Breathing for Relaxation

Breathing is fundamental to living and its our most natural instinct. But to breath deeply, slowly and smoothly is almost and art that brings enormous benefits to our mental state and wellbeing.

So if we cannot breath properly it can be difficult to release stress and fully relax. To breath deeply oxygenates the blood and allows a full range of expression and a clearer head.

So when we are not calm we tend to hyperventilate causing too much carbon dioxide to leave the blood stream and this can cause all sorts of physical and psychological symptoms such as dizziness and panic attacks. In a panicked state we breath more quickly.

It may really be stating the obvious, but air is such an essential element to being human and to make the most of breathing by breathing deeply and evenly can be essential to bring a sense of calm and being able to relax the mind.

There are 2 types of breathing. Shallow, or costal, breathing where the air enters the upper chest and upper lungs and abdominal, or diaphragmatic, breathing where the diaphragm contracts and air enter the lower lungs.

Costal breathing can be a natural response to stress. When we learn to manage our breathing and make sure we are abdominal breathing we can bring calm and clarity to mind and body.

We can use visualisations such as this one to learn to breath fully and deeply.

Breathing slowly and deliberately imagine every deep breath inwards that your entire body is calm centred and beginning to unwind. By closing your eyelids and resting your eyes deep relaxation flows over your entire body. Each breath is  releasing and letting go of tension through out your body. Where there is tensions direct your breath and feel release and lightness and pleasure. As cool clean air reaches your diaphragm your body begins to open up to the feeling of relation.

As you breath deeply imagine a cool green colour deeply penetrating your throat entering your lungs and soothing your heart. As your continue to breath slowly and deliberately this beautiful green energy is wrapping around and soothing each vertebra of your spine and opening your pelvis. The  connection of your throat and pelvis allows freedom of breath and relaxation.

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Case Study – Frozen Shoulder

Case Study – Frozen Shoulder

 

I have a client aged 53 who presented approximately 8 weeks ago diagnosed with Frozen Shoulder left side. At the time he had roughly 15% range of movement in his left shoulder going straight up from his hip and both forwards and backwards. His pain levels were high relying on endone from 4pm to sleep.

He has previously broken his right hip, and calcaneus as well as 3 broken ribs in a fall from a ladder approximately 3 years ago. He has disc problems in his lower back and a tear to his right subscapularis both long standing injuries.

Visually comparing his shoulders his right was sitting as normal while his left was lower and wider and his muscles were no longer hugging the glenohumeral joint but loose and weak.

He is an ideal client in many ways, happy to come weekly and determined to increase his range of movement (ROM) and reduce pain. We used Kinesiology and these are the goal statements we used for each of the first 6 weeks.

Week 1 – My muscular system and shoulders function free of dysfunction.

Week 2 – I have freedom of movement in my left rotator cuff.

Week3 – My shoulder muscles work in harmony. I am able to extend my arm over my head.

Week 4 – I increase my range of movement(ROM) and my body functions free of pain.

Week5 – I build strength and ROM in my left arm.

Week 6 –  I am easily able to do tasks that require exterior rotation of my shoulder without pain.

Kinesiology is a form of biofeedback muscle testing where you follow a succession of protocols, for example frozen shoulder massage, gaits, diet recommendations, essential oils or many other options depending on the skills and knowledge of the therapist, to gain health benefits. Kinesiology is aimed at strengthening the body’s ability to heal. So, I’m aiming at achieving congruency with the goal statement to align emotional and physical wellbeing.

In the six weeks since we started his ROM is sitting around 80 % and both his shoulder are sitting symmetrical.  He is more than impressed to be able to wash is hair with both hands and is able to place both hands behind his back. He has been endone free since week 4 and making steady progress towards having full ROM and freedom in his shoulder region.

Published with permission of client.

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Rotator Cuff

Rotator Cuff

When we talk about the Rotator Cuff in relation to shoulder function we are basically describing four muscles which stabilise the shoulder joint (Glenohumeral Joint) or in other words the 4 muscles which hold the arm into the shoulder joint.

In Kinesiology certain muscles fall into different meridians groups as in Chinese Medicine.  The Rotator Cuff muscles are Supraspinatus (Central Meridian), Infraspinatus (Triple Warmer) Teres Minor (Triple Warmer) and Subscapularis (Heart Meridian).

So looking at the Supraspinatus and the Central Meridian. The Central Meridian is linked to clear energy flow upwards towards the brain. So when the Supraspinatus Muscle is working effectively you have clear thinking and able to make good decisions. Emotional upsets and stress can interrupt the flow restrict clear thinking and eventually damage the Supraspinatus.

Infraspinatus and Teres minor are muscles which both relate to the Triple Warmer Meridian so any dysfunction can be an indicator for Thymus and Thyroid function. These 2 Meridians are often associated with hyperactivity , fight and flight as well as weight gain. Infraspinatus can be further stressed by heavy metal poisoning. Weakness can show up also in the elbows and wrists. Both muscles respond well to iodine rich foods such as fish and seaweed.

The Subscapularis is under the shoulder blade (almost hidden) and associated with the Heart Meridian. If you look metaphorically at the Subscapularis muscle it about what is being hidden. The emotions of love, hate and compassion all fall under the heart meridian. Do your head and heart always communicate?

So these 4 small muscles and tendons basically provide support to the joint itself. So injury or overuse can cause pain reduced range of movement and a variety of painful conditions including frozen shoulder, bursae, and shoulder impingement.

