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Winter 2008 Newsletter
E-news will come out once a season. We've made discoveries and
have ideas for feeling better and being healthier and more vibrant;
we'll be sending those out as well.
Ready for Winter: Breathe
Winter winds are starting to blow; the
solstice is creeping up on us. Just as we were getting used
to longer days and warmer weather, the days are suddenly shorter.
brings to my mind cozy fires, blankets of snow, hibernation.
recalls animals in caves sleeping, the rise and fall of the breath.
is so important. When we can’t catch our breath,
or our breath catches so can’t fully breath, it is quite
Try this if your breath catches: allow the front
of your chest to gently and organically respond as you depress
shoulder blades) down toward your waist and hold them there,
keeping your shoulders relaxed and away from your ears. Do this
a few times
to fully contract those muscles, then relax without slumping.
Relax and allow your rib cage to expand under your armpits; allow
breath to cause your chest to rise and allow your ribs in the
back to separate and expand.
If this fails, do some comfortable
stretching that your body is asking for and try again. If that
fails, try doing some quick
stimulation and massage along your sternum (where your ribs
come together in the front of your body) and thump your thyroid
under your throat). Relax and breathe; try depressing your
scapula a few more times, exploring how to release the tension
back your breath. Take as full and deep a breath as you can.
Finally, try grabbing your waist and squeezing it, letting
move down your back. This will gently force your chest open
and can relax the implicated back muscles (usually the posterior
Using these little techniques can be a great
way to relax just before falling asleep at night- our mini hibernation.
Winter, here we come.
E-news tip of the
season: Eat more raw fruits
and vegetables even though it’s winter. We evolved eating
far more raw food than we do these days. Raw foods have enzymes
in them that supplement the enzymes we produce in our gut. We don’t
actually produce enough enzymes for proper digestion. Therefore,
we need to eat raw in order to properly digest. Eat raw with every
meal to keep our digestive system and your colon healthy.
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