Brilliant Breathing Exercises

 

Me B reathing it large

Brilliant Breathing as the Yogi once said, “Perfect breathing perfect health”.

 

Introduction

Perhaps the most important and most under looked tool for better health and mind is better BREATHING.

An early mentor and trainer of mine Miss Mandy Langford would always say “Chris become a detective.” (I think of Colombo) when working with a client. Look for the clues they are giving you, the language patterns, posture, breathing, what they are wearing and skin colour etc. Of course, I learnt to do this, but only to a degree.

I worked on myself TFT, EFT, EMDR, COUNSELLING, HYPNOTHERAPY, BOWEN, ROLFING, FELDENKRAIS and NLP. You name it, I did it! And yes, everything helped, particularly the body work of Bowen and Rolfing when it came to my Asthma. Great, but they started something and I needed further help, something I could do for myself. I found solace in FELDENKRAIS BREATHING.

Then I discovered breathing exercises that were simply the best of the best and my breathing improved by miles. I had done an A TO Z of therapies for my asthma and missed the bloody obvious. Mandy would have laughed at me on this one and just like Colombo can spot the differences in others, he was not so good with himself (hung-over, in trouble with his wife and needing loads of coffee).

Well now, being a detective and having done my breathing training I noticed that the common denominator in all stressed, anxious and emotionally charged people was poor and dysfunctional breathing. I can identify it over the telephone and in people passing by in the street.

I recently worked with a group of 6 people who were under psychiatric care. I was given access to them on the hush and each of them had severe anxiety having been under care for between ten and twenty years each. Because of protocols I was only permitted to do breath work. I had them do a series of breathing exercises (I taught them over the phone individually) for just over three weeks. At the end of this time five of them reported no anxiety and their emotional/depression problems had improved tremendously although they had not gone completely. The sixth had their anxiety decreased by at least 70%. They all had been on very high medications.

The incredible thing in all of this was that four of them had been smokers and given up during this time and a fifth smoker had reduced from thirty a day to one every three days!

UNDERSTAND- Breath work is crucial in resolving stress, anxiety and emotional disturbance work like depression and post traumatic stress disorder.

I now teach breath work to almost everybody I work with unless I’m doing a one off session. The results always amaze me as they do the clients. In my trainings, the parts students tend to enjoy and benefit from the most is the breath work.

Early Yogis, Tibetan Masters and Shamanic Healers around the globe have used similar statements, “Perfect Breath, Perfect Health.” I am beginning to believe that this is the most obvious and perhaps the most important change we can make in our lives. Commit yourself to these exercises each day for four weeks and you will be thanking me for the rest of the year, commit yourself for the year and you will be thanking God or the universe for the rest of your life.

POOR BREATHING

Do you remember as a child when your guardian, parent or even strict teacher entered the room to tell you off and your internal voice said “Oh no,” and you gasped a quick breath and held it? Well guess what, you have got used to doing that! It is the equivalent of stepping out in front of a bus and saying “Oh S – – T,” gasping into the mid chest area and jumping out of the way.

Yes, it can be useful however it alerts the brain chemistry to fire up adrenaline and to send it to the heart to pump blood to your arms and legs; the well known fight or flight response. It saves lives but it can, in the long term, kill us through stress, stress that will inevitably lead to anxiety which leads to depression.

When we are overworked or overwhelmed or ready for an exam or learning something new, we hold our breath, we breathe into the mid chest area and we fire up our fight or flight response. This is SNS (sympathetic nervous system) breathing. The sympathetic nervous system runs fight or flight. It saves lives, a fantastic tool, but we practice it too much in 21st century living. Now the PNS (aka parasympathetic nervous system) deals with healing, relaxation, digestion, deep sleep, and also breathing. We need a balance and to move forward to PNS breathing. Throughout our lives through habitual patterns, trauma, relationship breaks, overworking, general stress, fears and phobias our breath reflexes become SNS dominant. This manual will show you how to redress the SNS dominance.

More poor breathing

Of course there are other factors and many other systems in the body that affect breathing. We will look at a few in this manual and we will guide you where to go for further help too.

Ideally our out-breath should be a little over twice as long as our in-breath. Ideally we should breathe about four times a minute give or take and even less if you have great breathing. Our inhale should be deep down into the lower abdomen and it should feel like a skater on ice, not a series of steps or events.
Exhaling Test
While resting, slowly exhale your breath fully and hold out while counting per seconds (time yourself with a watch). Hold out until it would be uncomfortable to hold any longer and then inhale. What count did you get up to? Ideally 70 seconds is good if you have great breath.

