Why learn to belly breathe?
When anxious, we tend to breathe in a shallow, rapid manner and our heartbeat and blood pressure increase. Belly breathing allows more oxygen to enter the lungs and brings focus to our breath, flipping a switch in our brain to go from “fight or flight” to “rest and relax”, slowing down blood pressure, and promoting calmness.
What is acupressure?
Acupressure uses gradual pressure on specific areas to influence the body and regulate, creating stability.
It is important to learn how to touch. Think about taking a stick of butter out of the refrigerator and trying to put your thumb through it. Is it better to press harder or stay steady? With steady firm pressure, it slowly melts. That’s what we want the muscles to do — melt and relax allowing the blood to flow through.
What is aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is a non-invasive modality designed to affect the whole person not just the symptom or disease. It assists in homeostasis, the body’s natural ability to balance, regulate, heal and maintain itself by the correct use of essential oils.
Essential oils occur naturally and provide plants with protection against environmental threats. For example, some plants use the essential oils in their leaves to keep animals from eating them. BAAM utilizes therapeutic grade essential oils in our personal inhalers.
Why practice movement?
Movement connects the body to the brain engaging all of our senses to unite with the outside world. Increasing our circulation has been known to improve mental health, reduce anxiety, and decrease stress. Movement can also improve sleep, cognitive functioning, and boost your mood.