Our first Buteyko workshop went very well. Two asthmatics, one emphysaemic and one person with seasonal hayfever escalating to asthma all decided to give it a try. Over five days they learned the art of better breathing, and all felt that they had had huge benefits. It will take perserverance from them, and a little courage, but they will succeed. All have learned that they can overcome their challenges by: learning to remain calm, learning how to stay in control, and discovering how breathing quietly and gently through their noses makes an enormous difference to their health! For more info on Buteyko in South Africa: www.buteyko.co.za
Hello again everyone
I wanted to share this newsletter from Jennifer Starke of the Buteyko Institute for Breathing and Health in Australia and New Zealand. Jennifer may be persuaded to come out to Cape Town next year and teach the practical component of the Buteyko Breathing method for asthma. The Buteyko course for health practitioners costs AU$4000.00, but this does not include travel and accomodation for the trainer, the costs of which can be shared by participants. The theory part can be completed via correspondence, and the practical must be observed and completed with her over ten days, observing how she works with patients. We would like to set up a free “clinic” for a minimum of 20 asthma sufferers, to teach them to control their asthma with minimal use of drugs. The Buteyko Method has been clinically trialed in several double-blind placebo trials, in the UK, Australia and NZ. The results were astounding. Over 90% reduced their intake of broncho-dilators and over 40% reduced their intake of steroid preventors. Buteyko is not an “alternative” treatment which insists that asthma sufferers go without medication. It is an empowering tool to help asthma sufferers to better control symptoms, thereby reducing their reliance on medication. Jennifer needs ten people to commit to doing the course, before she can come to SA. Let me know if you are interested: clickholistic @ gmail.com
Better Breathing = Better Health
By Jennifer Stark
– The Cures that Kill?
– The Asthma – Sleep Apnoea Link
– Introduce Yourself to Buteyko
– The Buteyko View-point on Food
– Buteyko Practitioner Training in Australia, North America and the UK
– Refresher Courses
– Buteyko Tip of the Season
The claim that 80% of asthma-related deaths are due to the regular use of bronchodilators is a serious charge made by Cornell, Stanford researchers lead by Shelley and Edwin Salpeter. The research team states that the prime culprits are long-acting bronchodilators, such as Serevent and Oxis (Oxese). And even when combined with the steroids Flixotide (Flovent) or Pulmicort to form Seretide (Advair) or Symbicort, these drugs are still thought to be potentially dangerous.
So much so that in North America the Food Drug Adminstration (FDA) has listed them with a “black box warning”, which is the strongest warning that can be applied without banning the drug altogether. Because of this strong warning, in the USA it is rare to find people using more than one puff of these medications more than once a day. In Australia and New Zealand however, this is certainly not the case as people are regularly prescribed two puffs twice a day as if our asthmatic people are somehow different to their US counterparts.
It is not that long ago that people were dying in large numbers from asthma that was attributed to the over-use of bronchodilators in New Zealand. Let’s hope that this does not happen again. If you are prescribed a long-acting bronchodilator, with or without an inhaled steroid, perhaps you could ask your doctor how this is going to improve your health in the future.
We are frequently told by users of these medications that while they no longer have as many asthma symptoms, they are less able to physically perform as well as they used to. This means that walks they used to find easy are now more difficult, or they seem to have more fatigue today than they had two years ago. In many instances these people are now experiencing something that seldom was seen in conjunction with asthma: they are experiencing sleep apnoea.
The Asthma – Sleep Apnoea Link
“My daughter now enjoys a solid sleep, no more middle-of-the-night coughing and waking. She is also enjoying sports and participates more.” Carol
Asthma has long been linked to poor sleep, and may have a problem with snoring, but before long-acting bronchodilators came on the scene, the person would wake during the night needing to take a short-acting bronchodilator, such as Ventolin. So the snoring that dries and cools airways as well as causing a loss of carbon dioxide, would waken asthmatics as their breathing became laboured. With the use of long-acting bronchodilators, this airway irritation is more likely to be masked, and as the airways become increasingly cooled, and dried, they typically respond by increasing mucus production and swelling.
