WHAT IS DECOMPRESSION(BREATHING)?

Sat Jan 23, 2016

Decompression is the act or process of relieving pressure from a compression.  In diving, diver’s decompress upon returning from very deep waters.  Astronauts, spend time decompressing upon return from space in order to adjust to our normal atmospheric pressure.  Surgeons can do procedures to relieve spinal compressions.  

The fact is, when there is pressure on the spine…it needs to be relieved.  I can not speak about diving or space, but I can speak about everyday life  and the pressure we put on our spines…and how we can do our own decompression through breathing.

We all breathe everyday in order to live.  That’s a good thing!  The bad part about this is…most all of us breath very shallow.  We don’t really get our diaphragm, pelvic floor or the muscles around our rib cage involved.  No one really thinks about that.  Why would we?  After all breathing is just something that happens naturally…right?

The act of DECOMPRESSING is: ability to expand, recover, restore.

In breathing…If we all would consciously take just a few minutes a day and practice breathing better…we could expand, recover, and restore a lot of function in our bodies.  

DECOMPRESSION BREATHING: Will help us expand musculature around the spine, ribs, abdomen, pelvic floor…lifting, expanding, strengthen…this is the ultimate core work.  

DECOMPRESSION BREATHING: Will help athletes recover much faster.  For the everyday person who avoids the stairs because it takes your breath away…learn how to practice decompression breathing… Joggers, runners, weekend warriors…you will get better at everything by learning how to breathe better.

DECOMPRESSION BREATHING: Will help us recover quicker from injury, muscle aches and pains.  There are even articles out now how better breathing can help with neuro muscular disorders like MS, Parkinson’s and others.  Breathing bigger, deeper, wider pulls in more oxygen!  Feeding the lungs, the brain, and soft tissue is a good thing!  Oxygen heals, it helps us relax…blood pressure gets better, the heart won’t over work.  Oxygen helps everything!

If you are overweight, over stressed, have poor posture, poor balance, poor movement….even a poor attitude in general, but especially about your body…

DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT!

Learn how to do DECOMPRESSION BREATHING!  

If you want to really make a change…start with your breathing!  It’s something all of us do…everyday…all day long!  Why not make our breathing more useful…

Contact me with any questions and or to get set up!

Have a great day!


INGREDIENTS FOR A HEALTHY LIFE

Tue 8/18/15

There are three things we have to have in order to be healthy: Air, food, and water. Together, air, food and water give us life. It is air that feeds us oxygen which keeps all our cells alive. It is food that feeds us nutrients which keeps all our cells alive. It is water that keeps us hydrated, which keeps all our cells alive. Without these three things, we are toast, dried up on a path of destruction.

As essential as air, water and food are, our bodies still need one thing that may be just as essential: Movement!  Our movement and the movement of others around us also brings nourishment to our bodies. In fact, the movements we make and the movements we receive can nourish our brains just like the nutrients from food does. Without movement, without information generated from movement that feeds the brain, the brain will become malnourished and starve. If the brain begins to starve and deteriorate, the body will also lose its resiliency and it, too, will break down.

In order to move their must be communication between our brain and our muscles.  Feed the brain well…feed the body well.  Breathe deeply and often…oxygen feeds cells!  Move deeply and often…movement feeds our soul!  

The world we live in today can be harsh.  Hard work, long days, stress…

Life is life…

It is our responsibility to make the most of our lives.  Make a healthy life a priority.  Eat well…plants, veggies, fresh fruit….daily.  Move often!  Humans are made to move…get up and and do it!  Stand up at your desk, walk down the hall, walk around the building after lunch.  Make yourself do this.  

I am signing off now…time for my walk before I head to the gym and the office.  Let’s have a good day!

BREATHING IS EXERCISE

Mon March 23, 2015

Breathing is something we all take for granted.  We never give breathing a second thought… Hopefully, after reading this everyone will look at breathing differently and really start working on making the way you breathe work better for you.

Oxygen is needed in our bodies to help repair tissue and keep our cells healthy so they may do their various jobs.  Therefore, the more oxygen we can bring into our bodies the healthier we can be.

