Relax Now for Ease Later

March 10, 2021  |  by Sheryl Rapée-Adams  |  no comments yet  | 

You don’t lift weights to get better at lifting weights. At least, I don’t. I exercise to be stronger and move better throughout my life.

That’s what Massage Vermont offers: We’ll lead you in breathing “reps” that soothe your nervous system, energize you, and improve your cardiovascular health.

In each 45-minute virtual session, we’ll address your needs and goals with gentle techniques. You’ll notice effects immediately. But the point of doing breathwork reps is to breathe better all the time, not just when doing exercises. So we’ll teach you how to do them on your own, and you can return to us for guidance as needed.

From Anxiety Free by Patrick McKeown, president of Buteyko Professionals International. Sheryl and Chris are certified in the Buteyko Clinic Method (CERTBBM).

Progress is nonliner. You know this if you’ve ever climbed a mountain. You see the peak ahead. You see it getting closer. Yet at times your path takes you downhill on your way up.

So how long does it take to make lasting change? Most sources say at least two months of regular practice.

Being literally creatures of habit means we don’t have to remember to breathe, make the heart beat, or digest food. Imagine if we did! When you make breathwork a daily practice, it changes the habits of your autonomic (involuntary) nervous system. That level of change should happen slowly.

Changing breathing habits you may have formed ages ago, habits that no longer serve you, is profound. The path forward is nonlinear, sometimes steep, often down before up.

Then one day you move beyond the plateau. You notice that you climbed the stairs and are still breathing easy. Your performance in vigorous activity improves. You realize that you can slow and calm your breath, and it has the same effect on your thoughts and sensations.

The beautiful peak is a whole lot closer. And you continue on.