Breathing is Life, Choose How You Live
Breathing is an activity automatic to the physiology of human existence. Proper breathwork techniques through it’s conscious practice in a form of an exercise activity can be vital to improving your health and enhancing your life.
“If you do not breathe well, it is almost impossible to feel good. If you do breathe well, your chances of feeling good are greatly enhanced. It is becoming increasingly clear that to feel good is to breathe well, and to breathe well is to feel good.” -Gay Hendricks, Ph.D.
Most of us Breath Wrong
Breathing, seems like a simple thing to do, but scientific research shows clearly that most of us do not feel as good as we should, simply because we do not breathe well. It is estimated that four out of five adults do not breathe correctly.
If there is one technique that would be of most benefit to you, it is conscious breathing through hands-on breathwork. Every patient can benefit tremendously from paying a little bit of attention to their breathing. In fact, a little bit of practice in concentrated conscious breathing is all it usually takes to reprogram your body to breathe well. And breathing well is especially important, since the average person breathes as many as twenty thousand times every day.
Proper Breathing is Scientifically Based
There is a rich scientific tradition that supports evidence and research documenting the effectiveness of breath work in dealing with many common physical, psychological, health, and performance issues we experience.
Breathwork can be used to improve problems such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, improve athletic performance, decrease pain, improve overall bodily function, eliminate insomnia, fibromyalgia, Scoliosis, TMJ, Headaches, Chronic Pain, etc., the list goes on and on.
Chiropractor, Dr. Kaminsky Teaches Proper Breathing Techniques
Dr. Kaminsky teaches the breathing techniques as per Gay Hendricks teachings, who has spent three decades perfecting the right breathing methods. As well as his own custom developed breathwork techniques that help facilitate the bodies release of stuck energies and Somato-Emotional Release.
You will be shown as part of Dr. Kaminsky’s treatment regimen the most essential, the most effective breathing techniques to facilitate a state of deep inner well-being and renewed health. Together with the foundational knowledge that will help you put these practices to work in your life, long term.
Feel Immediate Positive Changes
Each of these breathing techniques produces results that can be felt immediately, and most of them can be done in two minutes or less, anywhere, at any time;-at your desk, in your car, even in a company meeting. Whenever you need to instantly feel at your best or boost your performance.
You are in complete control of your own pace. Your progress, of course, all depends on you. It is your willingness to do the breathing-that really enables you to progress and learn more advanced breathing methods. Dr. Kaminsky starts introducing these methods during sessions two or three. The first session is really meant for a full evaluation and complete treatment using methods of Craniosacral Therapy and Pranic Healing.
You will be recommended to take a few minutes everyday to work on conscious breathing. Once you do, you will seldom have the think about it again. It will nurture you twenty thousand times a day with improved health and greater well-being.
Healthy Breathing is Through the Belly
If you watch a healthy baby breathe, its stomach muscles stay relaxed, and its belly rises and rounds with each in-breath. Additionally, the in-breath reaches into the very bottom of its lungs. However, most adults hold their belly muscles too tightly when they breathe, and their stomach tension keeps their lungs from expanding fully, forcing them to breathe up into their chests. Breathing into the chest instead of deep into the abdomen has been called upside-down breathing by Dr. Gay Hendricks. Later this concept is expanded upon and is called Lifestream Breathing.
Another way to understand this type of breathing is to imagine wearing a tight girdle around the middle of your body, so that when your breath comes in, the expansion of your lower lungs comes up against the immovable wall. If your belly cannot relax and open up, your lungs cannot expand to their full capacity, and your breath is forced up into your chest, inflating it to accommodate this pressure. In addition, when you breathe at a faster rate, as opposed to the slower, deeper breathing that occurs when you keep your belly relaxed and breathe into your abdomen.
In the extreme, the type of breathing he calls “the central breathing problem” is associated with high blood pressure, asthma, and other kinds of respiratory diseases. Among other ailments.
You can find references to healthy breathing practices in yoga texts at least four thousand years old, but natural breathing or what is sometimes called “abdominal breathing”.