Hands-on-belly Test
Place one hand above your belly button and the other below. Breathe normally. Notice where your breath goes. Some will be lucky and it will go below the belly button. If so, does your tummy expand down towards your legs as well as to the sides and outwards? If not, further work is necessary. Does your breath reach your upper hand? If so, you have dysfunctional breathing. Does your breath only go as far as your chest or very top of tummy? Well, you need more work.
BREATH AND HEALTH

John Grinder (co creator of NLP) taught me that disease has a state in which it survives. John would often work with Parkinsons disease and cancers and would eliminate all symptoms of the illness by regressing the client to physical and mental body mind states that existed before they were unwell. In very clever New Code NLP games he showed us and taught us how this was possible. Many people have said to me over the years, “I can fix someone’s problem, but it comes back” or it does not hold, or they cannot fix the person’s problem at all.

Well thanks to Mandy and John and all my favourite gurus and mentors it has become obvious why. With Thought Field Therapy (TFT) we are working with meridians and we solve the causal affect in the meridian system and the person is better, sometimes for good. But when they are not, it is because another system is affected. Emotions are released from the body through Bowen, Rolfing, Deep Tissue Massage, Shiatsu, etc. The fascia are softened and worked through. The muscles are worked through. The meridians are worked through and structural holding patterns change. Through breath work we change the way we breathe emotionally: shallow breathing, holding breath, not breathing in at all, tight anxious breathing over-breathing and panic attacks. Toxins in our body are linked to traumas. Detoxing people often find themselves emotional, craving addictive substances, etc. Of course our energy patterns and chakras and aura may need attention, too, balancing, cleaning, opening, etc. All of these systems or any combination of these systems may need working through, as well as Mind Programmes and Belief Patterns to make a lasting change and to make a change where change has not happened. While all of these systems affect each other dramatically, breathing properly in my opinion is the common denomination that is perhaps the most overlooked in most people.

Qigong, Yoga, Tai Chi, Martial Arts, Energy Gurus and the like talk of breath as Prana Life Force Energy. We breathe in good vital energy that feeds our organs and all of our systems, oxygenating the blood and killing anaerobic bacteria viruses and oxidizing toxins as well as a host more. We exhale carbon dioxide (which is acidic) and exhale unwanted and stuck energies. A full breath in allows our brain to scan the body and a full breath out allows those messages to be noted.

Signs and Symptoms of Poor Breathing
Addictions
wanting extra breath
allergies
high altitude breathing difficulties
anxiety of any kind
chronic fears
chronic emotion
apathy
sleep apnea
attention problems
back pain (mid or lower back)
bluish lips or nails
digestive problems
blood sugar swings
when deep breathing, neck muscles bulge in collar area (check in mirror)
breathing feels like a series of steps rather than one continual flow breathing feels stuck
breathing is laboured or tight
shallow breathing
can’t meditate or relax
can’t walk and talk
cold hands with sweaty palms
chronic pain
cold air bothers breathing
confrontations make person’s voice pitch rise
confusion
loss of general awareness
fatigue
constipation
lower abdomen cramps
sternum or side stitches
depression
poor digestion
giddy when overexcited or anxious
mouth dry
fall asleep watching tv or reading
bump below breastbone on deep breath
suffocating feelings
finishing off other people’s sentences for them
drowsy driving
night time teeth grinding
headaches
heart conditions
heavy breathing
blood pressure problems
abuse or trauma
hot flashes
hyperventilation
hypocapnia (too small an exhale, overdosing on CO2)
hypoglycaemia
irregular heartbeats
deformed rib cage
jaw tension
jet lag bad
lump in throat
nightmares
weight problems
shifting weight from side to side while standing
panic attacks
quiet voice
phobic
bad sleep patterns
pulsing or stabbing around the ribs
heightened sensitivity to pain
self esteem issues
rounded shoulders
yawning and sighing a lot
poor singing
snoring
feeling band of tension across chest
breathing problems like asthma or emphysemia
sunken chest
tight stomach
tight neck
swallowing difficulties
eye tension
excessive and or negative thought patterns
Type A personality
stomach abs like a six pack

These are some. There are 136 groups of signs and symptoms in my breathing training. These symptons and signs do occur when there are other problems, so if you are unsure check with your health care practitioner.

People with dysfunctional breathing have poorer oxygen levels, this happens as most people do not breathe out fully and are not ridding themselves of the correct exchange of carbon dioxide. Thus even if they were to breathe in fully, which most people do not, they would get just a fraction of oxygen needed as the exchange is all important. People with poor oxygen levels have poorer brain functioning, weakened celluar strength, deteriorated detoxifying and immune systems, strained nervous systems, poorer digestion and therefore absorption of nutrients, less healing and brain scanning capabilities, and they get sick more often or stay sick longer. Perfect Breathing means Perfect Health (when eating and drinking sensibly and when other lifestyle options are good).

