Deep breathing the best for Seniors



In his book  Bodymind, Psychologist Ken Dychtwald, PhD. as a co-director of SAGE, the highly acclaimed health center for the elderly explains it this way:

“I and others experimented with a variety of growth techniques and practices in an attempt to revitalized the minds and bodies of older men and women. Among the practices that we experimented with were relaxation training, electromyograph biofeedback, deep breathing, hatha yoga, bodymind awareness exercises, massage, Feldenkrais exercises, individual counselling, meditation, T’ai Chi, music therapy, and Gestalt therapy. After the first year of practice and research we interviewed the participants about which techniques seemed to be most effective for each of them in the restoration of emotional energy, physical well-being, and feelings of interpersonal connected-ness.

The answer was almost unanimous: DEEP BREATHING. How remarkable that a process so simple could wield such profound power and have such possibilities for people who are more exaggeratedly blocked than many of us younger folks. My experience with these people has overwhelmingly reconfirmed my belief that the degree to which we allow the flow of life to breathe through our bodymind profoundly influences the degree to which we are in fact “alive”, regardless of age.”

Some Health Benefits of Breathing using the Diaphragm

Benefits of diaphragmatic breathing:

  • live longer, be more positive & keep performing at your best
  • detoxifies and releases toxins from your body
  • releases tension
  • relaxes the mind/body and brings clarity
  • relieves pain
  • massages organs
  • strengthens the immune system
  • improves posture
  • improves quality of the blood
  • increases digestion and assimilation of food
  • strengthens the lungs and nervous system
  • makes the heart stronger
  • assists in weight control
  • can take you on your spiritual path
  • balances the breath with the energy

Benefits of The Dolly Lammy:

  • helps you with all of the above

From the archives…

July 12th, 2011:

Greetings, readers! Today we have a surprise for you: a brand-new video!

Meet Bob. Bob’s a busy guy, and busy can often mean stressed. Find out how Bob learns to deal with stress in the workplace: with the help of his new breathing buddy, The Dolly Lammy.

Welcome to The Dolly Lammy Blog

benefits of deep breathingOur world is in the midst of profound change. Old systems are falling apart and new ones are forming. Stress is on the rise and many of us feel overwhelmed with day to day pressures. It can sometimes feel as if life is spinning out of control.

Despite the stresses of life in the 21st century – we have our breath.

Regardless of sex, race, religion, profession, or philosophy this commonality binds us. It’s through the breath that we can effectively manage stress and I believe, if done consistently, can help each of us find our own inner peace.
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