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Breathe in and relax: the benefits of deep breathing

Have you discovered the benefits of deep breathing

Take a nice deep breath in …. feel different?

Many people shallow breathe and are unaware that they are not using their lungs to their full potential. In fact, research has shown that there are many benefits to deep breathing

Bring your mind to the NOW. I bet that you will be breathing with your chest and shoulders rather than your diaphragm and abdominals.

You should be breathing with your abdominal muscles letting your tummy expand as you breathe in. You may think that a protruding tummy is not a great look and does your figure a disservice but it is the only way to breathe for health. 

It’s the norm to live a fast paced lifestyle nowadays. With so much on in our lives it can be easy to ignore how we carry out basic functions like breathing. Most people rarely give their breathing a second thought and may not even be aware of the benefits of deep breathing.

On the most basic level, breathing is an integral part of getting oxygen to every living cell in the body. Those who breathe shallow risk the build-up of CO2 in the body. This not only inhibits physical performance but also contributes to a host of broader health problems, including anxiety and fatigue. Deep breathing is critical for optimal detoxification.

Explore the benefits of deep breathing for yourself

You can change your breathing with practice. An easy way to practice is to lie on your back and place one hand on your chest and the other hand on your abdominal area.

Now take a long deep breath in and feel what are your hands doing? You should find that the hand on your abdomen will raise up whilst the hand on your chest doesn’t move or doesn’t rise up to such an extent. Keep practising and you will get there. Once you feel comfortable doing this, try doing the same thing whilst sitting and standing!

If you start with ten deep breaths a day it will soon become second nature and the best bit is that you have a wonderful health exercise to do every time you breath. Keep breathing well, exercising well, moving well, and eating well.

For more advice and guidance on the health issues you haven’t been caring for, consult a qualified and experienced chiropractor, such as a member of the team at Lushington Chiropractic in Eastbourne.


Discovering an all-new you through acupuncture

Could you be saying hello to an all-new you this year with the help of acupuncture?

January is always a good time of year to reflect on what has gone before, as well as setting a course for the New Year. For many people it is the time of year to focus on their health and look to effective treatments such as acupuncture.

It’s not unusual for people to succumb to seasonal bouts of coughs, colds and flus during these post-Christmas winter months. But why is it that some people are affected more or less than others?

For an acupuncture practitioner this is due, not solely, to the many germs and viruses around, but largely to the relative deficiency of one’s own vital energy or Qi. When one’s energy is low this can result in a weakened immune system, allowing colds and flus to flourish.

There are many factors that can deplete your energy and consequently weaken your overall health. These may include diet and nutrition, stress, lack of exercise, lifestyle, overworking and many external factors.

By tackling these issues it should be possible to increase one’s energy reserve and bring the body’s inner landscape into better balance. The result of this is typically a stronger immune system and an increased sense of wellbeing.

Acupuncture works on balancing and increasing this energy throughout the body and I find it interesting to note that people who receive regular acupuncture treatments suffer much less with colds and other minor illnesses.

So what else can we do to improve things as we start the New Year?

After the rich foods and revelry of December, January is the perfect time to take an interest in one’s diet and begin to choose healthier options – ones that bring us closer to vibrant health. Choosing an exercise that is stimulating and keeps you interested will also help to keep you going throughout the year.

Finding ways to lead a better work/life balance is vital and will enable you to avoid burning out and will enable you to enjoy more fully your leisure time. Stress and emotions are two huge factors that drain energy and are well worth considering.

Like all of the team members at Lushington Chiropractic, I believe in the importance of self-care, and I encourage clients to be aware and vigilant of the stresses and strains that impact on their daily lives. It is a well known fact that constant worry and anxiety have a dramatic effect on the body. They act like a leaky tap, constantly draining our vital energy. Understanding where and why this is happening will have an immediate effect. It is a topic that I am passionate about as an acupuncture practitioner, so expect some more blog articles on this in the near future.

Finally, there is one more way you can rev up your energy reserves. It is one which has had the most powerful and enduring effect on my own life and the one I now teach to many students in my classes around the local area. Tai Chi and Qigong are gentle, yet thorough, therapeutic exercise systems which have stood the test of time. They were specifically developed hundreds of years ago to not only work on the musculo-skeletal system but also to enhance the body’s natural energy reserves through specific movements, breathing techniques and internal awareness.

If you would like to find out more about how acupuncture could help you please drop the clinic a call or email, contact us via our Facebook page or come and have a chat with me at the clinic.

I hope that you have enjoyed reading this and look forward to your comments.

Have a great New Year