POSTURE IS ALL IMPORTANT. Alexander Technique,Bowen, Rolfing, Feldenkrais, or Deep Tissue Massage may all help with posture if you require it.

Modify your home seats or chair with two cushions behind your back. This will help you sit up straight. The diaphragm needs an upright posture. Think of this dome shaped muscle being on a track. As you inhale the muscle moves downward. If you are partially bent over as you exhale upward, it has no smooth passage. The diaphragm in most of us is undersized and not making its full up and down journey. It acts as a pump. Think about pumping up the car tires. If it is underused, like any muscle it will shrink, and when it shrinks, it makes a smaller passage and will not pump a good air exchange. The most important thing is to get the diaphragm functioning fully. Lung expansion is usually second in its importance in breathwork. The heart sits above the diaphragm, and the liver and kidneys are situated below. The spine and rib cage are linked to the diaphragm, so as they move, so can the diaphragm. When the diaphragm functions fully and travels the correct distance, it massages our vital organs which is vital for good health.

We recommend the breathing exercises to anyone in this book, but if you have any injuries or any reason to wonder if these exercises are OK for you, or if they hurt or are too uncomfortable in any way, stop and ask your healthcare provider first.

SPECIAL BREATHING FOR
MEDITATIVE STATES AND ANXIETY ELIMINATION

Drinking Straw Exercise
Obtain a straw or imagine having one. Take a gentle but deep breath. Place straw to mouth and close mouth around straw. Slowly exhale very slowly. Don’t blow. Just exhale until your lungs are 80 percent empty, then remove straw, close mouth and slowly exhale the last twenty percent through your nose. Allow the in-breath to come, and take three normal breaths to normalize breathing. Then repeat the exercise. Do this for ten minutes a day for calming, helping breathing difficulties, meditation, addictions, etc. This technique acts takes your breathing reflex from stressed, fight-or-flight sympathetic nervous system breathing to parasympathetic breathing. Great for people anxious about flying. Pretending to have a straw also works. Just go through the actions in your mind.

Tilt and Lift Exercise
Lie on your back with your lower legs resting on a low chair or end of bed or a cushion approximately 18 inches from floor. Have a cushion behind your midback, up to between your shoulders but not as low as the lumbar curve. Have another cushion behind the neck, and you can also use a pillow under your head. If you’re not comfortable then you are not in the right position.

Exhale the air in your lungs fully. Hold air out and then lift and tilt your pelvis until there are two to three inches between your bottom and the floor. Hold for three to four seconds, lower your bottom to the floor and then allow your in-breath to come in. You will find it is deeper and more automatic than normal, allow two or three normal breath cycles or until breathing feels calmer and then repeat process. Do this for fifteen minutes daily and you will further increase the dominance of the parasympathetic breathing over the old sympathetic nervous system’s fight-or-flight breathing.

Leg-lowering Exercise
Lie flat on the floor only. Use pillow or cushion if necessary to be comfortable. Legs are outstretched, arms are by your sides. Inhale and hold raise right leg. Exhale SLOWLY, VERY SLOWLY, as you lower leg to the floor. Synchronize your exhalation with lowering your leg so that when you have fully exhaled your leg will have reached the floor. Inhale and hold, raise left leg, and exhale as you synchronize lowering your left leg to the pace of the VERY SLOW exhale. Repeat, alternating between legs for twenty each leg, 40 all told, or less if you get tired or need a break. Aim to do 40 daily. This will train your exhale to be longer help the diaphragm and increase lung capacity. An amazing tool.

Chair Exercise
This will help increase the lung capacity by 30% as the lungs have the most chance of expansion into the lower back as there is the most room there for them. Sit on the edge of a chair upright, place your palms on knees. Start bending your torso over your thighs and slide your hands down your legs until they are somewhere in front of your feet. Now fold your arms normally as if you were sitting upright, and let them hang there just in front of you. Hang your head down there, too, with your feet apart. Now take in twenty breaths, as slow and deep as you can, breathing into your lower back on both inhales and exhales. You will find that your stomach stays flat so the air has to expand your lungs into your lower back. Often my students say it is like having a back massage. When you have completed all twenty, or less if you’re tired or uncomfortable, slowly slide your hands (after unfolding them) back up your legs so as you gently and slowly rise to a sitting position.

Hands-on-Hips Exercise
Stand with your hands on your hip bones, thumbs pointing out over the kidney areas and fingers over either sides of the tummy. Exhale fully and squeeze your hands tight, resisting as you inhale. Let go, breathe normally and repeat. Do this 10 to 15 times. This is a great calmer for anxious people and can be done at any time when stressed or as needed.

