Massage & Bodywork

MARCH | APRIL 2018

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A B M P m e m b e r s e a r n F R E E C E a t w w w. a b m p . c o m / c e b y r e a d i n g M a s s a g e & B o d y w o r k m a g a z i n e 31 to consciously healing with our presence. Though we imagine there are infinite presencing superpowers to explore, these three are among our favorites. EASY BREATHING Easy breathing invites the natural currents of our energy and biology to merge and allow us to stay in the flow of what is emerging. As we notice our breath and encourage gentle, easy, and full breaths, we grow our present moment awareness. When our breath slows, our thoughts slow, and we experience more aliveness, sensitivity, creativity, and flow. Each exhalation is an invitation to let go of the past—to release what no longer serves us. And each inhalation is an opportunity to begin anew and reorient our intention toward what most inspires us. Easy breathing also moves us from fear to flow. We can use this same principle while noticing our client's current relationship with stress and tension. Notice how often your clients hold their breath when you're working with an area of vulnerability or applying intense pressure. This is the fear or stress response in action. The good news is we can convert fear into excitement (for ourselves or others) by encouraging easy breathing. In fact, research demonstrates all it takes is three conscious breaths to shift our mind and body from fear to flow—from the fight-or- flight response and into the relaxation response. Presence yourself (or your clients) by imagining you can breathe into an intense sensation, feeling, or experience. Around areas of pain or vulnerability, we often coach our clients, "I know you don't have lungs in your hips (or your feet or low back), but can you send your breath into where you feel the most sensation?" Notice that breathing and expanding your awareness in this way creates more space, softens tension, and opens more opportunities to let go and recreate anew.

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