The Breath of Life Conference 2017

13th – 14th May 2017, London

The international Breath of Life Conference brings together pioneering practitioners and scientists involved in grounding breaking research and the application of body-mind therapeutic approaches. It explores key factors that organise how we function, beyond just the physical form, providing a forum and meeting place for exchanging ideas at the cutting edge of health.

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“Expression of Health” – the origins of the name

A number of people have asked me where the name “Expression of Health” came from.

In Craniosacral Therapy one of the key things to look for is where the vitality and energy is within the body, this is referred to as “the expression of health”. It relates on a physical level to where the energy is strongest, this could be shown through a healthy circulation pattern, a deep warmth in the body, grounded calm or a number of other ways. It is where the health is rooted in the system.

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The Mind-Body Connection

Martial Arts, Yoga & Meditation

The 10 Series is a deep process of renewal and inner alignment, letting go of old patterns stored within the body whilst enhancing connection & embodiment.

The vertical midline is an important part of us as human beings. Established early in foetal development, it is around this line that we move and its relationship to gravity plays a huge part in our health, stability & well-being. This fundamental body principle is present in numerous body disciplines from Yoga, Craniosacral Therapy, The Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais & Psychotherapy.

The 10 sessions follow a sequence of release common to all human beings, working up from the feet to unfold the body’s natural alignment. Interestingly there are parallel cycles in unlocking creativity such as Julia Cameron’s “The Artists Way”.

With the body-mind connection, finding awareness of the mid-line & body centre (hara) brings a deepening of practice, catalyst for change & connection to the ground.

 

Upward Gravity

So often we are aware when we stand of a downward force, the weight of our body going down into the earth. But beneath this downward force, there is another contact force coming up.

A moment of exploration

Structural blocksIf you are curious on this take a moment, it maybe sitting on a chair or standing, to focus on the weight going down and the area of contact.

You may feel a sensation of weight down, but what if at that same contact point, the earth is pushing up? Keep breathing (you may feel yourself sink slightly).

Keep focusing on that sensation and rocking gently from side to side see if that upward force begins flows up through your body.You may be drawn to notice certain areas, it might flow easier through one side than the others.

This little mind exploration can be done anywhere (sitting, standing, lying down or downward dog) and is a great tool for allowing the body to naturally re-charge.