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THE POWER OF MOVEMENT WITH STRETCHING AND BREATHING

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We know instinctively how important stretching and movement is to our sense of well-being.  We feel how it can help relaxed our muscles, tendons, ligaments, and get our blood moving.  Stretching can also help calm us when we are anxious or fearful.  To work with breathing is most effective when we can experience our breathing in a more intimate way (e.g. such as with our favorite music).

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When we look closely, we will most often find ourselves inhaling as we stretch and exhaling as we release the stretch.  This will loosen our muscles and other tissues.

Let's put your Stretching Movements To Music, and have some fun!!

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1) Listen to the initial couple of beats and once the music begins

2) Breath in slowly and deeply and exhale slowly and deeply (Repeat)

3) Try to breath in sync with the beats of the music

4) Say "Yes" 3 times, moving your head back and forward

5) Say "No" 3 times, move head to the right and to the left

6) Breath in and raised both arms over your head as you inhale

7) And lower them as you exhale (Repeat again)

8) Now lift your right shoulder 4 times and then the left 4 times

9) Now lift both shoulders 4 times

10) Repeat 6 & 7 (The Bird Exercise)

11) Lean forward extending both arms (exhale as you lean forward)

12) Raise both arms over (Inhale) head, and exhale placing both hands on your lap (Neutral position)

13) Listen to the music rhythms and beats

14) Lift right foot 4 times and the left 4 times

15) Lift both feet 4 times

16) Relax and Repeat

Healing Rhythms through breathing and music is a spectrum of complementary and alternative medicine approaches that are believed to be effective for stress reduction. The current evidence indicates that listening to music and breathing has positive effects on physical health.  It is also a great way to improve mood and manage psychological stress.  It is known that blood pressure increases when a person is under emotional stress and tension, but there isn't enough evidence to conclude that psychological interventions aimed at stress reduction can decrease blood pressure in patients with hypertension.

The results of a recent small study suggest that a daily practice of slow breathing (15 minutes a day for eight weeks) and listening to soft music brought about a substantial reduction in stress.

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