Breathe Your Way to Wellness – The Relaxation Response

On this extended preview of the fourth workshop in my eight workshop Bo-Tau  breathing course,  you will learn about the relationship between stress and relaxation and follow one of my clients as I taken through a session of deep  muscle relaxation. By mastering these simple procedures for yourself you will be able to become the mistress or master of  excessive stress rather than its  helpless victim.  You will find full details on this site.

Breathe Your Way to Health – Why Your Nose Matters so Much

Bo-Tau – It stands for Breath Optimised Transformational  Unblocking – is a radical new form of self-help which combines ancient Eastern tradition with 21st century  neuroscience.

The eight workshops show you how, by changing the way you breathe you can reduce stress, enhance energy levels, improve your concentration and  boost your sense of well-being.

This video previews the first workshop in the programme. In this I discuss the importance of nasal health to your overall wellbeing.

To learn more about Bo-Tau and to download the complete program go to www.askdrdavid,co.uk

Breathe Your Way to Wellness

Bo-Tau – It stands for Breath Optimised Transformational  Unblocking – is a radical new form of self-help which combines ancient Eastern tradition with 21st century  neuroscience.

The eight workshops show you how, by changing the way you breathe you can reduce stress, enhance energy levels, improve your concentration and  boost your sense of well-being. This video is the explains the importance of breathing efficiently.  in my next post I willi include a  preview of the first workshop.

To learn more and to download the program go to www.askdrdavid,co.uk

Four Legged Tharapist

We’ve heard of dogs helping people by offering their unconditional love to those in hospices and care homes. So called ‘Pat Dogs’.

But, until I saw this remarkable film, I had never realised horses can also be excellent, caring therapists have this intuitive understanding of human distress. This touching video demonstrates just how caring they can be. I’m sure you will find it as moving and heart warming as I did.

 

The Lessons Alfie Taught Me

The photograph below is of my three legged dog Alfie.
 
A very friendly animal, once you get to know him, Alfie is also one of the most difficult dogs I have ever re-homed.
 
While he loves women, and makes instant friends with the majority of them, Alfie can be very aggressive towards strange men. Especially those who are big and burly and wearing some kind of uniform.
 
Although he shares a home with three other rescue dogs, and gets on well with them. when he sees a strange dog Alfie becomes hard to handle, barking, snarling and pulling at his leash to get at them.
 
A woman I met, while walking Alfie told me I should have put down without delay.
 
Perhaps if you met him, especially if you are man, you would feel the same.
 
But let me tell you a little about Alfie.
 
Born in the Middle East he lived, for the first couple of years of his life, in a small village.
 
One morning soldiers came to the village hunting terrorists. Believing a field they had to cross might have been minded, they hit upon the scheme of rounding up half a dozen village dogs and driving them across the field to see how many would be blown up. Alfie was one of the six.
 
The field was indeed mined.
 
Two of the dogs were killed outright and three escaped uninjured.
 
Alfie had his right front leg blown off.
 
The soldiers would have shot him on the spot but a British vet, working for a local charity, persuaded them to let her save the dog’s life by amputating his badly mutilated limb.
 
Alfie survived but spent the next few years of his life in a rescue centre, fighting for every scrap of food, and what little affection there was, with scores of able bodied dogs.
 
Over the years many of the other dogs found new homes. But no one wanted to take on a disabled animal.
 
Then a charitable expat English lady paid for him to be sent to England in the hope he would find a home here.
 
On arrival, his pet passport was found to be a few days out of date.
 
Alfie spent the next six months in quarantine, Alfie was sent to another rescue centre where, a year later, I found him and gave him a permanent home.
 
That was five years ago and his behaviour has improved since then although he is never to be trusted with unfamiliar dogs. Animals he most likely regards as challengers to his food and security.
 
His fear of burly men in uniform is perhaps because they are associated in his mind with the soldiers who were so brutal towards him.
 
My point in telling you his story is that, in my work as a therapist, I have come  across quite a few two-legged Alfie’s.
 
Men and women it was hard to like at first, and often at second or third meeting! I always tried to appreciate that many of the adults, and sadly not a few children, we meet have been through bad experiences. Traumatic events that helped shape their personality and the way in which they relate to with others.
 
It’s worth bearing the story of Alfie in mind the next time you feel like making an instant judgement on someone you have just met.