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Breathe your skin to life

September 19, 2009

How often do you stop and breathe?  Not just the breath’s that we have to take in order to survive, but the kind of breathing that makes our bodies sing?  Over the last few months I have been sitting at my desk for far too many hours a day, taking  little  exercise and designating caffeine  as my new best friend. Not good! And that’s coming from the girl who LOVES to get out there into the big wide world and ride a bike, take a walk and just generally smell the roses. Life gets busy and we forget things. Forgetting to breathe well is probably something that I’m not alone in doing.

I was lucky enough to meet Jim Efthimiou at the Natural Health Expo who, while having a chat over the water cooler reminded me of the importance of breathing well. Jim has invested all of his energies and finances into his breath enhancing gadget – the Energy Airflow Aerator, available to purchase from his website. Jim sent me one of his pocket sized gadgets and books and encouraged me to try it. How could I refuse?

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So, how can breathing well increase your beauty?

There is little doubt that taking time out to breathe well will do you the world of good.  The old saying “If you don’t use it, you loose it” rings true for everything, including your lungs.  Even if you are the kind of person that hates breaking into a sweat, practicing breathing better will increase blood flow and oxygen levels making you feel better and give your skin a glow.  The aeror exercise book takes its inspiration from various yoga practices, wind instrument warm up techniques, meditation and elite sport practices – sounds painful? Not at all. All of these techniques can be practiced at your desk or in front of your mirror and will only take a few moments each day making this a great exercise routine for all.

Getting your breathing right boosts beauty on a number of levels. It gives your mood a boost (potential for less frown lines), oxygenates your tissues (cells need oxygen to function effectively) and boosts your circulation (giving you that post exercise glow).   Unfortunately I can’t give you a scientific fact sheet outlining the degree of improvement to be expected or the length of time you have to breathe well before your wrinkles are busted but I really don’t think I need it!

The effects of breathing well are instant, try it now: Sit or stand with your chest unobstructed and take five long, slow breaths in and out, holding each one for the count of five before releasing it. Feel better?

So, what’s the deal?

While you don’t need to purchase anything to enjoy breathing deeply, Jim’s invention and exercise book are great for those who are new to the idea. The book breaks down each technique in a set of visual instructions making it easy to follow while the pocket sized gadget allows you to hear your breath and gives you a focal point to concentrate on.

Here at Realize Beauty we recommend that you take five and practice some deep breathing (away from the phone please) – we will certainly be taking our own advice on this one. While breathing deeply won’t  cure acne, banish wrinkles or rewind pigmentation problems it will make you feel like a million dollars and who doesn’t want that?

We love “chemical” free cosmetics and this is certainly one that I will be putting in my tool shed. For more “chemical” free cosmetic ideas see our article Chemical Free Beauty. Saving the planet one product at a time!

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