Seat Belt Exercise
Obtain a car seat belt less the mechanical parts. In the UK, check www.findapart.co.uk. This website contacts all the car breakers yards in the UK and you tell them what you want. Then all the breakers yards in the UK will contact you and you get the cheapest price, usually no more than five UK Pounds. Any seat belt will do as long as it will wrap around you a couple of times and have a couple of feet free at either end.

This exercise needs to be taught to you by your trainer first. It is very safe when done as per instruction. If you have fractured ribs or other injuries you may opt out of this exercise until your health care practitioner say it is OK to do so. It has been verified by orthopaedic surgeons, chiropractors and many more as very safe and very effective. I have shown it to my own body work practitioner who thought it highly effective.

Position One
Wrap the seat belt around you from the back around the front of the upper chest, high up under the armpits. Exhale and cross over the ends. Exhale and pull tight. Swap hands with belt ends. While pulling tight, inhale into your chest, imagining that you are trying to break the belt with your chest. Once you have fully inhaled, release belt. Allow a few breaths and make sure you are breathing comfortably. Repeat this process in Position One up to ten times.

Position Two
Move to position two over breast nipples for men, below breasts for women. Do not tighten over a female breast. Again wrap belt from behind and then in front and across chest, swapping over ends for tight pulling and hands. Exhale and then pull tight, keep ends tight. Inhale and expand chest as before while resisting with belt. Once inhaled, slacken off breathe normally. If OK, repeat about ten times or until tired. If breathing is uncomfortable in any of these belt exercises, go back to the one before or the next one that did feel comfortable and leave the uncomfortable one out.

Position Three
Tie strap from behind lower back across front of lower ribs, cross over belts and hands and fully exhale. Tighten and hold belts, resisting as you inhale and try to expand chest. After a full inhale, slacken off and breathe normally repeat ten times or until tired.

Stomach Breathing

Position One
Go to Position One. Tie belt around back under arm pits across to front, swap ends and hands over this time. Exhale fully tighten belt and deep belly breathe into your abdomen. You may feel diaphragm stretches and frontal chest stretches. After you have fully inhaled slacken off breathe normally. If fine, do another twenty or until tired. Repeat in Position Two and in Position Three.

These seat belt exercises are the quickest way to expand the chest and the diaphragmatic muscles I know. Your breath will feel fuller and more satisfying. You may experience emotional release as so much emotion is held in the ribs, just take a brisk walk and it will calm down generally after a few minutes but may last a few hours.

Take your time building up to the amount of repetitions listed in the manual, starting at half the amount. After a week or more, build up to the full amount. You may experience your ribs expanding and sometimes they may feel sore for a few days, so rest from the exercise until they feel better. This is part of the expansion process. Enjoy these exercises. They will work wonders.

Ask your trainer where you can order a diaphragm strengthener, too. This will aid your breathwork no end.
BREATHING TIPS

The main detoxifying routes are through liver, kidneys, bowel/colon, and bladder. However most people’s sytems are very toxic and these elimination channels back up. In that situation they will try and eliminate through the next safest routes, avoiding major organs like heart and brain until they are the only route. So the largest organ of all, the skin, is the next safest route. If you have poor skin, it is generally an indication of what is going on inside of you. Hence saunas are wonderful for detoxifying. The next place to send waste is the lungs where we can cough out phlegm and catarrh containing with all sorts of nasties. Hence we often get coughs, colds, or pneumonia as a way of detoxifying.

So get your exits sorted first. Many people are put off by colonic clinics, having tubes in your bottom and enema drips, etc. However I have experienced firsthand the wonders of two recommended ways of clearing your exits. Check out the best site, www.drnatura.com. Their Colonix programme uses psyllium husk, other herbs, parasite cleanses, and a herbal tea – best done for three months, two months minimum. Another way that’s a little easier is using three 600mg capsules of Oxy-T last thing at night for two months and then a small maintenance programme. Ideally use the Oxy-T first and then follow with the Dr Natura programme.

I would also recommend everyone to look at a candida website and check any symptoms with their questionnaire that you might have. Take a look at www.mccombsplan.com. While their recommendations and their plan are the best I know of, there are substitutes that can be easier and are more affordable with diet restrictions like Threelac or Fivelac. They may take a lot longer though and do not come with the same support as the McCombs plan does. Also oregano, capryllic acid and citricidal are great antidotes with a diet restricting all sugars, alcohol, yeasts, all grains except brown rice, all juices and even some fruits. But I would advise you to do this through a naturopath.

There are a number of good detoxes on the market. Kidney flushes can be organized through your naturopath or you can source the herbs through www.healthleadsuk.com or www.drschulze.com

LIVER CLEANSE

Although this has been done safely around the world by perhaps millions now, if in doubt, check with your health care practitioner first.
Ideally it is best to do a parasite cleanse for a ten day period first. www.healthleadsuk.com can provide you with black walnut green hull, cloves and wormwood herbs to cleanse or you can do a google search or ask your naturopath about a good, safe natural parasite cleansing formula.
Many people do the liver cleanse without the parasite formula. However those that cleanse the parasites first have less chance of feeling queasy and get an improved cleanse.