Societal and Environmental Causes of the Central Breathing Problem
Breathing is part of a complex sequence of events that create the chemical reactions called the respiration process, which results in the release of energy from food. Breathing supplies the oxygen necessary for these chemical reactions, and then the bloodstream carries away the by-products of this process, which are carbon dioxide and water.
In more advanced breathing techniques, we explore some of the other parts of the body involved in this process, including the skeletal muscles and the diaphragm. The body needs oxygen and it expels carbon dioxide. If the air we breathe has a lower volume of oxygen, then we will need to breathe more quickly, more deeply, or more efficiently in order to deliver the amount of oxygen our bodies need to function well.
Mostly All People Breath Unhealthily
Unhealthy breathing only exacerbates the oxygen-balance problem. It does not take much shallow, rapid breathing to throw us out of balance, and our bodies quickly go into a mild state of alarm simply because of the disturbance in our oxygen/CO2 balance. This has a profound negative effect on the energetic balance of the body. Hence the physical body.
The typical symptoms of oxygen imbalance include chronic fatigue, low-level anxiety, and mental fogginess. After a few days of conscious breathing practice, most people report that their usual fogginess recedes, and they begin to experience a state of mental clarity. It also becomes normal for them to experience increased energy and harmony in their bodies and minds, rather than their usual state of background noise and anxiety.
Healthy Breathing is Achievable
For those who have experienced any of these difficulties in the past- anxiety, fatigue, mental fogginess. You should to pay particular attention as Dr. Kaminsky teaches you these breathing exercises, to see if you can feel any improvement, large or small, in your mental or emotional state. You will be surprised and pleased to find out how easy it is to re-balance your life by changing how you breathe.
Healthy breathing occurs naturally when we are relaxed, enjoying food, talking with friends, or getting a good night’s rest. But there is another kind of breathing that occurs naturally when we are scared or need to move quickly to deal with stressful or dangerous situations- This is the fight-or-flight breathing. Our physiology is incredibly sensitive, and this fight-or-flight breathing can be brought on by many things; anger, accidents, traumas, and even unprocessed, unresolved emotional stress, stressful events in daily life.
Healthy breathing is designed by nature to be circular and flowing. The in-breath melts into the out-breath again. Stress, fear, and trauma typically cause sudden shocks and gaps in the smooth breathing cycle, much like the gasp we experience when we are startled. A gasp is a rapid, sharp in-breath that is “snatched” and held at the top of the breath. The problem is that, if we do not know how to recover our natural breathing when we are no longer in danger, we can stay locked in this fight-or-flight breathing mode throughout the day, which will make us anxious, tired, moody, and out of balance-solely because of the way we are breathing. It can also cause the feeling of pain and other unpleasant symptoms.
Our Breathing Pattern Dictates our Physical Condition
If you think about human evolution over the past several hundred thousand years, you can readily see why nature would have wired two different breathing patterns into our bodies. In our infancy, the human race had to be ready to face life-threatening situations at a moment’s notice, such as attacks by other animals and humans. Even a couple hundred years ago, human beings had to deal with as many physical stressors and threats as most of us have to deal with today.
When we are under threat of physical attack, we biologically react the same way other animals react. Our heart rates accelerate, our abdominal muscles contract and tighten (to protect our internal organs), our breathing moves up into our chests and speeds up to approximately fifteen breaths per minute, and out adrenal glands flood our bodies with adrenaline as an instantaneous energy source in order to fight or flee. In the wild, this buildup of energy was discharged very quickly, you either ran or fought back. And when the danger was over, your body returned to its normal functioning.
Past Experiences of Fight or Flight
In most social situations today, it is no longer appropriate to either flee or fight back, even when we are feeling threatened. If you are being criticized by your boss, for instance, you usually cannot run out of the room or fight back. Instead, most of us choose to sit passively while our blood pressures rise, our stomach muscles tighten, our breathing speeds up and becomes shallow, and our adrenal glands begin pumping out chemicals that increase our physical alertness. Yet we have no way to act upon or discharge all of that sudden energy, which we now experience as stress.
This stress, this experience may be responsible for a holding pattern in our physical body. Causing many symptoms, conditions and ailments we experience in todays culture. Such as Scoliosis and other musculoskeletal conditions.