As the airway narrows more than usual, and because the throat muscles are extremely relaxed during sleep, it becomes increasingly likely that the airway will collapse due to the excessive upper-chest breathing that is linked to snoring. When the airway is sucked closed in Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, no air can enter or leave the lungs, making an ‘apnoea’ or abnormally long pause in breathing.
In addition to this, more carbon dioxide than usual is being exhaled as the person breathes faster or more forcefully than normally occurs during sleep, and when there is a minute but sudden drop in carbon dioxide, the breathing slows or even stops for a short period of time until the concentration gets back to its usual level. Both the collapsed airway and the passive pause in breathing raise carbon dioxide and lower oxygen, but because the person is asleep it takes a little while for the brain to realise that this is happening. After a time the person momentarily wakens long enough to re-start the breathing, but usually not long enough to register the wakening. This happens so many times a night that on waking, the person often feels more tired than before they went to bed. Day-time fatigue, headaches, brain fog and lacking of stamina are common symptoms of sleep apnoea.
“Before my Buteyko course, my husband woke me to stop snoring until he got to sleep. Now he wakes me to see if I am still alive and breathing. I can’t win!” Althea
Introduce Yourself to Buteyko
Instead this book that is easy to read without any prior knowledge of anatomy or biochemistry, sets out clearly how breathing can adversely affect your health, it explains the whys and wherefores of the Buteyko method, and it also gives you plenty of tips to make improvements. The book can be purchased through our website http://www.buteyko.co.nz/products/default.cfm for $25.
The Buteyko View-point on Food
Probably every Buteyko practitioner will bring a little of him or herself to this part of a Buteyko course because everyone has an opinion about diet and this opinion does not necessarily reflect what Professor Buteyko found in his research. When we had the privilege of spending time with Professor Buteyko, we found that he ate and drank in moderation almost anything that was placed on the table. The only thing that he seemed violently opposed to was chocolate. We received the understanding that this was to be considered the worst food in the world, and if your children have not eaten chocolate, then teach them that it is a punishment to do so in the hope that they will not develop a liking for it.
Moderation appears to be the key to any sensible diet because we all need sustenance but an over-supply is unnecessary. The Buteyko rule is easy to remember: eat when you are hungry and stop eating when you have had enough. This sounds simple enough, but social occasions often cause us to eat out of politeness; and boredom, stress, or fatigue often stimulate the appetite as a distraction.
Professor Buteyko found that eating cooked food increased the breathing more than eating raw food, and eating easily-digested proteins increased the breathing most of all. Perhaps then the best advice is that while trying to maintain a well-balanced diet, aim to eat these types of foods sparingly:
· When you are unwell
· Before bedtime
· When you feel a little wheezy or tight-chested
· Before an important meeting, such as a job interview or a presentation.
When hyperventilation is entrenched, the kidneys regularly dump bicarbonate ions, and when they do this they also excrete positive ions or cations, such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphates. Without an adequate supply of these minerals, the body has a tough time maintaining good health, and so using unprocessed, fully mineralised sea salt in cooking is an easy way of replenishing them.
‘I not only learnt about my breathing, I learnt about my diet, my body and myself. The course is excellent. The things Russell told me in 5 days my doctor had failed to mention in years.” Hayley
Buteyko Practitioner Training in Australia, North America and the UK
Teaching the Buteyko method is challenging and interesting as well as enormously rewarding, and with approximately 15% of the entire world’s population having asthma and the same with a snoring problem, there are plenty of people who would benefit from learniing to have better breathing. If you want to find out about the training then email Jennifer on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about courses in Australia, North America and also in the UK.
“Since the first Buteyko course and refresher course, my asthma is under control without drugs. I breathe through my nose 80% of my waking hours. Buteyko is a new life for people who suffer from asthma”. Robert
Don’t be shy about emailing or phoning to say that you need a bit of help with your breathing. We offer free refresher courses to anyone who has attended our courses. If we don’t have a course running in the near future, then we will try to help you by email or by phone.
