Jennifer has helped those in chronic pain experience relief through breath work techniques! She has even helped those who suffer from MS pain by teaching them these techniques.
Jennifer Houghton specializes in yoga for people over 50 years old. Many of her clients are coming to yoga for the first time at midlife seeking ways to deal with pain from arthritis, fibromyalgia, surgery, injury, sciatica, and degenerative conditions.
“As a yoga teacher, I specialize in helping people find relief from pain using a unique breathing technique. I put the technique to the test myself last year when I broke a rib and managed to become so relaxed that I fell asleep within minutes!”
Because of their chronic pain they are no longer able to enjoy life – they can’t be active anymore, their sleep is affected, they suffer from the side-effects of pain medication, their relationships are affected, they worry about who will take care of them as they get older.
Breath work is a tool that anyone can use to take control of pain, even if their mobility is limited. Jennifer shares that she loves being able to help people take control of their lives again.
• Most people do not breathe to their full capacity and don’t realize this can add to stress and pain levels. Simply learning to breathe the way we were meant to reduce stress and pain levels.
• When people suffer from chronic pain, the ‘stress response’ aka the fight-or-flight response persists in the body. This causes the nervous system to stay wound up. The nervous system becomes hypersensitive and creates more pain sensations than are necessary. We can take control of the fight-or-flight response by moving from doing shallow, chest breathing into deep slow breathing.
The breath is the one aspect of the fight-or-flight response we have control over. Deep slow breathing sends this message to the nervous system:
• slow the heart rate
• stop producing pain and stress hormones
• start producing relaxation hormones (which block pain hormones)
• relax the muscles
• start digesting
• divert blood and resources back to the immune system, reproductive system, internal organs
Breath work can have a powerful effect not only on stress levels but on pain levels. When chronic pain is present, the nervous system learns to detect smaller problems and send more than normal pain signals back to the brain. With persistent pain, the nerves can act as if normal sensations, like touch, are dangerous. Deep breathing counteracts these responses.
So, although it is not a cure for chronic pain, deep breathing impacts the nervous system and can take the edge off the pain and make life livable again.
Deep breathing also strengthens the diaphragm muscle. Studies have found that people with weak diaphragm muscles are at greater risk of developing back pain and may develop neck and shoulder pain too.
1) the breath is a tool we can use to reduce stress and pain levels – when we recognize the ways we are not breathing to our full capacity, e.g. shallow chest breathing, mouth breathing, fast breathing, only using limited parts of our torsos – we can re-establish our natural ability to breathe deeply
2) strengthening the diaphragm through deep breathing can help reduce back, neck, and shoulder pain
3) doing a 10-minute breathing practice daily is all it takes to make deep breathing a habit and can make a significant impact over time to stress and pain levels
Jennifer leads listeners through a 6-minute breath practice. You will become instantly relaxed and may experience less pain as a result.
To order high-quality supplements:
Jennifer’s Online Courses:
1) The Release Method: Breathe Your Way to Pain Relief – http://www.bountifulyogaandwellness.com/the-release-method-pain-relief/
2) The Posture Project: Build a Better Back – http://www.bountifulyogaandwellness.com/the-posture-project/
BOOK: The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice by T.K.V. Desikachar: http://amzn.to/24I43Q9
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Each herb used in the Good Herbs blends, Dr. Megan explains, are wild crafted or organic, a good indicator of their quality and potency.
Dr. Megan explains that herbs are a safe way to stimulate and support the body’s endocrine system while also supporting the body, and it’s systems, as a whole.
You will also learn when to take your herbal tinctures, how much to take and, most importantly, HOW to take them!
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Sherry is a food philosopher, author, chef, and nutritionist. In Australia Sherry was the Victorian Chair of Nutrition Australia, Melbourne President of Slow Food, Co-Founder of the World Wellness Project, and a TEDxTokyo presenter.
Sherry was once twice her size. She knows food addiction on a personal level and knows how to help others break bad food habits for healthy ones. Sherry practices what she teaches and has obtained amazing health as a result.
As founder of the Return to Food Academy, she trains people to become Food Coaches and through her 7 Day Challenge, she helps individuals gain health by breaking food addiction and learning new ways of eating that are satisfying and healthy. Take Sherry’s 7 Day Food Challenge: https://learntruehealth.com/challenge/
Sherry’s passion is training food coaches to make a living helping people develop a healthy relationship with food, their body and the planet using the philosophies and strategies that she has developed over the last +30 years.
Sherry teaches two lessons from her book during our interview:
1. Nature’s Principle – Nutrition that is most present in our life is what we need the most of. Air and water are the most primary life dependent nutrient. Vegetation (vegetables) are the third. Easier to obtain nuts, seeds and berries are next. Fruit and then animal protein is last. In the wild, we would rather find and cook an egg or a fish than kill, bleed, gut and skin or pluck a chicken or lamb.
If we had to live in nature we would eat much differently. If we think of the hierarchy of how we would eat if we depended on nature we would eat more of the foods that are easy to obtain and less of the foods that are harder to obtain.
2. The Lethal Recipe – How we are producing our food has to lead to a huge rise in “lifestyle” diseases. These diseases are directly from how we eat. Many foods in our grocery store are as processed as heroin or cocaine. It’s artificial, chemical, toxic and void of nutrition.
These foods are refined grains, sugars, oils, salts and chemicals. Also, dairy and soy products are often manipulated until they are unhealthy.
Through the process of making these packaged foods, they denature the nutrition, remove minerals and add addictive chemicals.
Many processed foods that contain these chemicals are what is causing food addiction.
Here’s What You’ll Discover:
Why diets don’t work
Dangers of the cult of thin & fit
The Power of Eating Together
The most vital nutrient deficiency facing mankind
The relationship between food addiction and connection
How does Nature tell us what to eat?
What is the Consumption Concept and how does that philosophy relate to real life?
How to overcome food addiction
Health AH-HA Moment:
There are just as many skinny people who develop diabetes as obese people. Obesity doesn’t cause diabetes, it’s the foods we are eating. Processed foods are highly addictive. Sugar lights up the brain 8x more than cocaine does.
1 – Take Sherry’s 7 Day Food Challenge:
2 – Start looking at your food and ask yourself “Was this produced out of love or fear?” “Am I making this choice because I am loving my body or because I am afraid?”
Was the food manufactured or grown out of love? Think of the chain of custody from seed to your plate. The farmer, grocer, the company that made it and the person that cooked it. Finally, create an environment where you eat surrounded by those who love each other.
Watch Sherry Strong’s TEDx Talk:
Take Sherry’s 7 Day Food Challenge:
BOOK – Return to Food: