The Fundamentals of Well-being - Compass to Health #1 BREATHING

Updated: Oct 8, 2020

“Health is a state of body; Wellness is a state of being” - J. Stanford


Introduction

I am a qualified nurse who has been facilitating wellness for the past 25 years, using an array of healing modalities, such as nutrition, supplementation, functional movement, touch therapies e.g. massage, reflexology, shiatsu, together with energy and plant-based medicines.

Driven by a passion for quality of life, I am a hacker of well-being. Tweaking habits and lifestyle choices towards lighter, cleaner, greener state of living.


Treatment philosophy

The physical body is where all other levels - spiritual, mental and emotional aspects - of our being reside, in this life. Our bodies mirror and express our state of well-being, or lack thereof, on all levels.


The body is a vessel to communicate, not only it’s own needs, but also those of the other aspects.


The body’s state of health, or dis-ease, reflects how much we honour our values, and abilities, as well as our deepest feelings. Our thoughts are able to control our internal environment, e.g. think of the stress response feedback system.


Resources:

Bruce Lipton

Deepak Chopra


Tri-focused approach to healing

These are the pathways to holistic approach to healing and wellness by consideration of each aspect of our be-ing - body, mind & spirit.


It is about the functionality of each of these planes, and the inter-dependence they have upon one another.


Quality & Quantity are key aspects in application.


It is with this multi-pronged approach to treatment, that allows us to introduce the soul plane, of consciousness, into our physical reality, by living in awareness. We are able to super-impose a state of consciousness to our place of dense matter, the body, via the mind.


As above, So below. As without, So within.

Well-Being is a state of harmony between the body, mind & spirit - Nicci B


Compass for Well-being

These are the 4 essential cornerstones to supporting health and wellness and thus promoting well-being. They are the bare minimum we need to survive, and if we focus on these key aspects, we can surthrive;

(quickly, close your eyes and tell me, if we stripped everything away, what are the most important things that we can live without?)

  • Breathing

  • Sustenance

  • Water

  • Food

  • Functional movement

  • Recovery & Rest


Addressing the first cornerstone, as a priority.

We look at the physical, mental/emotional, and spiritual aspects of the process and value of the art of breathing.


THE WHAT - physical aspects of BREATHING


Breathing is an autonomic (involuntary) part of the nervous system.


The primary function of the respiratory system is to provide a route

  • to supply oxygen (inspiration), and

  • to excrete carbon dioxide (expiration).

The structure of the breathing apparatus are the lungs, which are a group of spongy tissue that performs this function.

Located in the thoracic cavity.


Generally, the left side is composed of 2 lobes, while the r