“Well worth doing. I had forgotten some of the exercises after a few months – was glad I could do a refresher.” Leila
Buteyko Tip of the Season
With people staying indoors for longer periods each day in the northern hemisphere due to cold weather, increased outbreaks of viruses are likely. Your nose is a wonderful germ-filter, so use it to breathe through as much as you can. Make it a personal challenge to breathe only through your nose for a whole day, and when you have mastered that, aim for a whole week. Those living in the southern hemisphere should remember that heat is a powerful breathing stimulant, so keep as cool as you can.
The Buteyko Works Team
I often find myself as a Holistic Health Practitioner, having to tell clients that I am not a “Therapist”, and that I don’t offer “treatments”. It shouldn’t really matter, right? A rose by any other name still smells as sweet…however, it does matter – and the reason is that I can be accused of practising MEDICINE without a license.
What? But medicine doesn’t even enter into what I do!
In terms of the Medical Scope of Practice Act, the word “therapy” may be seen to imply that that a diagnosis has been made and that a treatment is being given for that specifically diagnosed ailment. That is why a “therapeutic massage therapist”, for example, is required to be registered with the Allied Health Professions Council of SA. In fact, anyone offering anything of a “therapeutic” nature is required to be registered.
Another interesting section to the Act, is the implication that recommending ANYTHING can be seen as “prescribing” – another thing that only registered Medical professionals may do. Even if what you are “prescribing” is not medicine – in terms of the Act, it is still illegal.
Do yourself a favour and get to grips with the terminology – it may save your practice in the future as regulations toughen up regarding these issues. i’d really like to hear your thoughts on this – please comment below, or send me an e-mail.
November sees many new workshops and opportunities for learning. I was asked to bring these messages to you regarding a few workshops on offer:
The first is a workshop titled: “A Return to Original Innocence”, facilitated by Jenny Brown. Phone Cell: 082 872 0376 to book.
Day 1: November 7th 2009 10h00-17h00
1st Ray of Will and Power – Alpha Centauri
2nd Ray of Love-Wisdom – Venus
4th Ray of Harmony through Conflict – Lyra
5th Ray of Concrete Knowledge – Arcturus
Day 2: November 14th 2009 10h00-17h00
9th Ray of Highest Potentials – Chiron
10th Ray of Divinity – Pleiades
11th Ray of Illumined Truth – Meldek
13th Ray of Solar Service – Antares
Day 3: November 21st 2009 10h00-17h00
14th Ray of Interstellar Service – Alcyone
15th Ray of Galactic Service – Sirius
16th Ray of Intergalactic Service – Andromeda
17th Ray of Universal Service – Orion
Here’s a taste of what you can expect:
First ray of Will and Power – Alpha Centauri
In this guided visualization, you are going to travel in an external Merkaba Vehicle of Light to the etheric of Alpha Centauri, which holds the predominate energy signature of the first ray of Will and Power through the Alpha Centaurian Co-Creative Council of Twelve. You will be assisted by your Alpha Centaurian Higher Self of the Light, the archetypes related to first ray of Will and Power, and Overlighted by Chohan El Moyra, Archangel Michael, Faith and Khamuel, and Elohim Hercules and Amazonia. This process will clear any issues related to abuse and misuse of power as you find the symbols related to this ray, and through this, embody the associated magical images. Following this, you will be taken to the Ascension Seat in Alpha Centauri, where you will merge with the archetypes related to this ray, as well as your Alpha Centaurian Higher Self of the Light. You will take back your power and step into a deeper level of trust, surrender and union with the Divine.
For further information on the Return to Original Innocence Program see www.pleiadianlight.net
The second is a course offered by Felicity Aronson, Astrologer, to help you get to grips with Astrology and Numerology, and to assist with finding your “life signature”. Phone 021 – 790 – 5231 to book. Or e-mail felicity FARRON22@yahoo.COm remember to use lower case when addressing the mail.
There’s also a Hout Bay Wellness Fair at the Health Path, Vitoria Avenue Hout Bay on 7th November 2009.
Have an abundant month!
