Mindfulness is an important part The LifeCo Clinic’s integrated cancer therapy program.
The LifeCo Clinic’s take on human psychology and the psychology of healing is based on the teachings of cognitive behavioral therapy and zen Buddhism which is centered around building four main skills that assure a healthy mental state.
These skills are Mindfulness, Emotional Regulation, Interpersonal Effectiveness, and Distress Tolerance.
With all these skills having a major effect on our mental and spiritual presence, we focus on Mindfulness in order to support the patient’s healing journey through various activities and therapies.
Mindfulness is promoted and enhanced by these activities and therapies in order to support the individuals in eliminating stress, promoting positive thinking, managing relationships, balancing emotions and thoughts, eradicating roots of fear, and eventually having a calmer mind which is an essential privilege to have, when helping the body and mind on its healing journey during and after treatment.
Breathwork is a simple, gentle yet powerful conscious breathing technique, also known as Rebirthing.
It works on the principle that there is a direct connection between mental and physical wellbeing and the openness of breathing. Relaxing and releasing the breath dissolves tension in both the body and the mind and gives an experience of freedom and mastery in life as it brings expanded awareness on all levels: physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual.
“The stresses, strains, and traumas of ordinary daily existence in the process of working and living tend to inhibit our breathing ability”.
Leonard Orr, founder of Rebirthing
“Circular, powerful, relaxed, guided and supported breathing affords life-shifting insights, visions, deep emotional releases and nurturing states of calm. (….) a journey deep into a cathartic, waking dream”
Then a state of intense consciousness arises and is clearly perceived, where memories, pictures, emotions or body sensations can surface to be reviewed, released and integrated.
“Illness is the result of improper removal of toxins from the body. Oxygen is the vital factor which assists the body in removing toxins”
Ed McCabe, Oxygen Therapies, A New Way of Approaching Disease (1988)
Some Breathwork Health Facts:
“What we do know is that our hormonal and immune systems are influenced by and regulated through our autonomic nervous system (ANS). Stress heavily impacts and can dysregulate the ANS and consequently both of these sub-systems (think of how common it is for a woman to skip or be late with her cycle when under extreme stress). Through breathwork we are able to safely release stored stress in our nervous system, move out of being dominant in the sympathetic or dorsal vagal parts of the ANS, and this would have a positive impact on the functioning of our hormonal and immune systems” (from Breathwork Forum ‘ studies about Breathwork)
“The first discovery was made by Nobel Prize winner Dr. Otto Warburg, director of the Max Planck Institute for Cell Physiology, in Berlin. He confirmed that the key precondition for the development of cancer is a lack of oxygen at the cellular level”. Nathaniel Altman, Oxygen Therapies, p.66
“Cancer has only one prime cause. It is the replacement of normal oxygen respiration of the body’s cells by an anaerobic (i.e. oxygen-deficient) cell respiration”. Dr. Otto Warburg, Nobel Laureate, Winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine for Cancer Research
“Healthy breathing should be the first thing taught to a heart patient. A Dutch Study conducted by a doctor named Dixhoorn, compared two groups of heart attack patients. The first group was taught simple diaphragmatic breathing, while the second group was given no training in breathing. The breathing group had no further heart attacks, while 7 of the 12members of the second group had second heart attacks over the next 2 years” Gay Hendricks, Ph.D. Conscious Breathing, p.16
“The human body is designed to discharge 70% of its toxins through breathing. Only a small percentage of toxins are discharged through sweat, defecation and urination. If your breathing is not operating at peak efficiency, you are not ridding yourself of toxins properly”
Gay Hendricks, Ph.D. Conscious Breathing, p.17
Some other results:
Expel toxins and repressed emotions
Manage stress better.
Enhanced mental concentration
Comprehension and elimination of dysfunctional patterning
A sense of control over one’s destiny
Reconnect with vital energy and the joy of life.
Learn to fully express one’s potential.
…and much more
“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe”.
Muhammad Ali’, American professional boxer and activist.
The Mandala is a symbol (Sanskrit for “circle” or “completion”) mostly known for its deep spiritual meaning of wholeness and oneness.
Various cultures and people like Buddhists, Hindus and Tibetans have been captivated by the beauty and depth of this symbol in history. The symbol is also known as ‘a representation of our unconscious self’ and a reflection of our archetypes as put by Psychoanalyst Carl Jung. Thus, the ‘mandala painting’ art therapy is believed to have a healing power through which one reflects the creator’s soul and self.
The nature of creating a mandala is therapeutic and symbolic. The patterns, choice of colors and shapes do carry insights on one’s inner self and personality as well as providing a great form of free expression. Whatever you are feeling or thinking at the very moment of drawing and painting a mandala, finds the form on the canvas and causing the creator to experience an ultimate series of mindful moments. With every stroke of the brush and every thought and feeling reflected on the canvas, the therapy will happen incidentally, promising mindfulness, calmness of the mind and elimination of overthinking, stress or negative thoughts.
Similar to most of the art forms and therapies, the cliché saying ‘it’s not about the final product, it is about the journey’ is absolutely valid for the ‘mandala art therapy’ leading one to create a snapshot of the inner self and unconscious mind.
At The LifeCo, many patients are starting to create mandalas as a once or twice a week activity, and most of them end up getting their brushes and canvases on a daily basis and release their thoughts and feelings, becoming calmer and clearer.
Everything we hear has a particularly emotional and physical impact on our body and mind, thus not very surprisingly, sound is utilized as a therapeutic form of healing. Sound has been utilized by many ancient cultures like Icaros and Hindus in the past, to treat and heal the sick. The fundamental intention of the sound healing therapies has always been the same, which is to provide a sense of balance instead of imbalance and lead to a calmer state of mind.
How does the therapy work?
The sounds that are created by the therapist through the use of various instruments like bowls, drums and bells help to facilitate shifts in our brainwave by using entrainment. Entrainment synchronizes our fluctuating brainwaves by providing a stable frequency which the brainwave can attune to and by the help of particular rhythms and frequencies we can entrain our brainwaves and it becomes possible to down-shift our normal beta state (normal waking consciousness) to alpha (relaxed consciousness), and even reach theta (meditative state) and delta (sleep; where internal healing can occur).
This exact same concept is also used in meditation, only with the breath as an agent instead of sounds.
What is it like?
A regular session is both passive and active for the participant. You become more relaxed and slow by laying down throughout the session and simply breathing and listening to the sound, which is the passive aspect. By doing this, you prepare yourself to become the receiver of sound. Thus you let the sound frequencies interact with your brain and help them stabilize and balance your brainwaves.
Sound therapy can help the treatment of many mental problems and even diseases like sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, stress management and pain management.
At The LifeCo Clinic, patients and guests join sound healing therapies once a week along with other mindful and spiritual activities.