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The Pause That Refreshes

By Julie Dieterle

I’ve recently had a conversation with a friend and healthcare practitioner about some common physical issues. We have both had years of practice and have been studying various alternative healing techniques including esoteric healing.

We both realize how breathing tells us much about the patient and the physical symptom and people’s health in general.

Our conversation included these recognized experiences:

Many of our client/patients come in with complaints about fatigue, burning, pain, ticklishness, or show posture changes called “exaggerated kyphosis” or excess curvature in the upper back or “dowager’s hump” or “buffalo hump” in the high back and base of the neck. Physically the practitioner feels a thickening in the tissue in these areas. In discussion with the person, we hear of many hours in front of the computer, often eye fatigue or changes in their prescription glasses. They will often report—“I just have to lie down, I can’t stand it anymore!” Pain posture tends to bend the spine forward and eyes down. They also present a breathing pattern that is shallow. When you are bent over, pressure is put on the diaphragm reducing the effectiveness of its work in getting enough oxygen into your body. All of this can cause fuzzy thinking, poor recovery even with sleep, and more chronic pain, headaches, and neck pain. Pain tends to reduce activities, getting out socially which can isolate us. AND—I think you get the picture—a slippery slope of separation and depression.

We are reading more and more about getting out with people and being more active to clear up many ailments—stress, diabetes, arthritis, depression are just a few.

So what can we do? What if these areas in the back are indicators? They present themselves as “pay attention to me”.   We normally avoid pain, pull away from it. What my co-worker and I have been learning is quite different. We are taught to breathe into those areas. We don’t have to curse it, hate it, avoid it, and ignore it. We can point our laser mind at it and say “I hear you!” Something can be done and something can be changed here. If I take a moment and breathe into that area—I notice that my chest rises, I look up, my shoulders fall back naturally, the area between my ribs and my pelvis expands. I can take a deeper breath. This is “the pause that refreshes”—and I would add, heals. This simple technique changes everything. Doing this several times daily increases oxygenation of tissues getting rid of fatigue toxins in the muscles, improves posture, gives a more positive outlook “things are looking up”.

Don’t take my word for it! Try it and let me know if this is not so!!

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