Steps to acheiving your Goals, A Retreat for Women Who Dare and Aromatherapy Courses with a Difference
Clickholistic turns One next month and to thank you for being a loyal friend, I’ve decided to hold a special competition to celebrate – and you can win just by taking part. Thirteen people who send the most inspired ending to the following sentence: “Holistic Health is………” will win a gift. E-mail your entry to email@example.com before the 20 June 2009. The first three winners will win a signed copy of Lehla Eldridge’s “Lovely Book” (for more info go to: www.lovelybooks.co.za) in the post. The other ten winners will receive a link to download a copy of one Dr. Arien VD Merwe’s amazing books. So get typing!
Is your business succeeding as you would like? Are you following your heart and thriving, or are you paddling upstream, trying to make ends meet every month doing something you aren’t inspired to do?
NLP coach and trainer, Jevon D’Angeli, tells us in this month’s edition of Clickholistic, what it takes to get on the road to success.
The First & Final Step to Success
What’s your track record of sticking to your commitments and achieving your goals?
Well, here’s why goals fail and what you can do about it:When we learn to take personal response-ability for how we deal with each experience as it unfolds, we’ll be well on our way to success mastery.Jevon Dängeli – NLP / HNLP Trainer & Wellness Coach
Most people set goals which they think will help them to feel better about themselves, make them happier, fulfilled, excited or relaxed. The problem lies in that nothing outside ourselves can ever provide us with a sustainable means of experiencing the internal mental and emotional states that we seek.
Although the attainment of an external goal may briefly provide the internal state which is really what we’re after, the novelty soon wears off. We therefore keep chasing illusive outcomes and life becomes a rat race that we never win. Goals don’t work when what you’re attempting to accomplish by setting goals is not something that can be accomplished by goals, i.e. to avoid feeling undesired mental and emotional states.
Often the goals we set up for ourselves are distractions from what we fear most in our lives! So we keep moving away from what we don’t want (fear), and continue setting new goals to avoid experiencing the negative emotions which we drag along with us anyway. Probably the greatest undercurrent of all fears is our fear of the unknown, of uncertainty. So we go about setting goals, planning and organizing our lives in a hopeless attempt to avoid the inevitable. The solution: Become comfortable with uncertainty!
If you want to grow, develop and thrive in this day and age, then uncertainty is necessary – it’s a natural order in life. It’s out of uncertainty that new possibilities, opportunities and creativity energy arise. Most people set goals to escape uncertainty, and in so doing deprive themselves of the very experience that they seek to have.
“Man can learn nothing except by going from the known to the unknown.”
– Claude Bernard
When one learns to embrace uncertainty, life takes on a new meaning and we begin to identify the purpose and value of each experience. Be curious about the gifts awaiting you on the other side of uncertainty. Accept the uncertainty – accept the gift.
If you want to achieve your goals, make sure they’re authentic. An authentic goal is one which only you are responsible for. It doesn’t depend on other people or external circumstances. It’s the desire and intention to experience yourself in a particular way. People and situations may point you in a certain direction, but these are only indicator goals along the way to the achievement of an authentic goal.
Think of an indicator goal as a road sign, rather than the destination you are trying to get to. The indicator goal is only the sign or map. It is NOT the territory. One of my teachers used to remind us to beware of driving into the sign!
Be aware that you’re not setting your goal to avoid the very experience that life might have in store for you – such that you can move in the direction of your desires. For only when you can be with your life exactly as it is do you have the choice to change its direction. And changing direction is a mark of flexibility – one of the key ingredients in achieving your authentic goal. If, for example, happiness is your goal, then start by doing the things and changing your environment to how they will be when you are happy. And if that isn’t making you happier, then change the way you’re doing it until you’re being the person which you wish to become. Remain committed to achieving happiness and flexible as to how you go about it.
Remember the wisdom of the Chinese adage “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Quit focusing on the “thousand miles” part and shift your attention to the step you’re on. It’s only on this step, here and now, where you can experience your authentic goal. In any case an effective strategy to achieve more materialistic desires stems from the energy and focus which you’re cultivating on every step of your journey.
