Slow Breathing and Breathing Meditations for Health

Last Modified on Jan 16, 2011

CONTINUUM MOVEMENT TECHNIQUES
There are literally hundreds of different breathing methods that one can employ to cure an ailment. All of them are quite useful. We hope however, that you will look into the work of Emile Conrad at Continuum Movement. Emile has taken breath work to a fascinating new level over the past 40 plus years. You've probably'never seen anything like it (trust us). This intense breathing and slow movement work is one of the most potent forms of healing we have encountered in our own 20 years of research and application.

If you have taken classes with Emile or one of her colleagues and worked with Continuum Movement techniques, please let us know what ailments the techniques have cured you of!


Buteyko Breathing

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YEA (2)
100%

[YEA]  11/13/2008: Tricia from Elmont, New York: "I just found this wonderful way to breath easier called The Buteyko breathing. Simply breath through the nose at all times without opening the mouth. By keeping the mouth closed you are reducing inflamation and keeping the nasal passage open. At night I tape my mouth shut with sticky tape and sleep that way all evening. When I wake up I have no fatigue and absolutely no phlegm. During the day I am completely awake and energetic without drinking coffee or other stimulants. I conserved all my energy at night. Another thing to remember to sleep on the left side and never on your back. Sleeping on your back the organs are compressed resulting in the mouth being thrown open and loosing all you carbon dioxide. Like all remedies one has to try it to realize the benefits. I am so pleased to have found this."

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12/27/2010: Mary Louise from Nevada City, Ca, Usa replies: "I have also found the tape on the mouth at night to be VERY helpful. I also need to sleep on an empty stomach - this helps control night time asthma. I often don't eat after 2 Pm (I just have breakfast and lunch)- I am also looking into the possibility of coconut oil curing asthma - because colds always make mine more serious."
12/28/2010: Tom from Regina, Sk replies: "It will cost only perhaps $5-$7 to try this idea. Perhaps it's been known for years in small circles, and the old from generations ago is once again new, but because of the inet this got out finally just last spring:


http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/sc-health-0512-pharm-20100512-11, 0, 4146905.story

Q A caller on your radio show said that using Crest desensitizing toothpaste instead of the usual brand had abolished his lifelong asthma symptoms. I went right out and bought some. This toothpaste contains potassium nitrate, an ingredient in asthma relievers in the days when the pharmacist used to compound medicines. I hope this toothpaste will work for me as well.

Or this example:
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2010/08/09/toothpaste-lets-her-cuddle-kitty/
I've been treating symptoms such as wheezing and itchy eyes with prescription medicines (including an inhaler, eye drops and Flonase). I started brushing my teeth with Crest toothpaste for sensitive teeth after hearing a caller on your radio show say it helped his asthma. Now my allergy symptoms have almost completely disappeared. I'm only using the Flonase because I KNOW I have a cat allergy! Why is this working?

But note that just because a toothpaste tube says "Sensitive" or some variant of the word, doesn't mean it's potassium nitrate inside! http://www.mynewsmile.com/dental/toothpaste_sensitive_teeth.htm
There are two formulations of toothpastes that treat sensitive teeth. Sensodyne was the original toothpaste for treating sensitive teeth, and its active ingredient was strontium chloride."
01/06/2011: Gaurav from Melbourne , Australia replies: "Try this for breathing- an avg human being takes 15 inhalations per minute try to cut this down to 10 and slowly to 8 and then 4.... It will calm your mind and make u live longer... Ancient yogic way of breathing.. :)"
[YEA]  01/16/2011: Sandyskorner from Graford, Texas Usa replies: "Regarding asthma, we as a family got rid of all respiratory ailments and migraines by eliminating all dairy products from our diet. Your body will stop producing mucus to protect itself and alot of your problems will be a bad memory. We also reduced our intake of sugar in any form which helped reduce the production of mucus also. Our health definitely improved in many areas. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose so give it a try. Your choice to make; hope it helps you!"
01/16/2011: Rxbach from Youngstown, Ny replies: "Eliminating all dairy products may not be necessary, and in fact may be unhelpful for a lot of people. It depends on whether a person who reacts to milk products is reacting to the milk sugar (lactose) or milk protein (casein). Far more people are lactose intolerant than casein intolerant.

However, there are good ways to get rid of lactose and still get the benefit of the protein and fat that milk/cream provides. One is: make your own yogurt; and DON'T use skim milk -- use at least whole milk and better yet, that mixed with 1/2 and 1/2 or straight 1/2 and 1/2. (That kind of fat content is NOT bad for you, despite what the conventional wisdom says. For really good, intensely researched information about fats, sugars and their effects on the body, read "Good Calories, Bad Calories" by Gary Taubes. And "Life Without Bread" is another good one. ) Make sure you start with plain, whole milk yogurt as the starter that has no additives, including no added probiotics like bifidus. If you have a gastrointestinal illness bifidus can and usually will colonize your gut, which it doesn't do in "normal" people, so you want to avoid it. Ferment your yogurt for a full 24 hours and all the lactose from the milk/cream will get consumed by the fermentation process. You're left with basically lactose-free natural yogurt that tastes phenomenal.