So if you look at the shoulder more generally some larger muscles such as Deltoids , Traps and Pecs, Rhomboids  can all effect should movement but the Rotator Cuff allows the movement to be smooth, stable and supported.

For Kinesiology or Remedial Massage.

Mind Body Integration  33 Fourth St , South Littleton 0448513171

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Pec Major Sternal

All three Pecs Muscles, Pec Major Sternal (PMS), Pec Major Clavicular (PMC) and, Pectoralis Minor are very interesting but the Pec Major Sternal (PMS) in particular seems to go weak for a lot for people and some of that maybe caused by lifestyle factors.

So the pectoralis major muscle is divided into Pec clavicular (PMC) which lies on stomach meridian and Pec Major Sternal (PMS) which is one of the of the main liver meridian muscles.

There is also the pec minor which is deeper still and has nerves running to the arm and can get congested if lymphatics are not flowing smoothly in the area. Is a breathing muscle and associated with the lung meridian.

Functionally the pec major sternal moves the arm inwards and draws arm and shoulder forward. If too contracted it will cause the shoulders to roll too far forward.

If PMS is weak or not working effectively some of the problems that can be experienced are headaches, sensitivity to light, immune problems , liver conditions,  or glaucoma.

Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM) works from a deeper understanding of human experience than does a more western approach. In TCM the PMS works in the liver meridian related muscle group. From the TCM approach the liver meridian is related to growth, flexibility and adaptability.  Bringing in a feeling of confidence and being understood and included can strengthen the liver meridian.

Lifestyle has a big part to play.  Fried, sweet foods, caffeine and carbonated drinks can all have a negative effect on the PMS. And if you are waking constantly of a night time between 1am and 3pm take a good look at your diet particularly of a night time to ensure you are digesting food and adapting to the days challenges. Or your liver meridian can have you up thinking about it.

Foods that will strengthen the PMS are green leafy vegies, parsley, vitamin A and rose hip tea.

To help your PMS to function more effectivly Kinesiology is a good option. Mind Body Integration, 33 Fourth St South Littleton. 0448513171

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About Me

My name is Amanda Spargo I am a Remedial Massage Therapist, Kinesiologist, and Artist working from my gorgeous home in Lithgow on the outskirts of the beautiful Blue Mountains.

I am Passionate about health, healing and creativeness in in all aspects of my business. Since 2005 when I qualified as a Remedial Massage Therapist I have been actively learning and discovering new ways to advance my healing skills. I am fascinated by the process of Kinesiloogy and believe there is so much more to health and living a healthy life that can not be accessed through any other means. I find Kinesiology a valuable tool to uncover the innate healing available to us.

This same wonder draws me into the world of art and colour. The main style I use in art is Expressionism and the media I use vary from Resin, Acrylic and Mosaic . I am drawn to vibrant colours and if I can make something shiny, glowing or transparent this adds extra interest to the piece.

My clinic is located 33 Fourth St, South Littleton it is surrounded by bush land and filled with beautiful art.

Book in for Remedial Massasge or Kinesiology while your there take a look at the unique art works by myself and my talented daughter Beth Flynn.

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Wellness when it Matters

What can you do to optimise your health into the future?

How can you deal with stress now and prevent it from escalating into health problems?

How can looking after your own needs make sure you are physically and emotionally available to those you love in the present but also into the future?

 

There are many reasons we don’t seek out the benefits of preventive health until someday something goes wrong.

I offer some really good options for someone wishing to take care of themselves and optimise their health in Remedial Massage, Reflexology, Lymphatic Drainage Massage , and Kinesiology.  All of these modalities when maintained and enjoyed will have you feeling better and on a path towards greater personal power and happiness.

Remedial Massage can reduce muscle tension, reduce stress hormones , improve joint mobility improve the recovery of soft tissue injuries. Remedial massage can helpful for those suffering with insomnia,  migraines, arthritis and other acute and chronic painful conditions . Overall just maintaining healthy muscle tone is good for posture and vitality as we age.

Kinesiology is a holistic therapy that uses muscle testing to identity physical, chemical, nutritional and emotional imbalances in the body and treats the body as a whole. Kinesiology can help with overcoming emotional , physical or mental stress, help with releasing fears and phobias, addictions, overcoming past trauma, enhanced learning abilities identifying where nutrition can help balance muscle tone.

Amanda Spargo  Mind Body Integration

33 Fourth St South Littleton

0448513171

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Preventive Health

 

What can you do to optimise your health into the future?

How can you deal with stress now and prevent it from escalating into health problems?

How can looking after your own needs make sure you are physically and emotionally available to those you love in the present but also into the future?

 

There are many reasons we don’t seek out the benefits of preventive health until someday something goes wrong.

I offer some really good options for someone wishing to take care of themselves and optimise their health in Remedial Massage, Reflexology, Lymphatic Drainage Massage , and Kinesiology.  All of these modalities when maintained and enjoyed will have you feeling better and on a path towards greater personal power and happiness.

Remedial Massage can reduce muscle tension, reduce stress hormones , improve joint mobility improve the recovery of soft tissue injuries. Remedial massage can helpful for those suffering with insomnia,  migraines, arthritis and other acute and chronic painful conditions . Overall just maintaining healthy muscle tone is good for posture and vitality as we age.

Kinesiology is a holistic therapy that uses muscle testing to identity physical, chemical, nutritional and emotional imbalances in the body and treats the body as a whole. Kinesiology can help with overcoming emotional , physical or mental stress, help with releasing fears and phobias, addictions, overcoming past trauma, enhanced learning abilities identifying where nutrition can help balance muscle tone.

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