In an ingenious study done at Johns Hopkins University, researchers stationed themselves in the waiting room of general practitioners. Disguised as fellow patients, the researchers were actually covertly observing the breathing patterns of real patients. The results were striking: eighty-eight percent of patients had some form of dysfunctional breathing, regardless of the type of illness form which they were suffering. In other words, troubled breathing patterns were observed in patients suffering from the flu, from gastric distress, from migraines, and from back pain. The intriguing question is this: did illness cause disturbances in their breathing, or did their disturbed breathing patterns increase their susceptibility to illness?
Controlling Your Breathing is Key
If you know how to return to slower, deeper breathing, you can quiet your stress chemistry very quickly-in fact, the Food and Drug Administration has given its approval on breath training for reduction of diseases such as hypertension, but if we do not know how to restore healthy breathing patterns, we run the risk of remaining in fight-or-flight breathing for extended periods of time. Since so many forms of illness now respond to breath correction, it is very likely that preventive breath correction can minimize-or even circumvent-certain disease processes.
What does a healthy, deep breath look and feel like? The best way to understand a healthy, deep breath is first to know what it is not. Chiropractor, Dr. Kaminsky will evaluate your breathing before any instruction on the proper methods is offered.
You have probably been to a doctor when you have been asked to take a deep breath. When that happens, most people inflate their chests in an exaggerated way. While this is adequate for giving doctors the information they need, it is absolutely the wrong way to breathe for good health.
Evaluating Your Breathing is the First Step
Let us examine a healthy in-breath first. It is not recommended that you pay attention with this level of detail to every breath throughout your day. However, it has been found that most people benefit from a few minutes of slow-motion attention to each of the phases of their in-breaths and out-breaths. Something Dr. Kaminsky teaches you.
A healthy, deep in-breath occurs in three stages. Dr. Kaminsky shows you the ways to achieve healthy breathing. It has a beginning, a middle, and a peak. It begins with a relaxation of your belly muscles. This relaxation allows the diaphragm to move downwards, which draws air into your lungs. So, in a healthy breath, your abdomen expands first before your chest moves, as air fills the lower portion of your lungs.
The middle part of a healthy in-breath expands the chest muscles, which causes the rib cage to widen in three dimensions-towards the front, towards the sides, and towards the back. Your rib cage also moves upward as air fills the middle part of your lungs. At the very peak of the in-breath, your collarbones move upward, and your shoulders relax and move back slightly. This allows air to fill the upper part of your lungs.
Now, let us look at the healthy out-breath. A healthy, deep out-breath goes through those same three stages in reverse. At its beginning, your collarbones drop and your shoulders move slightly forward. In the middle of your out-breath, your chest muscles relax and the rib cage moves downward and narrows in three dimensions. At the end of the healthy out-breath, your abdomen flattens and your belly muscles contract slightly.
Proper Breath Training is Taught by Dr. Kaminsky
The most common mistake with breathing is to keep your belly muscles too tight, so that the diaphragm cannot flatten and move downward to allow a full in-breath. If this one problem can be solved, your breathing will dramatically increase in efficiency. Dr. Kaminsky shows you how in the office. The central breathing problem and healthy breathing are best illustrated by demonstration.
The Reset Button is a breathing practice that will bring the oxygen and carbon dioxide in your body into balance. This easy-to-learn technique can also be used in any situation when you need to instantly increase your state of relaxation, alertness, or mental clarity. The reason Gay Hendricks called it the Reset Button is because one of his students pointed out that it works like the reset button on a computer-if your computer goes haywire, you have a button that will instantly reboot your system. The Reset Button is a technique that will instantly reset your biological system.
Consistency in Daily Practice is Essential
When you begin practicing this activity with instruction from Chiropractor, Dr. Kaminsky, it is important to remember that it is a very simple thing that he will be asking you to do. The biggest problem many people have with this basic activity is that they often try too hard to do it “correctly”, too quickly. The only correct way to do it is simply without strain or stressful effort and to take time.