Secondly, you don't have to eliminate aged cheeses if you're lactose intolerant, as aged cheese (sharp cheddar, among quite a few others) also consumes the milk's lactose in the aging process. Thirdly, butter contains no lactose as it's pretty much entirely fat -- and a healthy fat, again contrary what you often hear from a lot of sources about fats. If you're very sensitive and think it might bother you, clarify it (melt and skim off any residue) and turn it into ghee.

I wholly agree with eliminating sugars from the diet in order to be healthy and to fight disease -- many diseases, actually, not just gastrointestinal ones. I would eliminate starches too (that means grains, including corn and rice). That sounds draconian, but if you have digestive problems that's a must. And you can still eat very, VERY well and very healthily on a diet of meat, eggs, fruits, vegetables, nuts, yogurt and aged cheese.

If you have Crohn's or colitis (I've had Crohn's for 30 years), the best thing going is the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (which implements the kind of stuff I've been saying), supplemented with LDN (a no-side-effects generic drug -- low-dose naltrexone -- that will help your body regulate its immune system). It works! I've been on the SCD and LDN for two years, as have many hundreds of people I'm on an Internet list with, and most of us have never felt better. Ever. I might also add that the diet and LDN virtually eliminated my asthma, allergies and joint pain."


Do as One Website

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YEA (1)
100%

[YEA]  01/21/2008: PJ from detroit, mich: "You might want to check out a site called http://doasone.com it has different breathing techniques that you can follow along with."

EC: Interesting concept!


Nose Breathing

Approval Ratings
YEA (2)
100%

[YEA]  02/24/2010: Matt from Millbrook, Ny: "I can certainly testify to the benefits of nasal breathing. There are MANY reported benefits, I urge everyone to try it if they don't already. search "nose breathing" on Google, Yahoo!, etc... Even wikipedia's page seems to agree."


[YEA]  09/29/2007: Victoria Shepard from Santa Barbara, CA: "Nose breathing reduced my asthma-like symptoms considerably. About 8 years ago I was diagnosed with allergy related asthma. I ignored the symptoms for about 6 years as they were mild. They worsened, and I had to use an inhaler every day to control the coughing. This year, I noticed that when I laughed, sang, yelled or became stressed, talked too much (I am a teacher), I would cough. I knew my doctor would just give me more asthma drugs, so I began to research alternative treatments on the internet. I came up with the Buyteko program which requires an hour a day of breathing exercises and changing to nose breathing from mouth breathing. As I do not have an hour a day to practice specialized breathing exercises, I utilized what I could: In June of this year (2007), I became a nose breather. It was tricky at first. I had to learn to shorten my sentences and inhale only through my nose. I naturally exhale through my mouth slowly as I speak. This is okay. No deep breathes in or out through the mouth. No deep breathes in through the nose either. To prevent mouth breathing at night, in accordance with the Buyteko program, I tape my mouth with cheap masking tape. It took 3 months, but I have no asthma-like symptoms. I can laugh, shout, get excited or stresed and sing.

It has been over a months since I have used an inhaler. "


Slow Breathing

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YEA (1)
100%

[YEA]  05/06/2007: David from Estepona, Spain: "Slow breathing is not quite a remedy but it is definitely a natural method and I'm surprised it's not yet on your site. It has completely solved my hypertension problem and it's also ideal for relaxation, stress and anxiety relief and much more. You can even use it for panic attacks. I use a method of slow breathing combined with music that is so relaxing and enjoyable."

Replies
07/18/2008: Dan from Makham, Canada replies: "Most people do not breath more than 16 breaths per minute. Now the oxygen was 20percent 50 years ago, it was 60 percent now is now 16 percent.so you should learn how to breathe properly. When you exhale deeply contracting your belly slowly as you expand the abdomen, continue inhaling as you expand the chest,continue inhaling as you raise you shoulders up towards your ears. Exhale in the reverse pattern slowly. Release shoulders, relax chest, contract the belly repeat. Beginners should only do it 2or 3 times. Cancer cannot survive in the presence of oxygen and it relieves stress and is a healthy thing to do."


Yoga Breath to Lower High Blood Pressure

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)
100%

[YEA]  03/28/2008: Bill from Gilmanton, NH: "I read about a machine that you can pay a lot if money for, which helps lower your blood pressure by a breathing technique. I learned this Yoga breathing technique which does the same thing. Breath in, (through nose) half way..12345, hold...12345, breath in rest of way...12345, hold..1-5, Breath out half way through lips, 1-5, hold...1-5, finish emptying lungs as slowly as possible through pursed lips. Do 8 rounds of this. 8 is the Chinese lucky number. It is also the symbol for infinity when turned sideways. The object is to take longer on the exhale than on the inhale. I find that I can lower my BP quite a bit with this method."

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08/01/2008: Steven from Redwood City, CA replies: "I am using this breathing technique (thank you for sharing!) and find it to be relaxing. My question is: how much is "quite a bit" when you say you lowered your blood pressure using this technique?

Thank you,
Steven"








 



 

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