Why Believe When We Can Know?
Thank you Stanford. Years ago, when asked about Buteyko by a Neurologist in the US, I described it as a technical explanation, as to why Yogic breathing has always worked.
Prof. Buteyko and the Yogis were looking for different things, but they separately found the same answers.
We all need boffins and while we may ‘know’ things, we therapists need scientists to demonstrate exactly how things work. Knowing, means we are not reliant on belief.
Read more here.
A Positive Look at Inflammation
Whaaat? a positive look at inflammation. Really?
Yep, the positive bit relates to the fact that so many researchers, at so many universities are looking at how inflammation is involved in much of what happens in our bodies, as part of our immune response.
We know that it (inflammation) is a good thing and can turn into a bad thing. What we are getting to grips with is how that happens, and what we can do about it.
Here’s a useful and easy breakdown, in a BBC programme. In the meantime, keep eating that chilli, ginger, turmeric and black pepper.
Move More, Live Better
Now I know and anyone who’s seen me try knows that I cannot dance. Dance however is a fantastic route to health and well being and English National Ballet, The Ballet Boyz and Roehampton University are behind a piece of significant research on its benefits.
For those interested, the link is here.
The Ballet Boyz studio in Kingston runs classes. Check them out.
I was asked to write a blog piece for the forthcoming CamExpo in London, where I’m speaking. They posed a question for us to respond to thus; “In 2015 the top five causes of stress internationally, are said to be; money, self-pressure, lack of sleep, work-load and health. What do you think is the best treatment that practitioners can offer their clients suffering with stress?”
Having pondered the question, I wondered if we are approaching stress from the wrong angle, so I wrote….
Stress is so often treated as a problem, as though it’s an illness that we can treat. It’s a natural response, it’s part of us and how we work. Without it, no species can compete and Darwin’s theory falls flat on its face. Without it, no Olympic Golds, no iPhone, no ‘better’ anything.
A brief radio clip on some new Asthma diagnostics, which could prove very valuable.
Before your brain tells you, “you can’t do that”, consider what just might be possible.
For anyone feeling that exercise of any sort with your mouth closed is too difficult. Difficult perhaps, but possible for anyone.
This man is 105 and runs the 100m in 42 secs, without being out of breath at the end. That is the efficiency of good breathing.
Watch here and be inspired.
Keep On Moving. It's That Simple.
As therapists, we usually find ourselves repeating the instruction to move more. We know it makes sense, we know it works. It works biomechanically, it produces endorphins, it enables and empowers and that is hugely healing in itself.
We sometimes struggle to carry ‘weight’ in our conviction (in the absence of medical ‘evidence’). Our clients are often given pain killers and told to rest, by their GPs. How can we get past this ‘clinical’ advice and get our message across?
Yesterday, I was going to write a response to the announcement that as the NHS is already in debt crisis, big pharma’s proposal is to sell it and us, ‘wellness medication’. However, my colleague and therapist Jo Scrimshaw had already written an excellent response, which I give you here.
A sweeping generalisation perhaps, but if in doubt, ask your MP what they have done in the past year to address the amount of sugar in food sold in the UK.
MPs may care about their children’s health, or your children’s health (in theory), but not enough to stand up to the sugar lobby or actually do anything.
Dance for Parkinson's
As an update on Becky Trevitt’s super programme of dance for those with Parkinson’s. She has sent me this very uplifting video of their work in action I will make the research results available when I can.
All the best, Declan
Declan Clark has been a therapist for 30 years. With understanding of the body, an interest in fascia, and as a Buteyko Breathing Educator, Declan brings things together to help people live better lives.