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JUST BREATHE ~ PART 3

This is the final installment of the breathing techniques that I have been sharing on my social media channels Instagram and Facebook

I have really enjoyed researching and creating these really helpful techniques that can be adopted to all lifestyle and most age groups. My two boys have been doing these exercises with me each morning and they are only 4 and 8 years old. Reminding yourself to breathe may sound simple, but I even learned that we don’t always get that right.

By taking just a few minutes a day, I have felt calmer and grounded when it felt like the world was getting on top of me. This practice also taught me that I need to take myself away sometimes and just breathe.

1: KAPALABHATI (skull shining breathing)

  • Begin with a long, slow inhale
  • Follow it with a quick, powerful exhale generated from the lower belly.
  • Once comfortable with the contraction, up the pace to one inhale-exhale, (All through the nose) every one to two seconds, for a total of ten breaths.

2: BREATH COUNTING

  • To begin the exercise, count “ONE” to yourself as you exhale.
  • The next time you exhale, count “TWO,” and so on up to “FIVE”.
  • The begin a new cycle, counting “ONE” on the next exhalation.
  • Never count higher than “FIVE” and count only when you exhale. Try to do 10 minutes of this form of breathing.

3: PROGRESSIVE RELAXATION BREATHING

  • To nix tension from head to toe close your eyes.
  • Focus on tensing and relaxing each muscle group for two to three seconds each.
  • Start with your feet and toes, the move up to your knees, thighs, glutes, arms, hands, neck, jaw and eyes, all while maintaining deep, slow breaths.
  • You can do this as often as you like.

4: BREATH MOVING

  • As you breathe in imagine you are moving your breath to the top of your head.
  • As you breath out, imagine you are moving your breath to the base of your spine, your perineum, your tailbone.
  • Each time you breathe in,move the breath to the top of your head.
  • Each time you breathe out, move the breath to the base of your spine.
  • Breathe in this circuit for ten cycles.

5: PURSED LIPS BREATHING

  • Breathe in through your nose (as if you are smelling something), for about two seconds.
  • Pucker your lips like you are getting ready to blow out some birthday cake candles.
  • Breathe out slowly through pursed lips two to three times as long as you breathed in.
  • Repeat.

6: ABDOMINAL BREATHING

  • Place your left hand on your abdomen and your right hand on your chest.
  • Practice filling your lower lungs by breathing so that your left hand goes up when you in inhale and your right hand remains still. Always inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth.
  • When you have filled and emptied your lower lungs eight to ten times, add the second step t your breathing: Inhale first into your lower lungs as before, and then continue inhaling into your upper chest.
  • As you exhale slowly through your mouth, make a whooshing sound as your left hand falls first, and then your right hand. As you exhale feel the tension leaving your body as you become more and more relaxed.
  • Practice breathing in and out in this manner for three to five minutes. Notice that the movement of your abdomen and chest is like rolling waves and falling in a rhythmic motion.
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Just Breathe ~ Part 2

This is part 2 of the breathing techniques I have been sharing over on my Instagram and Facebook pages.

With everyone either staying at home right now or for those of you that are working the front line keeping all of us safe, fed and warm these simple breathing techniques are perfect to help to keep your grounded, calm and perfect for optimizing lung health.

If you missed the first installment here you go: JUST BREATHE ~ Part 1

1: BREATH COUNTING

  • To begin the exercise, count “ONE” to yourself as you exhale.
  • The next time you exhale count “TWO”, and so on up to “FIVE”.
  • The begin a new cycle, counting “ONE” on the next exhalation.
  • Never count higher than 5 and only count when you exhale.
  • Try to do TEN minutes of this form of breathing.

2: DEEP MUSCLE BREATHING

  • To relax your face, knot your eyebrows together and release.
  • To Relax your neck, tilt your head down towards your neck, an push your chin to your chest, then release.
  • To relax your shoulders, make a shrugging motion, then release.
  • To relax your arms, push both arms away from the torso, stretch them out, and then relax them by your side.
  • To relax your legs, point your toes as far away as they will stretch, and then relax.

