30th Mar 2016

Winds of March, we welcome you.
There is work for you to do.
Work and play and blow all day.
Blow the winter cold away.
Unknown

 Such a simple poem about the winds of March and their purpose. The windy month often leads us to purchase pinwheels and windsocks for the enjoyment of nature’s breath. While nature’s breath has a purpose, our own individual breath is the origin of life and so very important when working on calming anxiety and reducing stress. Within my practice, I have taken a cue from Mother Nature and often use pinwheels to encourage my young clients work on diaphragmatic breathing.  The benefits obtained through diaphragmatic breathing include:

  1. Improves oxygenation
  2. Reduction of tension and tightness
  3. Aids in digestion
  4. Improves core strength
  5. And rebalances the autonomic response system

If you want to feel less anxiety and stress, breathing control is foundational. So, the next time you see a pinwheel for sale, pick one up, harness the power of breathing, and you can “blow the stress away”.

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