"The Breath of Life"

"The Breath of Life"

"Breathing is not just for oxygen; 
it’s now linked to brain function and behavior."

Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered for the first time that the rhythm of breathing creates electrical activity in the human brain that enhances emotional judgments and memory recall.

More specifically, "If you are in a panic state, your breathing rhythm becomes faster,” Zelano said. “As a  result you’ll spend proportionally more time inhaling than when in a calm state. Thus, our body’s innate  response to fear with faster breathing could have a positive impact on brain function and result in faster response times to dangerous stimuli in the environment. When you inhale, you are in a sense  synchronizing brain oscillations across the limbic network."

So what does this mean for those of us who don't study neuroscience as a hobby? When it comes to  health, it's important that your body and mind are appropriately responding to it's environment - i.e. if a  tiger starts chasing you, rapid breathing and a fear response is very appropriate.

However, we live in a culture where our perception of threatening stimuli from the environment is altered. More often than not, we practically live in the "fight or flight" response whether we are consciously aware of it or not. 

Emails, text, traffic, deadlines, finances, relationships, school, work....

The list goes on. This response can show up in our posture, tight muscles, health challenges, huge emotional swings, even deeper defaults in our body that we can't feel or detect. 

Over time, if we don't do anything to break the cycle, the nervous system can become "stuck" in this pattern. Small things become triggers to larger problems down the road. 

At Inspire Life, we focus on helping your body break this cycle through specific, gentle adjustments to the nervous system, cueing the brain to become more self-aware, more self-healing, more at ease, and retrain itself to become more responsive than reactive over time. 

The truth is - many of the perceived stressors in our culture will never disappear. But if we can help your body, mind, and brain build a strong, internal fortress and a better relationship with it's environment,  we can in turn make a world of a difference for your health, healing, and life!

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Just because it's common doesn't mean it's normal.

Just because it's common doesn't mean it's normal.

Growing up I thought it was normal to pass out on the bathroom floor on Christmas Eve shaking in a blanket, hoping the high fever would pass sooner rather than later. 

What's even worse - the same bodily symptoms appeared 3 consecutive years after that (Yes, at Christmas time again). Top it off with spring time allergies, ear infections, and later on. some of the worst menstrual cycles one could ever imagine. 

I remember laying on my bedroom floor moaning in pain, accepting that this was NORMAL...that all women deal with this, that it's part of being a female, that my body is just "messed up" and I'll have to live with it for life. 

And then one morning things started to shift - starting with my MINDSET.

I woke up one day and said, "Enough of this - I desire AND deserve so much more when it comes to my health."

I wasn't willing to accept the common challenges that most Americans suffer from every day.

The changes didn't happen over night. I slowly began to learn that my body was capable of so much more, that symptoms although common, are not necessarily normal. I  began to see them as signs from my body telling me to do something different.

I began getting my spine and nervous system checked for excess stress. I started eating better, doing more yoga, meditating, and focusing on the positive aspects of my life.

Most importantly, I started to love myself and the person I saw in the mirror every day.

I had found a new normal that felt free and in control of my health choices. 

 

At Inspire Life, we desire this for all of our practice members - empowering them in their health choices rather than blindly taking life by chance. 

Love yourself, give yourself what you truly deserve, and as always, keep inspiring!

 

 

 

 

 

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