For practice, here are the basic instructions for the Reset Button: Take a slow, easy breath all the way out, and then, when you come to the end of your out-breath, simply pause and rest until your body says, “Time to breathe.” You will know when your oxygen balance point is reached when you experience a sense of harmony and well-being. And until you feel that sensation, just practice in a general, comfortable way. At first, you may only be able to go for a few seconds without needing to breathe back in. Dr. Kaminsky is very patient and will take time with you until you get it right.
As you begin to practice this exercise as part of the guided activity, it is best if you first scan your body and mind to notice your current state of fatigue or mental fogginess, any sense of anxiety or nervousness. Then, after you do a minute or so of this breathing technique, try to become aware of any changes in your body and mind.
Using a Reset Breathing Button as Part of Your Daily Life
Here is how Dr. Kaminsky practices the Reset Button technique on a daily basis, and how he recommends that you practice it as well. If you have a morning practice that involves meditation, yoga, or physical exercise, begin to include a few rounds of the Reset Button. He will go deeper into the importance of a daily morning practice of breathing exercises in his office. But a couple of minutes of practicing the Reset Button really starts the day on the right foot.
You can practice the Reset Button throughout the day whenever you feel fatigued or a little out of sorts after an emotionally-charged interaction. The Reset Button is a technique that you can practice anywhere at anytime, at your desk, in an airplane, or even as a passenger in a car. You can even do a subtle form of it without drawing attention to yourself in public. You can practice a few rounds of the reset button before any stress inducing activity, while waiting to give a speech, or even to try to stay alert during long meetings.
Think of the reset button as a kind of fine-tuning technique that helps your body to remember what the sensation of balance really feels like. Practice it everyday until it becomes an integrated part of your life. You will use it as a form of a balancing technique in your daily life.
Once you have learned the proper way to breathe, and this on-the-spot practice for balancing your oxygen/carbon dioxide levels is mastered, you will be ready to learn even more advanced breathing techniques, Dr. Gay Hendricks calls the fundamentals of more advanced methods, Lifestream Breathing
Dr. Kaminsky combines the teachings of Dr. Gay Hendricks in his Craniosacral Therapy sessions. Time is spent in the office teaching you the methods outlined here, which add synergy to the in-office Craniosacral Therapy and Pranic Healing treatment sessions, helping facilitate your greatest improvement in health and wellness living. And once you understand how the body functions, it will all make sense to you.
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Back to Basics, Lifestream Breathing
If you look at how a healthy baby breathes, you will notice that it not only keeps its belly very relaxed so that it moves with every breath, and that its spine flexes and moves with every cycle of breath, as well. This is the way nature has designed our bodies to most efficiently deliver the maximum amount of oxygen to ourselves and to release the maximum amount of carbon dioxide.
This process forms the basis of a breathing practice Dr. Hendricks calls Lifestream Breathing. No matter what kinds of situations we find stressful today, Lifestream Breathing is a tool that we can use to shift into a more centered breathing pattern at any time. He called this technique Lifestream Breathing because it automatically produces a sudden and profound inner sense of “lifestreaming” or well-being, an energy flow, a deep and rich connection to yourself, your body, and your surroundings, as well as a heightened ability to better connect with other people.
Using Lifestream Breathing as Part of your Daily Life is taught by Dr. Kaminsky in more advanced in-office breathing sessions.
Breathing as a Means of Clearing and healing negative emotions
Breathing and Our Emotions
One of the most useful things you will learn from Chiropractor, Dr. Kaminsky about breathing, is how to use conscious breathing as a way to understand our emotions better, and to bring resolution to stuck or trapped emotions. Our breathing patterns invariably reflect the emotional states our body is currently carrying, whether we are aware of those emotional states or not; for most people.
We have within us the capacity to solve many of our greatest issues, dilemmas, concerns, and problems, but we often block this ability by avoiding full participation with our emotions in the present moment.
If we hold ourselves back from feeling our fear or anxiety or anger or sadness, we may not connect to the depths of ourselves, where we can find creative solutions to our health challenges.
Reaction to our Environment Effects us Physically
Have you ever seen the hair stand up on the backs of cats or dogs when they are angry or scared? Human being possesses exactly the same mechanism, only it is less visible because we have a lot less fur. The muscles in our backs and necks also tighten up when we are angry or scared, and unless we know a way to release these emotions in socially acceptable ways, we are likely to walk with them stuck in our backs and necks.
