Winning Hands Massage
Difficult breathing is very common for many, many reasons. Some examples
include chronic bronchitis, a long-term smoker, postural imbalances (such as
contracted PSOAS) that restrict the diaphragm. Over time, adhesions can
develop along the line of the rib cage and the diaphragm muscle, essentially
gluing the diaphragm to the ribs and severely restricting free movement.
Typical bodywork treatments involve cross-fiber friction under the rib cage.
It is not pleasant to receive. In fact, it can be downright painful. It is
effective, yes, but also painful.
much more gentle treatment is called a Diaphragm Release. The hands are
placed just above and just below the breast tissue as illustrated in the
Only enough downward pressure into the chest wall to engage the tissue is
used. Once the tissue is engaged, the hands are slid down toward the feet,
like a Venetian blind.
Coordinating with the breath is absolutely critical. The slide toward the
feet is done on the exhale and in such a way as to COMPLETELY expel all
breath from the lungs. The client is instructed to NOT inhale until told to.
On hearing “Now” they are to take a very sharp, very rapid breath.
Simultaneous with their inhale, the practitioner quickly pulls hands into
the air, off the body. The effect of the stretch and sharp intake of breath
is to produce a “rebound” of the diaphragm muscle along the line of the rib
cage, helping break up the adhesions. This movement is done three times on
each side of the body.
very useful treatment for breathing difficulties is a Polarity Therapy
technique called the Respiratory Regulator. I generally stand to the left so
my left hand is at the neck and my right hand is along the back. This is
also done in coordination with the person’s breathing.
On the inhale, gently squeeze the neck in the C5-C7 area. Relax the grip on
the exhale. During this, the right hand remains stationary along the spine
in roughly the T5-T7 area. The squeeze-relax is repeated until a “release”
is sensed. This might be a gasp, a sigh, a feeling like a muscle relaxing, a
twitch, or any number of things. Once the “release” is sensed, simply keep
both hands in position until a sense of energetic balance is achieved.
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