3: BELLOWS BREATH

  • Inhale and exhale rapidly through your nose, keeping your mouth closed but relaxed. Your breaths in and out should be equal in duration, but as short as possible. This is a noisy breathing exercise.
  • Try for three in and out breath cycles per second. This produces a quick movement of the diaphragm, suggesting a bellow. Breathe normally after each cycle.
  • Do not do this exercise for more than 15 seconds on your first try. Each time you practice Bellows Breath, you can increase your time by five seconds or so, until you reach a full minute.

4: C02 REBREATHING

  • Cup your hands over your mouth and breathe slowly. You can also try using a small paper bag – the idea is to prevent the expulsion of carbon dioxide and get it back into your lungs so that you regain the balance of C02 in your system.
  • Keep breathing as you would normally to reagin the carbon dioxide levels.

5: GUIDED VISUALISATION

  • Head to your HAPPY PLACE, no questions asked.
  • Breathe deeply while focusing on pleasant, positive images to replace any negative thought.

6: NADI SHODHANA (Alternate nostril Breathing)

  • Start in a comfortable meditiation pose
  • Hold your thumb over your right nostril.
  • Inhale deeply through your left nostril.
  • At the peak of inhalation, close off your left nostril with your ring finger.
  • Exhale through your right nostril.
  • Continue pattern, inhaling through your right nostril, closing it off with your right thumb, and exhaling through your left nostril.
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Don’t panic just colour

When life feels like it is hitting the proverbial fan then don’t loose your proverbial reach for your colouring pencils.

Sometimes I may be sitting in front of 15 tabs open on my computer and my phone binging away with emails that need to be answered all the while preparing dinner, planning my kids weekly schedule, play dates, homework projects and run my beautiful business.

Now don’t get me wrong I love everything that I do, but sometimes it all comes in on top of me.

My go to is something that I used to do as a child, colour.

I was always doodling on anything and everything growing up, maybe it was out of boredom or even defiance against my teachers (sorry by the way Mr. Quish), but now as a semi grownup I need to do it to calm my mind.

Some of the benefits of colouring are:

Your brain experiences relief by entering a meditative state

Stress and anxiety levels have the potential to be lowered

Negative thoughts are expelled as you take in positivity

Focusing on the present helps you achieve mindfulness

Colouring can be done by anyone, not just artists or creative types

It’s a hobby that can be taken with you wherever you go

It helps you unplug. The great thing about colouring books? No technology is necessary, giving you a break from the smartphone and computer.

It’s de-stressing. Colouring can be beneficial for adults because it has a de-stressing effect. The act of colouring requires repetition and attention to detail, so you are able to focus on the activity, rather than your worries

Colouring brings out our imaginations and helps us recall childhood. For a lot of people, we had less stress as children than we do now

Anyone can do it. You don’t have to be artistic to reap colouring’s benefits. Personally, I get stressed that I’m not creative enough. Colouring takes the pressure off. The lines are already there, so you really can’t mess up. Relax, lean into it and don’t worry about it being pretty or creative enough. With colouring, there is no right or wrong

It’s inexpensive. Colouring books range from €5 to €15, and a pack of gel pens or coloured pencils will only set you back about €5. (I get mine in Deals or TXMax)

So, my advice to you in take time to sit on the floor with a hundred colouring pens around you, pick a page in a colouring book, stick your tongue out the side of your mouth in concentration and just let it all go, one picture at a time.

I would love to get a colouring class up and running once a month at the centre, just come sit on the floor and relax.  Would you be interested?

I’m off to colour now but talk soon.

Claire

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Essential oils for stress

Essential oils for Stress

Claire Kenny 22/11/18

Essential oils contain a highly concentrated form of the biologically active compounds found in flowers and plants. Because they’re concentrated, they can provide therapeutic benefits—including stress relief—in very small amounts. Many of these oils have been used for therapeutic purposes for nearly 6,000 years by the ancient Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and others.