The experience of certain emotions, such as betrayal, rage, jealousy, anxiety, sadness, and many others make parts of our bodies tighten up. Most of us have felt a lump in our throats when we were sad, or a fluttering butterfly sensation in our stomachs when we were anxious. These are normal feelings and normal physiological reactions, but unless we learn a way to release them from our bodies, we will often suffer their ill effects long after their causes have been passed.
Research on breathing indicates that our breathing patterns make small and large changes within a split-second after a feeling of anger, fear, or sadness sweeps through us. It is becoming increasingly clear that breathing affects our physiology.
Activities of Daily Living Effect How We Breath
In normal life, we go through many different emotions during the course of a single day. These are often the result of situations that trigger emotional responses like anger, fear, or sadness. Dr. Kaminsky’s belief is that even unpleasant emotions are natural and normal, because they contain information. For example, the experience of anger is often the result of feeling trespassed upon, or taken advantage of, or a result of your boundaries being violated. In this way, your emotions are among the most important tools you have to make informed decisions from moment to moment in life. Most of us, however, get little or no training in how to distinguish one emotion from another, even though it is essential to be able to recognize our emotions and decipher what they are trying to say.
One such emotion that is very difficult for most people is fear. But fear is often a response to feeling threatened or endangered. It may not always be true that there is an actual, physical threat to ourselves or others, but there is something in that moment that our mind perceives as a threat.
The same thing is true with sadness. Sadness is the response to a perceived loss. Sometimes the loss may be something that happened a long time ago, and if you are still experiencing sadness about it, you have not yet come to terms with it, so you keep replaying it unconsciously or consciously. That emotion is charged in your body and may be affecting groups of muscles, causing a condition such as Scoliosis.
Emotions Affect Our Breathing and Physical State
If you think of your emotions as conduits for information about your current situation, they are obviously too important to try to ignore or to get rid of, but sometimes our emotions are so powerful that we feel overwhelmed by them, and at those times, our breathing can become a means of both connecting to and learning from our emotional responses. Once you get clear about the information that your emotions are trying to deliver to you, you can use techniques to clear them out of your body. The first step should be to come to understand and learn from what your emotions are trying to tell you.
When you realize that feeling our emotions is something we get almost no practice with, in school or in life, the orientation and most of modern Western Society is getting rid of anything perceived as unpleasant, usually with some kinds of external tool, like a pill or a proverb.
Conscious Living is Most Important
For example, if you have a headache and you turn on the television set, and advertisement will often tell you take a fantastic new pain reliever recommended by 9 out of 10 Physicians. I am not going to argue with that recommendation if even maybe a very appropriate thing to do. But what Dr. Hendricks is suggesting is that there are few places today where you can go and have somebody say, tune into your headache and ask yourself what it is trying to tell you? So the important thing is to be able to tune into non-judgmentally, your experiences solely as information.
If You were looking at your Smart Phone and it says three o’clock, you would not necessarily feel bad or good about it you just look at your phone and see that it is three o’clock. That is the same way you should look into your Body Sensations. You need to tune into your chest, into your belly, into your neck and shoulders, and just notice what you are feeling.
For example, you feel something in your stomach, you are not really talking about the stomach itself, but an area around the navel Chakra. (something Dr. Kaminsky puts effort into during your Craniosacral Therapy and Pranic Healing sessions).
You Should Not Hide Your Emotions
If we chronically hide our emotions, they will often manifest as chronic pain, cause various symptoms, or sustained alterations of our moods. The reason is that, if you try to keep an emotion covered up, it will take energy in order to do that. The energy it takes to cover up your emotions gradually wears you down and produces other symptoms, such as psychosomatic illnesses, or simply a low mood state, or create chronic pain.
You can use the breathing methods taught by Dr. Kaminsky to explore your emotions. Uncovering emotion’s we commonly experience is an important part of the healing process because most of us have one or two emotions that we experience more readily than others. One person may have easy access to their sadness, where as another person might feel more comfortable expressing anger. For instance, it is not at all uncommon for someone to discover that underneath the emotion of fear and anger is a very profound sense of sadness as well.
