Returning to Youthful Spine – Part 1

by Rucsandra Mitrea

Whole Body Health

When it comes to dealing with the spine and its health, we find ourselves trapped in fear and misconceptions. We’re scared by terms like degenerative disc disease, protruding discs, kyphosis and scoliosis.

We’re also confused by a term like injury prevention and aren’t sure what it really means. We are guided to do some exercises, but discouraged to do others. We are told that some of the discomfort we might feel is due to the aging process. We are told to take anti-inflammatory and pain killers and to limit our movement until the discomfort subsides. And if we have actually suffered a spinal injury, we feel that we’ve been sentenced to a long and hard recovery and sometimes to a lifetime of pain. Continue reading

THE BODY SCAN

No equipment and no special location are necessary in order to do a body scan. Start by sitting on a chair or on the floor and quickly assess if there is any tension anywhere in your body; feel how your head sits on your neck and if your shoulders are relaxed or not. Do not judge or try to explain what you feel, just gather the information your body is offering to you.

Next lie down and start breathing, inhaling and exhaling through the nose. Keep your knees bent or straight, depending on what feels more comfortable for your body. Start feeling that your body is becoming very heavy and allow your muscles to relax. This is not a relaxation exercise, even though you will feel more relaxed at the end of it. It is a body scan: you are gathering information about how your body feels as a whole and how everything in your body feels as separate entities. This exercise will allow you to create a partnership between the body and the mind in order to exercise your body in a more conscious context. Continue reading

BODY AWARENESS

 

How many times do you begin your workouts with an internal body scan? Do you breathe and feel how your body is doing in that particular moment? Do you take a few minutes to get in touch with your own body and then start your workout from an informed perspective?

If you do, than you know that this is maybe the most important part of a workout or training session.

If you do not, then it is time to start exercising your body in a more conscious manner. At this point you might ask why such a step is necessary or even dismiss it from the start as a waste of time and stop reading the remainder of the article. If you feel compelled to do just that, I will ask you to remember a time when you got injured during a workout or a running or cycling session.

With the understanding that learning to listen to the physical body is of utmost importance for every day life, general health and well being, learning to do a body scan is of equal importance. Knowing what feels tight, weak or out of alignment before engaging in any physical activity will influence the workout routine, its duration and its intensity.

Working out within the paradigm of respect and cooperation with the body will lead to faster results. Most importantly, working out while understanding the signals and messages coming from the body will prevent most of the injuries acquired due to lack of awareness.

In the next post I will guide you through a body scan.

Breathing and Your Spine

 

Can breathing exercises improve the condition of your spine and relieve pain? Is it possible to use the mechanisms of breathing in order to help correct the alignment of the spine and release tension in the body?

I believe that it is not only possible but extremely efficient. Working for 20 years with the human body and continuosly studying the intricacies of the physical body, the subtleties of the emotional body and the power of the human energy field led me to develop my own protocols (Mitrea Balance Model) for rebalancing and realigning the physical body. Breathing techniques and exercises represent an important part in the programs I create for my clients. The targeted and specifically directed breathing techniques and exercises that I have developed have the power to release tension at the level of the connective tissue (the fascia), the muscular system, as well as at the level of the nervous system, resulting in an almost immediate response in the joints of the body. From that point on, the body is more receptive to build strength, to stretch and to heal.

Can breathing exercises help you heal physical pain, release unwanted emotions and rebalance your energy field? Absolutely!

The Healing Breath Technique, part of the Mitrea Balance Model is the focus of  a seminar that I will teach in March 2012 for clients and health practitioners who want to employ the healing power of breath in their own lives and in the lives of others.