I’ve been fortunate as a therapist, working first with the arts/psychotherapy and now more body oriented as a Registered Massage Therapist/Craniosacral Therapist, that my occupation has guided me towards greater breath awareness. When I am beside a client the best way for me to feel centred and clear to work is to pay attention to my breath. By following my breath down to my belly I sense the definition of my boundaries and at the same time become more connected to my client, as conscious, calm breathing encourages a relaxed atmosphere for the person receiving in a session to be themselves. Breathing is a gateway to accessing feelings, and assists to clear feelings out of our bodies as the conscious breath creates a flow in the body. The relaxed breath can reduce anxiety.Daily conscious breathing retrains the nervous system to have a capactiy to hold a greater charge of energy. With gradual practice bringing on more oxygen in the body there is this increase in energy capacity. It is a natural approach to clear depression.
Here is an exercise you can try for 10 – 20 minutes, sitting or lying down. This exercise is wonderful for grounding and you can feel quite relaxed and expanded after doing this exercise. With your hands on your belly, gently fill your body with an inhalation. On the exhalations you will do a kegel, to then release the kegel and relax as you inhale. If you have done pilates or have been pregnant, kegels are probably known to you. If not, it is a contraction of your pelvic floor muscles. To do this pull up as if you are stopping yourself from peeing as you exhale. At any time you feel dizzy or uncomfortable, stop or modify with perhaps less kegels. Anyone with respiratory difficulties can check in with their doctor, or try some supervised breathing with a yoga therapist.
“What I feel is that you don’t change the infant, just like you don’t change the basic nature of the adult that you might repattern in a certain area. But you help them so that they can be more of what they can be”. B.B. Cohen