 

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit. There are many ways to enjoy aromatherapy. Inhalation is the quickest. Just open the bottle and take a sniff. There are also various types of diffusers, which use heat, evaporation and other means to circulate the goodness of essential oils into the air you breathe.

 

Adding a few drops of an essential oil to your bathwater will deliver benefits though your nose and skin at the same time, you can also add them to a diffusers to disperse the scents around your house or car. Essential oils should not be rubbed directly into the skin, try diluting your favourite scent with what’s known as a carrier oil, such as olive oil or coconut oil.

Here are three essential oils that are especially recommended for stress relief:

Lavender

One of the most common essential oils, lavender oil has a calming, relaxing effect. It’s considered a nervous-system restorative and helps promote inner peace and restful sleep while relieving restlessness, irritability, panic attacks, nervous stomach and all-around general nervous tension. Research has also found that it helps reduce anxiety and depression and is a helpful pain reliever.

 

The scent of lavender stimulates brain pathways, including our limbic system, which is connected to our emotional responses and memories. You can try adding a few drops to an oil diffuser in your bedroom. Or massage your temples and back of your neck during times of stress. But make sure it’s 100 percent pure Lavandula Angustifolia, which is the soothing lavender, and not Lavandula Latifolia, the stimulating lavender.

 

Bergamot

The flavonoids found in bergamot oil are good for soothing the nerves and reducing tension, anxiety and stress. These properties also make them effective in treating sleeplessness, high blood pressure and depression. Bergamot oil can also stimulate the “feel-good” hormones in your body, such as dopamine and serotonin. Derived from the Citrus bergamia tree, bergamot oil has many other benefits, including pain relief and antibiotic properties.

 

Ylang-Ylang

Made from the flowers of the Cananga odorata tree, this essential oil sedates or calms nervous afflictions, stress, anger and anxiety, while inducing a relaxed feeling. Ylang-ylang (pronounced EE-lang EE-lang) has been shown to be effective in reducing blood pressure. As a remedy for depression, it is said to have the ability to “expand the heart.” Many depression sufferers have found that essential oils provide a natural and far safer alternative to drugs, and ylang-ylang may be one of the most useful of all the essential oils when it comes to improving your emotional well-being.

 

To relieve PMS cramps and other symptoms, try applying a mixture of ylang-ylang, lavender oil and a carrier oil, such as coconut oil, to the back of your neck and lower abdomen.

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Meditation is good for your heart health

In the immensely stressful lives that we are living in the present times, it becomes imperative to include practices such as meditation and yoga in our lifestyle. Apart from reducing stress and generating immense positivity, meditation helps in keeping our heart healthy as well. People who meditate regularly are lesser prone to risks of heart attack and stroke. Meditation can produce changes in the brain activity and can also control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing rate and release of cortisol hormone in response to stress.

What is meditation?
Meditation means awareness. Anything which is done with awareness is meditation. It is not a technique but a way of life. Meditation is referred to a stage of consciousness when the mind is free of scattered thoughts and ideas. It is considered as a practice which transforms the mind. It helps in improving concentration, helps in getting more clarity, provides emotional positivity and helps a person have a calm way of looking at the nature of things.

Engaging in meditation enables a person to learn about his/her patterns and habits of mind. It helps a person cultivate new and more positive ways of living. A nourished and positive thinking mind can further transform into extremely peaceful and energised state of mind. Inculcating the habit of meditation in your lifestyle can make you a more enlightened person personally and publically.

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Regular meditation can make you a more enlightened person

There are various kinds of meditation which provides several physiological benefits. Mindful meditation helps you focus efficiently in the present and accept it without any judgement. Guided meditation, for instance, a kind of meditation which uses mental images, helps you relax and calm down. Transcendental medication is a kind of meditation which uses repeated sounds and phrases in order to clear your mind.

These meditations need to be done for at least 10 minutes in a day in order to get physiological benefits from them.