For 48 hours do not eat fats – no dairy at all, no meat or fish, no butter, sauces, bread, cake or anything that has fat in. You can eat vegetables, fruit and brown rice, which are all very healthy. The second day, eat your last meal by 1.30 pm. Only sip water after that. No food or drink.

At 6pm take three teaspoons of Epsom salts (careful if you have high blood pressure) in half glass of water. You can substitute Epsom salt capsules (available www.healthleadsuk.com), perhaps thirty to make up the equivalent amount. Stir and drink salts or swallow capsules. Repeat again at 8pm. Get all your bedtime chores done. At 10pm take a large glass and half fill it with freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice. (If you cannot eat grapefruit substitute with juiced green apple and some lemon, never concentrate.) Fill the glass halfway with juice and then fill to the top with virgin olive oil. Immediately after drinking the juice and oil, lie down on your right side to allow the mixture to work through gall bladder for twenty minutes. Then lie on your back. Think pleasant thoughts about your liver cleansing.

If brave, more Epsom salts at 6am and again at 7.30 am. Drink juice at 8am, eat fruit at 10am, and eat normally from midday (day three). Day three you will be using the loo up to about lunchtime as a guess. You will not have much sleep and will be tired. A jacket potato cooked ahead of time is great to have at midday as it will give you an energy boost. However, the following day you will be buzzing. The effects of a liver cleanse are amazing.

Wait at least two weeks before repeating. Overall after several cleanses many people achieve getting rid of up to 2000 liver stones. These stones contain acidic nature and cholesterol with a range of toxins, bile, parasites and their larvae. The stones are contained in bile ducts in the liver which block proper functioning to the liver and may contribute to allergies and disease. The Epsom salts open the bile ducts, having no fat for 48 hours builds up bile pressure, and the juice with virgin olive oil flushes the stones through. Repeat until all stones have gone. You will see the stones, some green, some brown and some tan, floating on top of the loo water as they are excreted.

Remember to do flushes at least two weeks apart, or better still, monthly. Once clear you may repeat yearly or every six months or as your naturopath advises.

The Mirror Brain Stare

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Avoid if under psychiatric care, or if needing or seeking that type of care. If unsure contact your Doctor or Psychiatrist first.

To connect deeply into your Spiritual self, and gain understandings view old memories and connect with your self deeply. Just take a mirror, keep your head absolutely relaxed but still, and with both eyes, stare into the mirror into just one eye. Stay with your eyes fixed looking into the reflection of your eye, and just keep at it, maybe five minutes will pass or more before things begin to happen. Common occurences are a deep connection to feelings and or thoughts, processing of thoughts and feelings may occur, old memories may flood in and then calm, emotions and thoughts may intensify and then  they get processed and all begins to calm. Often people get new understandings of self and or others. What needs to be processed will get surfaced. Some people will gain physical changes in the body as the brain lets go of stress the body relaxes, the body may well let go of old tight tense holding patterns. Having some body work like Massage Shiatsu Bowen or Rolfing can further assist these old stuck states let go.

Sometimes scary memories come up, and that is because different parts of the brain hold onto certain memories traumas fears anxieties, and our eyes locate these areas, as we hold our eyes in  a fixed position, it’s like the handle to the flood gates allowing the stress to just leave. Things will always calm again if you stay with it.

 

The eyes are known as the doorway to the soul, so this exercise is not just for emotional healings but also spiritual understandings.

Many people externally focus on others making people gurus and heroes, putting people on  a pedestal, people they admire because they have characteristics we do not. So looking in to our eyes, helps us observe ourselves our vulnerabilities and strengths, the strengths may strengthen even more and the vulnerabilities so often get a healing.

Many people will do the Mirror Brain Stare for forty minutes or an hour or so, a minimum time is generally ten or fifteen minutes, however do try, and another day try the other eye, for a different experience.

Feel free to contact me through the contact page on this website.

 

best wishes chris Milbank

Asthma How I turned it around

Daniel and me on the rocks

I am not a Dr,  this is my story, view it as fictional, all health matters should be discussed with your MEDICAL DOCTOR BECAUSE THE LAW SAYS SO. I personally prefer a Dr of Naturopathy of course. The products in this blog or self recommendations. Blah blah blah.

I was born with severe asthma and respiratory problems, always in hospital and 30 years of steroids antibiotics and hospital visits, much of my childhood I remember gasping in the night unable to breathe fainting, my chest was severely pigeon shaped, Doctors never expected me to live.