Each successive step along our way through life appears as a result of the thoughts, mental pictures and actions taken in our previous steps. Therefore we are constantly attracting the people and circumstances which are there for us to learn from in order for us to progress. If we refuse the learning and don’t take accountability, then similar situations continue to show up and nudge us along. We’re either successfully achieving the results that we want, or we’re successfully achieving the results that we don’t want!
Eventually we wake up, lock our focus on what we want (as opposed to what we don’t want), become flexible, begin behaving the part of that which we desire and therefore experience it!
It’s no wonder that Mahatma Gandhi said we must be the change that we want to see in the world. It’s the only chance the world has, and the only chance we have of achieving our authentic goals.
In my opinion our greatest opportunity for success in life is where we are each and every moment. It’s the step we’re on!
How are you going to bring about what you want to be, do and have right now?
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Soul Tools for Modern Woman
TIME OUT FOR WOMEN WHO DARE
Once a month Waterdown Health Farm and Spa organizes art, health and spiritual healing retreats for women who dare to reconnect with their bodies and souls. This retreat can also be arranged for any group: private or workplace; at your convenience and a venue of your choice.
Waterdown Health Farm and Spa is an integrative health and healing facility tucked away in a valley on a 22 hectare farm in Mpumalanga. About 3.5 km from the main road between Nelspruit and White River surrounded by abundant birdlife, rocks and a stream running through it, Waterdown is a hidden sanctuary that provides an opportunity to step back from work and reconnect with the heartbeat of the Earth. Integrating the healing power of nature, art, ritual, healthy eating, holistic massage, meditation and counseling, Waterdown seeks to find a deeper meaning of health that goes beyond the physical.
“Soul tools for Modern Woman” Retreat is facilitated by Mmatshilo Motsei and Dr Arien van der Merwe assisted by other therapists (art, movement, massage). Using deep relaxation exercises, painting, music, story telling, movement and meditation, the retreat is designed to create a quite, loving and caring space for women to rest, reflect and rejuvenate. By participating in a circle of love and delightful attention, women retrace their steps back to their magnificence.
Ms Motsei is a psychology graduate, Afrikan spiritualist, author and poet who spent the past two decades working as a counselor, trainer and consultant working mainly on personal empowerment for women across Afrika, North America and Europe. As part of her own healing process, Ms Motsei published a book titled Hearing Visions Seeing Voices in 2004.
Dr Arien van der Merwe is a medical doctor, author, health & wellness coach, Fellow of Royal Society of Public Health and Member of the International Stress Management Association. She works as a mind-body facilitator, spiritual teacher, health coach and skills development facilitator in the field of health and wellness. She is well known for her integrative approach in discovering blockages in the human energy system which leads to physical, emotional and spiritual disease.
Because of the intensity of the retreat, only 10 women can be accommodated. For more information and/or bookings send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Positive Health is an Academy of Massage and Aromatherapy. Although we focus on massage classes for relaxation and release of the 3 T’s – tension, tightness and toxins – and later diplomas in massage, because POSITIVE TOUCH IS ESSENTIAL FOR HEALTH, we will also be providing classes on other complementary therapies, which will all lead to Positve Health.
Our latest offerings are two workshops on Nutrition, presented by well-known Registered Dietician, Annelie Smith, who has had 13 years experience in solving Nutrition ‘problems’ and, from her work over the years, has developed a special interest in our relationships with food, how we sabotage living a full and healthy life by the food choices we make, and how we can change those patterns. Her first workshop is on 23rd May and the second will be on 20th June at the Wellness Centre in Llandudno.
Other courses will become available over the months and it is suggested that the website www.positivehealth.co.za is regularly looked at for course updates.
A family member recently went on the Landmark Forum’s 3-day weekend course. She came back very inspired and energised. She is the kind of person who has never much been into this sort of thing, but had made many attempts at psychological “self-help” in some form or another over the years. She came back with a new language. She talked about living “authentically”, about giving up her “rackets”, terms which did not sound at all like her. She insisted that if she had had the money she would enrol everyone she knew. She herself had been enrolled by a friend who had insisted she attend. This friend also paid for half the fees. I had no idea what the Landmark Forum was about. (The family member was unable to give me a unbiased opinion.) So I “Googled” it.