How meditation helps your heart?
The National Institute of Mental Health states that around 19% adults experience anxiety within the past year. Around 31% adults were reported to suffer from anxiety disorder at some point in their lifetime. We all experience stress in one way or the other. Excessive stress can contribute to high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, overeating and physical inactivity. All these factors contribute to increased risks of stroke and heart disease.

Mindful meditation helps in reducing both stress and anxiety. Meditating regularly gives a boost to the immunity, eases inflammation in chronic conditions and reduces pain. Those who meditate regularly experience increase in gray matter in the brain, have improved levels of focus and concentration, reduced levels of stress and more will power.

Mindful meditation, when combined with cognitive behavioral therapy can thus be considered as an effective treatment for anxiety.

We have a number of one to one therapies here at the centre from Psychotherapy , HypnotherapyAcupuncture  to name but a few.

We also a number of classes that are a perfect introduction to meditation and mindfulness along with weekly Yoga,

For a full list of our weekly classes just follow HERE… 

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10 Reasons to incorporate more massage in your life

10 reasons to incorporate massage in your life.

When you think of massage, odds are you think of an hour of relaxation – a little “me” time. Massage certainly offers a great way to escape from the stresses of our everyday lives, but more and more studies are showing that regular massage gives you so much more: a range of emotional and physical benefits. Here are the top 10 reasons to incorporate more massage in your life.

  1. Massage reduces stress – A single massage can lower your heart rate, cortisol and insulin levels, all of which are tied to how stressed you feel.
  2. Massage helps you relax – Long after your massage is over, you will still benefit from a host of brain chemistry responses that encourage feelings of relaxation, lowered stress and improved mood.
  3. Massage improves posture – Massage helps your body to reinforce healthy and natural movements, which will help correct any posture problems you may have.
  4. Massage improves circulation – The pressure from massage moves oxygen-rich blood through the body to damaged, tense muscles so they can heal, while removing lactic acid and other metabolic waste.
  5. Massage lowers blood pressure – Studies have shown that massage can lower both diastolic and systolic blood pressure.
  6. Massage relaxes muscles – Sitting causes a lot of chronic back pain and massage can help with persistent pain by relaxing those tense muscles.
  7. Massage improves flexibility – Sedimentary lifestyles and age can make joints less flexible. Massage helps improve fluidity and range of motion in your joints and connective tissues.
  8. Massage helps you breathe better – Massage can relax muscles in the upper body, which, if they become too tight, can constrict breathing.
  9. Massage relieves headaches – Regular massage reduces your chance of developing a headache in the first place by relaxing muscle spasms and trigger points. Already have a headache? It can decrease the pain.
  10. Massage strengthens the immune system – Studies have shown that regular massage can improve your body’s overall immune functioning.

 

With all of these benefits, it’s no wonder today’s client is beginning to see massage as an integral part of their well-being journey. As we all re-examine our wellness choices, massage therapy is shedding the stereotype of being an occasional indulgence. Instead, it’s become a highly integral body maintenance experience that offers any number of health benefits when consistently incorporated with other total body care actions.

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Evening Meditation Class

Meditation Evening Classes.

Relax, Breath and Unwind in a very special way.
These Classes are designed to restore balance to the mind and body.
You will learn how to tap into, your vast internal resources. Through Hypno-mediations, self hypnosis, progressive relaxation, mindfulness, transcendental meditation and so much more.
Together they become a natural powerful tool, beneficial to one’s health, enabling benevolent and sustainable changes.
A profound state of rest: much deeper than ordinary relaxation, even deeper than sleep.
Inner happiness: clearly measurable through increase of happiness hormones.
Holistic brain development: measurable through EEG brain wave coherence measurements.
Thursday 16th of March from 8pm-9pm and run for 4 weeks.
Price: €100.00 for 6 classes
Maximum Number: 8
Please bring a blanket pillow and yoga mat along with you.

Ruth Allen Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapist and Fertility Coach
0861634460

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