Breakthrough a cranial osteopath, got me through a very bad patch, I do recommend visits, I was able to go back to school and even enter school sports day, after six sessions. Yet as a teenager I started smoking, and doing all the wrong things, and I got real bad again. A hypnotherapist got me to stop smoking.

I went to visit a Bowen therapist and Neural Structural Technique therapist see nsthealth.com My first session i felt my diaphragm was working for the first time ever, obviously it had been working but now my breathing got deeper it felt a huge relief. I later went on and had some amazing transformational work called Rolfing, it changed for ever my pigeon shaped chest and the steel band that was always around my chest disappeared.

Yet I was still asthmatic and my bronchial tubes would constrict and I would still get chest infections and a lot of catarrh (as a child I would have to hang upside down over the back of the sofa for an hour a day to drain my lungs).

So what radically changed my condition after this work, well four main things. Let’s explore these ingredients.

1 A quarter of a teaspoon of cayenne pepper in hot water helped break up the catarrh in my lungs so I could spit out, catarrh is a breading ground for bacterial infection. Also four drops of Lugols 5% Iodine with 10% Potassium Iodide in water, this iodine is used in the mucus of the lungs as an antibacterial mineral.

2 Very High dose vitamin c starting off with a vitamin c detox flush. Day 1 I would start on an empty stomach, and take a teaspoon and a half of vitamin c powder (either as sodium ascorbate or magnesium ascorbate) every 15 minutes passed loose stool until I have an enema type of flush from my anus. Ie until your passing out gushing water. This means the body has absorbed as much vitamin c as it needs to neutralise bad bacterias and viruses and toxins. The vitamin c is also a powerful anti inflamatory, therefore increasing volume of air through the bronchials. After day one I would stay with about two thirds of the amount that would create an enema flush spread throughout the day and evening, and generally never less than 15 grams a day spread throughout the day. My first enema flush I took about 86 grams worth, that showed my body needed the vitamin c in that quantity, the less you need the healthier you are. How much you need is determined by the amount that causes the flush.

Do see this Doctor yourself website re vitamin c and asthma http://www.doctoryourself.com/asthma.html

 

3 Magnesium is needed in at least 300 enzyme processes throughout the body, it’s the most important of minerals and is known as the calming mineral. Magnesium is known to relax bronchial tubes, and ease asthma symptoms, it is also so depleted in asthmatics, and is also depleted by stress and alcohol pharmaceutical drugs and junk food. There is n ot enough magnesium in the soils these days for vegetables to have the pre war amounts, due to pesticides and herbicides and fertilisers used in farming and filtration techniques removing a lot of magnesium from our water.

So I used Magnesium chloride flakes / granules, I dissolved four to five tablespoons of this in warm bottled water, and poured into a 1 litre aproximate size, glass bottle (don’t use plastic or metal) I then topped up bottle with bottled water and used a cork. At night I would splash this everywhere all over my body and even face neck etc and head as I have short hair. Magnesium Chloride works best transdermally ie the body absorbs this very well and not so well orally. When you rub it in the body takes the magnesium to where it’s needed the most whether the heart or lungs or tight and painful msucles which will begin to relax. Most people find they will sleep very well with this, at fist it may tingle or itch or feel hot, that shows your body is super absorbing it fast because it has a deficit of magnesium.

I would also as an and or strongly advise Lamberts MAG Absorb which is an oral tablet that is well absorbed by the body, I as an adult take two at evening meal and one in the morning with breakfast. Do see DR Carolyn Dean website re Magnesium http://drcarolyndean.com/magnesium_miracle/

 

3 Niacin also known as vitamin B3. Warning this can affect blood pressure check with your medical or preferably Naturopathic Doctor 1st. Niacin will cause a hot flush and your skin may feel tender to touch and hot for an hour or so after taking it, after a few days it will lessen as your histamine levels reduce. I found Niacin to be amazing, I started low at 25omg and worked my way up to 1000mg a day, start low because of the flush as it can be intense. The Niacin works best when you take a separate B vitamin complex. The Niacin is a major detoxification supplement, about 80% of the body’s toxins will be stored in fat, Niacin tears open the fat cells and releases the toxins, so good exercise ie walk then to sauna afterwards, to rid these toxins circulating, or at least a few hours afterwards on empty stomach take activated charcoal that will absorb many of the toxins for elimination. The niacin improves circulation dramatically and helps flush the lings, also lowers histamine levels that may be affecting asthma trough allergies ie dust foods etc. Niacin also has a calming affect after the flush. Do see Dr Lam website on Niacin for more info https://www.drlam.com/blog/niacin-as-a-detoxing-tool-and-sleep-aid/4420/

Taking the supplements above made an enormous difference on my asthma finally not having to use the array of medications, I was once on over 20 medications a day and having many xrays each year.