There are varying breathing techniques out there.  I prefer DECOMPRESSION BREATHING.  TThis technique is simple to learn yet take some practice to master.  This is a very muscular form of deep breathing.  A lot of back muscles will awake…core muscles are firing…and the lungs and diaphragm will learn to pull in larger amounts of healing oxygen…sending it thru the blood stream into tissue and the cells.  

Start by relaxing the body(I prefer to stand).  Center your body ove your heels, retract the shoulder blades which opens the chest area and gentle draw the navel towards the back of your spine.  Breathe in thru your nose raising the ribcage and maintaing your posture.  Do this a few times feeling the ribcage rise, the tension in the abdominal area and the muscles in your back.  

Once you are comfortable with that lets take it up a notch.

Get into posture, breathe in thru the nose lifting the ribcage and drawing navel back towards the spine.  Now, as you go to exhale maintain the lifting and pulling in.   FEEL THAT!  The muscles attached to that ribcage are really working to lift and stay up while you exhale…you should feel tension.  The better you get at this the tension will subside.  The muscles in the abdomen are really working as the pull in and stay there while you breathe out.  Again, you will feel some tension in the body.  The lungs and diaphragm are really working trying to pull in more and more air with each breath.  The diaphragm works with the core muscles while breathing…this is how we were breathing as a baby.

Practice DECOMPRESSION BREATHING!  

You will breathe easier, lengthing you spine, have stronger back/core muscles, bring more healing oxygen into your lungs, blood stream, tissue and cells.  You will decrease tension in the musculature and you will just plain feel better.

Have a great day!

MOVEMENT MATTERS,

STEVEY

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.

DECOMPRESSION BREATHING

Tue 9/9/14:
Today…start making the small changes necessary to improve your body.
Today…every 30 minutes stand up from your desk and take big decompression breaths.

Decompression Breathing… Get into posture…weight back toward the heels…stand tall…head up with chin slightly tucked down and back.
Breathe in deeply raising the chest and pulling navel back. Let the air out training to keep the chest up and navel in. Keep repeating! Keep raising and expanding the chest and tightening that core with every breath.

Decompression Breathing works…it takes practice to get better! Once you get it…this one exercise will do so much healing!!!! Is the small things that matter…

Contact me to learn decompression breathing or anything FOUNDATION TRAINING!

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DECOMPRESSION BREATHING

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I would like to talk about this young 70 year old woman who is also a 12 year lung cancer survivor and basically breathes with one lung now. She also, has some arthritis in her knee.
Her son, who is also a Foundation Training teacher taught her some of the basics. As, you can see in the picture she is in some well balanced…strength building positions with very nice posture and head placement.
Even better than that Shane taught her the decompression breathing we use in FT. Her breathing measurements have gone from 1700 to 2200! How AWESOME is that! When I read the post from Shane about his mother I just thought she was so inspiring. She is blessed to have beaten lung cancer and she is inspiring by fighting to improve herself.
I practice decompression breathing daily. Decompression breathing will help to lengthen your spine and traction the adductors downward…which puts you in a decompressed traction. Decompression breathing will help manage disc inflammation and herniation pain. Decompression breathing will help increase oxygen intake and expand the lungs. Decompresses the spine by breathing and will create a little spacing in the disc areas to help decrease pain.
I can remember learning decompression breathing at my certification and thought it was rather difficult. I stuck to it and practiced…it does take practice to get thru the uncomfortable parts then to get better. I do this every morning when I take my dog out. She does her thing and I get into posture and decompress and breathe in large amounts of oxygen! Our cells, muscles and lungs need these large amounts of oxygen…oxygen is healing!
If you are a healthy person or a healthy athlete incorporate decompression breathing into your training. You will improve performance and help prevent injury. If you are an everyday average joe…incorporate decompression breathing and see if it makes you feel better…bet it does. If you are battling aging, medical conditions, depression or anything else that has you unmotivated…try decompression breathing! It is part of Foundation Training and everything about Foundation Training works.
FOUNDATION TRAINING IS MEDICINE!
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Have a great day!