On average, a person at rest breathes (or respirates) 9 times per minute. At least that’s my rate and I’m no yogi so I’m guessing I’m about average. This means we breathe in and out around 540 times per hour, that’s, 12,960 breaths a day, 4,730,400 a year.
From birth to death, it’s automatic, a unconscious reflex controlled by the reptilian brain. As old as evolution itself. So how the hell can we be getting it so wrong that its doing us harm?
A person who lives to 90 will take over to 425 million breaths in their lifetime.
And If you are doing something that can cause you harm 425 million times you can be pretty sure that it’s going to do you a LOT of harm.
Hi, and welcome to Movement Habits That Harm and How To Kick Them
or MHTH&HTKT for short..(slightly)
Part of what I do in my daily practice as a Rolfer and manual therapist is to work with my hands on the client. Using various types of touch, I attempt to move fluid around the body, unstick fascial layers, talk nicely to neural pathways and coax frightened, tight muscles to let go.
The other part of my job is to notice postural and movement patterns. Particularly those that are causing pain and discomfort. When I notice these "unhelpful habits" my job is then to help the client experience new more helpful movement options. Sometimes we begin this movement work during the treatment. Most often though the habit needs a little more time to change. So I give my clients new movement experiments as homework, to practice between treatments. After 18 years of being asked, “could you maybe email me instructions for the homework?” I had a lightbulb moment
I’m Keith and I’m a graduate of the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute. I've also been a student of Tai chi for nearly 40 years .
As an Advanced Rolfer and Rolf movement coach, I help people to live more easily in their bodies. By learning how to align with gravity's flow my clients begin to move more easily and with less pain.
As a Tai Chi Instructor I teach how to to find your line of balance, how to let go of unnecessary tension and to find the safe, still centre deep within us all from which all truly free movement springs.
I thought that some of the information and experience I have collected over the years might be useful to pass on! So here we go. I sincerely hope that you find something of benefit for your life amongst my ramblings.