Extra things you can do, is to message me on the contact page and ask me to send a free breathing exercise manual.

Reducing stress is very important do see reflective Repatterning known as RR http://chrismilbank.com/reflective-repatterning-rr/

Also Havening Malika Spethenson used Havening on some breathing difficulty memories and I found my breathing improved emotioanlly http://positivechangework.com/

I recommend finding a therapist give you a few treatments with a quantum scalar laser that is a cold laser that relaxes chest muscles and is very calming, see link http://www.quantum-life.com/productsgen/scalarwave/

Also and or finding a therapist that uses a Scenar Cosmodic that increases energy flow through the vital organs this can make a deep and profound difference to asthmatics http://www.scenar-cosmodic.co.uk/

 

Generally asthmatics are not good with wheat dairy and foods with sulphites in, but you can check this out with Vega testing to be sure. Also they will b e able to run other diagnostic tests too, http://www.wholisticresearch.com/info/artshow.php3?artid=80

 

Many asthmatics may have a burden of heavy metals for nstance an excess of copper that becomes bio unavailable ie the body cannot use this particuarly affects the lungs. To detox heavy metals, do see detoxmetals.com you can arrange hair analysis tests to determine mercury lead copper arsenic cadmium nickel levels etc.

A new product by medical Dr Zac Bush, called Restore, helps repair leaky guts caused by low good bacteria in the gut and yeast overgrowths, this product reduces inflammation , and restores gut health, when the gut is healthy, less toxicity arrives in the lungs, in fac t in Traditional Chinese Medicine, the large intestine and lungs are energetically connected, clean exits will result in cleaner lungs and less food in tolerances. http://tightjunctions.com/  Also here is an email address for a UK vendor of Restore gareth@yourhealthbasket.co.uk

Most naturopaths would agree a general multi vitamin and mineral supplement is helpful as well as a full range of omega oils.

Two other anti inflammatories to consider are Lamberts Turmeric which is a high petency formula, not only reducing inflammation but also an important antioxidant. Also Blockbuster Serrapeptase an anti inflammatory enzyme from a silk work work that has many amazing benefits see http://nattokinasehearthealth.com/142/serrapeptase-benefits/

 

All of these things I found useful, please do your own research and talk with your medical dr and naturopath before making any changes, I am not a medical dr and am just a private researcher, who shares info for others to research and consult with their medical Dr’s.

 

My contact details are on the contact page on this website.

Brain Stare Testimonial

C lair Brain Stare pictureA lady wrote to me about her Brain Stare experience she had read the blog, but didn’t believe it fully.
Here is how the story goes (yes I have permission to share).

On Friday I was having suicidal and self harm thoughts; I wasn’t making plans to end it all, but nevertheless the thoughts were there, just coursing a long, which wasn’t pleasant even if i wasn’t going to act on them. Self harm is something I’ve not done in years, either, but it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t come to mind sometimes (more often than I’d like), like Friday.

It’s true that the past is over, but what’s scary is if the past was bad, and the future looks just like the past. That is not a good situation to feel you are in; it doesn’t leave you with many options.

I couldn’t stop myself thinking, and nothing I did made me feel any better, and it felt like I was bouncing between my thoughts, all of which were making me feel worse and worse. I have trained in various modalities, and none of them seemed to work on Friday. In desperation I also tried self medicating with prescription, non prescription medication, including painkillers, herbs. Nothing in that I tried helped, either.

So, in desperation I tried Brain Staring. I did not really know what to treat – it is not like I had just one incident I could focus on and say that was the cause of my problems, there were lots of things I could try and work on, but nothing that was obviously the cause of my problems, as I just felt bad and the future looked bad, too. The future being bleak was the very worst aspect of it all . I did not need to focus in on how I was feeling, as I was feeling it so strongly. So I lay down on the settee, and looked around for where things felt better or worse. Top right felt better, and it seemed that the left was worse, bottom left seemed to be the worst of the worst, but not hugely so. I figured I would try the bottom left, and if it didn’t do anything, I could change.

I remembered it’s important to stare at something, so I found something on the floor to look at, I had plenty of choice (being untidy has it’s advantages), and positioned myself so that I could stare at a sock on the floor and turned the sound off on the telly, and turned so I couldn’t see it how I was sat. I didn’t turn the telly off because i felt so bad I didn’t want to be alone, and at least the telly was there to distract me if it hadn’t worked and I needed distracting.

I started staring, and slowly memories came to mind, and after a few minutes I started yawning a few times. Some of the memories did not seem at all traumatic to me, and other ones were not so good. But even the ones that weren’t good seemed to come and go and partway through focusing on them, they’d go, and I would have to think “what was I just thinking about”. They’d then bring up another memory. It seems that my brain wanted to work on things going back early, but it would sometimes leap about, ie bringing up more recent stuff, sometimes with no obvious links. After sometime, I thought about 10 minutes, I was getting a bit restless and couldn’t concentrate so much – I looked at the telly and found that the program I was watching had changed – surprisingly, over an hour had gone by. I think I might have been in an altered consciousness state.

