WE SHOULD BE BREATHING BETTER

Mon 2/16/15:
If you have shortness of breath, fatigue easily just going for a short walk, or have back pain…practice DECOMPRESSION BREATHING.
Most adults spend the day doing very shallow breathing. I know, it’s something we just do not think about. Now, that I have brought it to your attention…
Oxygen, is the most healing element available. All of us have access to it, yet we do not make the most of it. Oxygen heals!
Oxygen heals injured tissue, oxygen goes to every cell in our body in order to replenish, so those cells can do their respective jobs. Oxygen, helps us deal with stressful situations. Oxygen helps our immune system fight bad bacteria in our body. Oxygen just makes us feel better. Just going outside and taking a big deep breath “feels good”!
Why don’t we spend more time breathing better? I guess the same reason we don’t exercise or eat a better diet…we just don’t.
Let’s see if we can change that starting today.

DECOMPRESSION BREATHING

Stand nice and tall…weight back over the heels, navel gently pulled back towards the spine, shoulder blades gently pulled down and together with the chest opened up, chin tucked to chest(to elongate the neck).

Breathe in thru the nose raising the ribcage…as you let the air out thru the mouth try to maintain the elevation of the ribcage. Try it again.

Get into posture…weight over heels, navel gently in, open chest with shoulder blades down and together, chin tucked towards chest….
Breathe in thru the nose, elevating chest and keeping the posture…let the air out thru the mouth while maintaining the ribcage elevation and the posture.

This exercise will take practice…lots of practice…and you will be greatly rewarded with the benefits oxygen provide.

Please visit you tube or Foundation Training.com to see video’s of decompression breathing and other exercise.

Learn to master this technique. It comes in handy when back muscles tighten up, kids get on your nerves, you have a deadline to meet or you just need to take a 5 minute break and regroup.

SELF MYO-FASCIAL RELEASE TECHNIQUES

Thur 1/29/15:
A new element I am adding for a lot of my clients is self myo- fascial release.
I have used the foam roller and tennis ball for years on myself. These techniques will help to let a “tight ball” of fascia/muscle let go. What I am going to start doing differently is adding this technique daily maybe preventing the knots from forming.
I found a really nice guide on the Internet so I will be sharing some of the techniques from the guide a little at a time.
If you have sore tight muscles, adhesions, maybe some scar tissue from an old injury/surgery try self myo-fascial release. It will help release the tension, prepare you for exercise and help prevent injury.
Here are a few general rules to follow:
Roll on the foam roller/ball until you feel a “trigger point” or “hot spot.” You’ll know you found one when it hurts. When you find a trigger point, stop and just rest on the foam roller for 10 to 20 seconds. Contrary to popular belief, it’s the pressure, not the rolling, that smooths fascia.
Avoid applying pressure on bones and joints. Just muscle.
I like to start with the feet and the calves. Our feet work hard all day trapped in shoes and carrying us around.. You can use a golf ball, tennis ball or lacrosse ball. The feet have all kinds of nerves that are attached to other parts of the body. So, start taking better care of your feet.

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You can use a lacrosse ball for this exercise. 1. Start at ball of your foot. 2. Roll to your heel, stopping and applying pressure on any trigger points you find along the way. Don’t forget to get the insides and outsides of your feet.

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Put one leg on top of the foam roller with your other leg crossed on top. Roll up and down your inner-calf to find your hot spots. When you find a hot spot, stop and lift your butt off the ground with your hands to apply more pressure on your leg. In addition to applying steady pressure on your trigger points, you can also rock side-to-side on them.