been forgetting lately, drink two glasses of water before you begin your breathing exercises. Read our water articles for future inspiration/education.
Relax your tongue, jaw, and hands. Together, these occupy approximately 70% of the homunculus area of the brain.
To relax your tongue and jaw, either:
* Stick out your tongue
* Let the tip of your tongue just touch behind the back of your lower lip like a baby, or
* Smile gently around the corners of your eyes and mouth, and either touch the tip of your tongue onto the soft palate at the roof of your mouth, or anywhere else it wants to rest
* You can massage your moustache-line and jaw muscles, and gently pull out and up around the corners of your mouth and eyes to remind them to smile
* You can massage your tongue, but make sure your hands are clean (wash before and after)
* You can practise the baby tongue position or gentle smiling in public at anytime. If your lips are together nobody can see the baby tongue position, and if your smile is gentle enough that you can wear it all day, it will favorably influence the emotional environment around you!
To relax your hands you can:
* tense them, breathe in, hold your breath, and breathe out and relax them
* shake them loose vigorously while breathing deeply, then relax
(The original inspiration for the tongue positions, the importance of relaxing the tongue, jaw, and hands, and the following diaphragm release came from N.Van Voorst, alias N.B.Singer, alias Rhys Heart, founder of Magnetic Health Services and Bluegold Health Teaching Services.)
Sit with good posture, or lie down, with your knees bent if you wish.
Relax your perineal, pelvic, and abdominal areas. First tighten your pelvic floor, anus, sexual organs, and buttocks by tightening them as you breathe in, and then relax completely on your outbreath. Feel your lower abdomen relax.
Now relax your abdominal area in the region of the diaphragm. Any hardening, swelling, or tension in this area will result in it being difficult for the diaphram muscle to move. The diaphragm is a large dome-shaped muscle. It originates from the high point of a dome that separates the chest and abdomen at the central tendon, and inserts on the lower border of the ribcage and on the anterior surfaces of the lower back vertebrae.
Please realize how important it is by visualizing the connective tissue that surrounds all the bones, muscles, and organs of the body being continuous. The whole body is upposed to be massaged from the inside out, every breath. As this begins to happen, you will feel profoundly relaxed, and life will look very different. As you breathe in and out, your diaphragm moves down and up, and the connective tissue, including the sack that surrounds the brain, moves with your breathing. So by breathing, you are massaging your brain! and increasing the distribution of cerebrospinal fluid to all the cells of your body. (Erlingheuser, R.F., The Circulation of Cerebrospinal Fluid Through the Connective Tissue System, in the Academy of Applied Osteopathy Yearbook, 1959)
You can loosen the diaphragm muscle by continuing exercise No.2, and with soft smiling relaxed hands loosening the diaphragm and upper abdomen with gentle rotating movements between the lower border of the ribcage and the navel.
As your breath flows in, gently expand your abdomen, feeling it press outwards against your fingers. As your breath flows in, feel your abdomen deflate, and allow your fingers to press in more deeply.
As your breathing begins to work again, you may have the experience of not feeling any need to control your breathing. You can just let it unravel its tensions, along with your body and mind, at its own pace, with some gentle, almost desireless, persuasion.
At a certain point your breathing will start to spontaneously release tension, toxins, pain, and emotion. Once this process begins, certain feelings and experiences begin to arise. The most common is spontaneous yawning with eye-watering. This can be encouraged with a gentle sigh on the outbreath. Burping, flatulence, spontaneous stretching and movements, and sometimes even nausea and vomiting can arise. Whatever sensation or experience arises, just smilingly accept it, relax into it, continue observing it, and experience it fully until it passes away by itself.
Keep practicing daily, and remove any areas of congestion, pain, or tension from your upper abdomen and your whole abdominal area.