Hello and welcome back to the Kohler Waters Spa blog.

I want to share a thought with you today that is vital to your life.  There are essential things we as human beings cannot live without such as the basic necessities of food, water and shelter.  Our bodies are amazing, complex machines whose true miraculous ways we are still just discovering.  However, our bodies need something so essential that is it the first gift we come into this world with and the last one we leave with.  It is our breath.  At birth the very first thing the doctor wants to ensure is that the baby is breathing.  When parents hear that first breath of their newborn child….it is truly a gift and they know their baby has life. When we reach the end of our time in this world the very last thing our bodies do is to take a final deep breath.

 Being aware of our breath is extremely important to distressing and maintaining a sense of balance in our lives.  With increased stress, comes a decrease in deep breathing.  In its place is rapid, shallow, sometimes erratic breathing.  If our newborn child had this type of breathing, we would be concerned; however, for many of us, this is the majority of our day.  It is essential to take time to deep breathe throughout the day.  It does many wonderful things to the body and the mind.

 Taking deep “belly” breaths where you place your hand on your abdomen and breathe in very slowly until your lungs are completely filled and your abdomen is raised, then slowly releasing the breath until your lungs feel empty and your abdomen deflates, help to rebalance the body, increases oxygen throughout the body, providing that essential oxygen to your vital organs, your tensed muscles and your taxed brain.  Take 2 minutes, 3 times a day for deep belly breathing.  You will be amazed at how it makes you feel.  Remember, it is the gift of life.  Use this precious gift to live your best self.

I truly believe that a healthy mind and a happy heart are the key to a healthy body. I would love to hear your thoughts so please do leave me a comment.

With warm wishes

Jean