Dr. Gay Hendricks and his colleagues developed a breathing and awareness technique that they called the Emotion Scan, which is designed to help you recognize your emotions through breathing. Once you have had some experience with learning and practicing these breathing techniques, you will be able to perform an Emotion Scan for tapping into your emotions.
Using Lifestream Breathing as a Means of Emotional Healing
Once you have learned the Emotion Scan, you can practice it anywhere, at any time, but sometimes we become aware that we have more intensive work to do surrounding particular emotions. For that reason, Dr Kaminsky teaches a technique incorporating Lifestream Breathing and the Emotion Scan, which to help explore and achieve emotional breakthroughs in emotions that are no longer beneficial to us, but have actually begun to cause us additional distress and even physical complaints, symptoms and conditions.
Dr. Kaminsky Will Work With You to Facilitate Emotional Healing
One reasons why people come to see Dr. Kaminsky is because of some difficulty dealing with a specific emotion: most commonly anger, sadness, grief, or anxiety, which is a version of fear. Human beings, of course, experience a wide range of emotions.
He will focus on showing you a way of dealing with some of the more distressful emotions that you may be experiencing in your daily life. Whether its through Craniosacral Therapy, Pranic Healing, Meditation or Breathing Techniques.
The Lifestream Breathing process can be used to help you naturally work with strong emotions. For one thing, Lifestream Breathing creates a strong sense of well-being in your body. It is also a tool that you can use to instantly feel better, or replace an emotion you might be stuck in or overwhelmed by with a more positive and in-the-moment emotional experience. In addition, focusing specifically on your emotions while you are doing Lifestream Breathing as another dimension to your awareness. You will be using your breathing and very subtle body movements as a tool to help you release emotions that are no longer helpful to you in the moment.
The content on this page is taken from the works of Dr. Gay Hendricks and can be found in his training series, “The Breathing Box”.
Chiropractor, Craniosacral Therapy Practitioner, Pranic Healer, Dr. Alex Kaminsky Will Work With You. Learn how the body functions.
Ultimately, The goal for each patient under the care of Dr. Kaminsky is to facilitate your body to release stuck / trapped emotions by any means possible. This does not happen in one session, but for those patients committed to improving the quality of their lives, great things can happen.
If you have any questions about any of the content on this page, feel free to email Dr. Kaminsky.
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About Dr. Kaminsky & Craniosacral Therapy
Having a Chiropractic background since the year 2000, Dr. Kaminsky offers many methods of treatment with an emphasis on Craniosacral Therapy and Pranic Healing in NYC.
Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a method focusing on the link between the cranium (head) and sacrum (the second to last bone at the base of your spine), scientifically proven to work in unison to pump fluid throughout the body, an unknown disruption of which can cause many health issues. The craniosacral mechanism pumps vital fluid called cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF) through the body and in a sense energetically lubricates the joints, tissues, organs; basically all cells of the body. It is the driving force of all your body’s systems of function; including maintaining the tone of your muscles.
The Central Nervous System (brain and spinal cord) are surrounded with CSF generating energetic rhythmic impulses of fluid delicately pumping throughout your body’s parts “breathing” the movement of life. This measurable rhythm of moving fluid, like the heart rhythm, pulse rhythm, breathing rhythm is the foundational “blueprint” and primary principle of our real-time state of our health.
Compromises of our rhythmic movements of fluid flow correlates to the impulse restrictions in the system which the body is unable to overcome or self-correct. This is the reason why we have “dis-ease”, symptoms, conditions, basically all ailments. This is where the skill of an experienced craniosacral therapist becomes valuable. By placing his or her hands on your body the practitioner can feel, detect, evaluate, and facilitate correction of these restrictive arrhythmic impulses.
The craniosacral therapist helps your rhythm restore and renew in compromised areas allowing for healing to take place of sensory, motor, musculoskeletal, neurological disorders, symptoms, conditions and pain. To learn more, visit the other pages on this website. Call to schedule your healing treatment with Dr. Kaminsky.