Lo and behold – heaps and heaps of sites appeared – many worth checking out, although some were disturbing as they suggest that the Landmark Education Forum is a scam. I do want to say, for the record, that I am happy that the family member attended the course and that this person did find alot of value in it – but then, her expectations were not unrealistic.
My own (google) investigation revealed the following:
Landmark Education Forum is a business. It was bought in 1991 by the associates of it’s founder, Walter Erhard, (previously John Paul Rosenberg), after he began to get some bad press. All Guru’s get bad press so I won’t go into the details – you can Google it yourself if you are interested.
Erhard developed a “Large Group Awareness” training that became known as EST (Erhard Seminars Training) in 1971. It was a part of the Human Potential Movement and involved intensive 15 – 20 hour seminars over a number of days with huge groups of people.
Those critical of EST called it brainwashing. EST was very goal oriented, as is the LEF. Participants are made to take responsibility for their lives, get on with the future and not “live in the past”. They are encouraged, while attending the seminar, to telephone or contact people who they feel they have unfinished business with – in some cases to confront that person and open communication with them. Which, I suppose, is great – especially for people who are truly “stuck” and unable to get on with their lives because of some minor thing that has been blown out of proportion. But there are those who feel that this could be dangerous for some people – especially if they have been abused and have no support structures around them to help them through the trauma after they have come away from the Forum.
“I participated at Landmark Education for 6 years and have to admit it made a huge difference in my life. I also had some bad experiences at LEC, especially with their staff and other leaders. I found the negative experiences to be shame-based and that there was a hierarchy that had to do with power and dominating an individual. Any time I questioned an individual above me, I was told I wasn’t accepting their coaching. They never looked at the possibility that they might be contributing to the situation.”
“What disturbs me is the fact that they used bright fluorescent lighting with no windows, didn’t allow food or drink in the room, and required such long hours. Hell, if you sit in a fluorescent-drenched, stuffy room for three days and nights, with little hydration and no [unsupervised] communication with the people there, you will probably believe just about anything.”
“I went to the Landmark Forum, but walked out an hour before the end of the first night. I am a social worker with a background in psychology, a master’s degree and am currently working on my LCSW. The manner in which individuals were treated at the Landmark was shocking. I can’t believe that I sat through hours of watching the facilitator humiliate individuals. They chastised me numerous times for ‘sticking out’ and making problems for the volunteers. It is scary that no one was allowed to be by themselves for long periods of time or deviate from the Forum rules in any manner. They said that the reason I wanted to leave was due to my ‘rackets.’ But the Forum seemed similar to cult recruitment and I demanded a refund. They said my money would be refunded, but I ‘me still waiting. I can’t believe that I allowed myself to attend something like the Landmark Forum.”
These are comments that I have copied from Rick Ross’s website (see previous posts) regarding the Landmark Forum. Although I have never attended their seminars, and therefore cannot give a properly informed opinion, the idea of sitting in a room with over a 100 people for more than twelve hours at a stretch over a few days is a bit off-putting. The best article I came across was by a journalist named Karin Badt. She claims in her article, “Inside the Landmark Forum” (www.huffingtonpost.com/karin-badt/inside-the-landmark-forum_b_90028.html ) that she really found the Landmark Education Forum to be helpful. She found their methods of marketing (by persuading attendees to recruit their friends and family) off-putting. She felt their critism of critical thinking problematic. But she didn’t knock it entirely. It’s a good article, I urge you to read it.
If you have attended, I’m interested to hear your comments.
And a bit of wisdom from the folks at “Living In -Formation”, which I think sums it up nicely:
Every behaviour has a positive intention…
If you’re willing to look behind any behaviour, yours or another’s, you’ll find that the original motivating value is positive and purposeful. If the behaviour is a negative or unwanted one, then you can explore alternative and healthier ways of satisfying the value which the behaviour is trying to fulfill. If someone has done something which you find unacceptable, then aim to discover the positive intention behind this. When you find it you’ll be able to accept the situation/person better and respond more resourcefully. Now that’s freedom!
(Written by Jevon Dängeli – NLP Trainer & Coach www.neuro-linguistics.net )