Breathwork is the most powerful healing mechanism we have to calm the body and mind; and yet we rarely give it a second thought. It is the key to the movement and rhythm of life. The Breath is influenced by and affected by the changes in our thinking, feelings and thoughts which cause a change in the breathing process can result in poor breathing habits.
The western culture is so mentally orientated that the vast majority of us live in our heads‚ causing our energy to become trapped in the top half of our bodies; this results in over stimulation. Conversely, the lower half of the body becomes under stimulated resulting in an energetic imbalance which leads to a separation from ourselves.
Tuning into the breath confirms your life connection.It allows you to experience the inner shaping of the body by opening and closing with the breath. It allows you to process built up tension and stress, leaving you calmer and clearer in yourself.
For too long we have been led to believe that pushing the body to the limit is the best way to achieve results. However, there is a better way of treating the body, with gentleness through awareness. In this book on Vanda Scarvelli¬† it reveals the beauty of doing less to achieve more.
Baby Liv reminds us of the freedom of movement doing what babies do in the first year of their life. But all is not lost, these moves can be re-awaken to create flexibility and strength with a sense of adventure.
The Feldenkrais Method has been a closely kept secret that has been known to the few, which at last is gaining a wider audience. This method is about retraining the brain through body awareness movements that changes old habitual patterns that are the cause of acute and chronic pain.
A journalist from the New York Times has written an article explaining the benefits of the method which is suitable for any age, fitness level and state of well- being.
The Feldenkrais Method is on the verge of becoming mainstream, and about time too! This breath – movement technique is a uniquely practical way of releasing acute and chronic pain that realigns the body to improve physical and mental well-being. Charlotte Lytton’s recent article gives a taster of this remarkable method.