After the last chest infection I got, I noticed that after a 90-minute cycling class or after a Yoga or Pilates class, I would be breathless and need a puff from my inhaler (or more likely.2- 3 puffs in quick succession since the non-CFC ones we now have don deliver deep down where I need it otherwise). Naturally, I am unhappy about this. The more I use the ¨reliever¨ inhaler, the more it encourages breathing that worsens my breathing in the long run. And the whole idea of the cycling class in the first place was to improve my breathing. This morning at the gym, I was determined to make a change. I just didn´t know how to begin with.
So, I decided through tapping while cycling on a plan of action. I did a version of the children´s Buteyko breathing fun exercise that I have learned. I adapted it to hold my breath at 5 different times during the cycle training for 10 seconds, then make short, small mouse-breaths afterwards for 10 seconds to recover. Naturally, as Buteyko requires, I only breathe in and out through my nose, but that alone was not helping me previously. This time, after the third breathing procedure, my lungs opened up tremendously and then my legs were able to work even better. I tapped throughout these procedures, visualizing molecules of CO2 in my lungs. Asthma happens when the ratio of CO2 to O2 in the lungs is too low. Now, at the end of the class, the teacher always goes through stretches, advising us to breathe in and then out through the stretch. I started to but started to hyperventilate, so I held my breath. Then I held my breath whenever she said to breathe in and did the mouse-breaths afterwards. I tapped throughout to take away any feelings of panic of not breathing, of shame being the odd one out in the class, etc.
It worked! I left the class breathing just fine – no inhaler!
Next, I rested on the elliptical machine for a while then joined the Yoga class. I tried my new technique with this too. Every time the teacher said to breathe in, I held my breath. Then I did the mouse-breaths to recover. I tapped all the way by rubbing my fingers together and allowing myself this deviation from the instruction.
Well, I am delighted to report that I have not used that inhaler at all afterwards nor felt the slightest need to!
If you Buteyko or EFT for asthma or COPD, try using them together. They´re a great combination!
When you have a chronic physical condition, anything that either emotionally or physically has a negative impact on you can make the condition worse. EFT is one way of throwing away the emotional rubbish collecting in your system. In the same way that we dispose of our household rubbish regularly for home cleanliness and hygiene, I use EFT to dispose of negative emotions for my optimal physical health. —
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