After a break, I restarted my Brain staring, as I felt calmer. The distress was now less, perhaps 6/10, whereas when I started, I felt like a 10/10. I did another hour, and this took me up to early in the morning. I think I had dreams about what I had been working on. I was going to write about what had came up as I treated, as it seemed important at the time, but it doesn’t feel important now.

It was surprising that I remembered things I had completely forgotten, and which had not surfaced in other modalities. Also surprisingly was I ended up thinking about someone who was well-known, and who I had known of but not thought of in years and years since their death in fact when i saw it mentioned on telly. I googled their story, and found that their story served like a healing metaphor, and reinforced changes i had wanted to make, to get rid of stuff – opposites? His story was the opposite of what i wanted to change.

Today, I feel calmer. I still have other stuff left to work on, but whereas Friday I was feeling horrible, today I feel quite a lot better, and things are quieter, and today things have come up, lots of random memories just cropping up when i’m going about my day – they seem to come and go without processing. ”

 

Calm Brain Weekend

Calm Brain Weekend. Saturday 05th and Sunday 06th December 2015 Oswestry Shropshire. 9.30am til 5pm.

Me being Zombified

At times you may feel like the Zombie photo of me above, there are plenty of therapies that work with the meridian system they use in acupuncture, like Tapping therapies Emotional Freedom Technique, Thought Field Therapy, Reflective Repatterning, but I am wanting to introduce therapies that directly work with the stress held in the brain.

There are differing systems in each of us that hold on to trauma, such as fascia, the soft tissue that holds emotional stress and attaches to all organs muscles glands in the body and dealt with in bodywork like Rolfing, Myofascial release, Massage, Bowen Therapy and Neural Structural Technique. There are therapies that work well in the meridian system as listed in the  first paragraph.

Yet we over look therapies that work directly with stress held in the brain that affect all the systems including respiratory , meridian, fascia, lymphatic and a lot more.

 

This weekend is for Professionals and beginners alike, and those that just want to help themselves friends and family and also those that want to help clients.

I will introduce 5 different brain release therapies, depending on time, that work very powerfully to reduce brain stress in different ways, resulting in a calmer, and quieter more peaceful better focused less tired brain.

The aim is to remove most of the theory, and just get on practicing, in a fun and practical way these techniques to in spire solid change work.

1 Brain Stare, A treatment, of locating an exact eye position that correlates with where the brain stores the exact stress/ trauma or fear phobia, holding this eye position, and allowing the brain to offload, bucket loads of brain stress, this method is powerful and can be in tense during the process yet the end result is incredibly powerful.

2 A treatment where the client lies down, and we hold certain finger positions on their heads that correlate to energy centres in their brain that hold stress, fears phobias and all sorts of brain functioning that may get stressed. This work based on Access Consciousness and also on cranial reflex work that I do, works in a non specific way, to release many rigid thought patterns stuck memories, and energy that restricts our lives. People find this treatment very powerful creating deep and lasting life changes and mostly incredibly relaxing at the same time, however physical body movements may occur as the body also lets go as the brain relaxes.

3 Havening introduction, introducing how to use a gentle brushing of relaxing delta brain wave sensory points on the backs of arms, on faces and in palms, to by pass the fight or flight, amygdala and hypothalamus reactions that trigger and cause an excess of stress, in fears phobias trauma and anxiety. This work is based on the works of Dr’s Ronald and Stephen Ruden, who you can contact for more extensive Professional training’s.

 

4 A quick Brain to Meridian treatment hold that we use in Reflective Repatterning especially in remote healing’s, this hold works deeply in the meridians that support the limbic brain such as the Governing Vessel and the Bladder meridians that run two lines either side of the spine, the spine being the extension of the brain .

5 Depending on time and the vote of students either the Alphabiotic Head Pull,which balances left and right brain hemispheres by letting go of the tight dural matter in the cranium that pulls on fascia elsewhere in the body creating and holding a stressed state, or the Alphabet Game used in  New Code NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) that creates left and right brain balance.

 

6 We will explore how these important therapies enhance all other mind and body therapies, building  more solid and longer lasting emotional treatments keeping at bay even long term chronic anxiety. These therapies are each stand alone therapies with amazing results in their own right and also super supportive of other therapies that work in other stressed systems of the mind and body.

The weekend Training fee is 250 UK pounds per person, I have a contact page on this website or you can email milbankchristopher@yahoo.co.uk

I can also be found on https://www.facebook.com/christopher.milbank