Welcome to Mystic Mag‘s interview with Alexia Clonda, an expert in ThetaHealing® and Buteyko Breathing Technique. These powerful healing modalities have been gaining popularity in recent years as people are becoming more interested in alternative and holistic approaches to health and wellness. Alexia is here to share her insights and experience on how ThetaHealing® and Buteyko Breathing Technique can help individuals tap into their own innate healing abilities and achieve optimal health and well-being. So, whether you are new to these practices or have been using them for years, get ready to learn more about the fascinating world of ThetaHealing® and Buteyko Breathing Technique from an expert in the field.
Can you explain to us what ThetaHealing is and how it helped you?
ThetaHealing® is an energy healing modality that employs meditation, visualization, and focused intention to foster positive transformations in one’s mental, emotional, and physical well-being. By accessing the theta brainwave state, a deeply relaxed and intuitive state, ThetaHealing® allows us to identify and release negative patterns and beliefs that may hinder personal growth and healing.
ThetaHealing® addresses various issues, including emotional healing, limiting belief and pattern release, physical healing, relationship healing, and manifestation and goal setting.
In 2009, I discovered ThetaHealing® when my life was burdened with overwhelming challenges. I was struggling professionally, dealing with overwork, bullying, and sexual harassment at work, and my personal life was marred by ill-health and two failed hip replacements, chronic pain, depression and anxiety. My physical, emotional, and mental health was deteriorating quickly, I was barely functioning and in a very deep hole.
ThetaHealing® helped me recognize beliefs and emotions that were negatively affecting me and holding me back. By clearing these, I gained newfound awareness, control, clarity, and purpose in my life. I had shifts in my pain levels and my mood uplifted along with my energy levels.
What is the Buteyko Breathing Method?
The Buteyko Breathing Method, created by the Ukrainian physician Konstantin Buteyko in the 1950s, is designed to reduce over-breathing (hyperventilation) and enhance breathing patterns. This method is based on the idea that many people breathe excessively or abnormally, leading to various health problems.
Dysfunctional breathing patterns, such as mouth breathing or over-breathing, can result in increased heart rate, decreased oxygen delivery to tissues, and reduced carbon dioxide levels. These effects can cause symptoms like fatigue, anxiety, headaches, and more severe conditions like asthma.
The Buteyko Breathing Method aims to retrain the body and brain to breathe more naturally and efficiently through simple exercises. By learning to breathe properly, individuals can experience numerous health benefits.
In Buteyko Breathing sessions, individuals learn to identify and modify dysfunctional breathing patterns using techniques like nasal breathing, breath holding, reduced breathing, and relaxation exercises. Over time, these techniques can lead to more efficient breathing, better health, and increased relaxation.
Research indicates that the Buteyko Breathing Method can effectively reduce symptoms of conditions like asthma, allergies, sleep apnea, and anxiety, while also strengthening the immune system and calming the nervous system. Clients often report feeling more relaxed, less anxious, and improved overall well-being after just a few sessions.
The Buteyko Breathing Method is a safe, effective way to retrain the body and brain to breathe more naturally, leading to numerous positive health outcomes.
Is it for everyone?
If you are alive, yes. I firmly believe that every individual’s health and life can be enhanced by learning to breathe correctly and normally according to their body’s needs. The Buteyko Breathing Method was life-changing for me.
How can the simple techniques that you teach transform the life of your clients?
Both Buteyko Breathing and ThetaHealing® can transform lives by helping people manage stress, anxiety, and other health concerns while promoting personal growth and healing.
The Buteyko Breathing technique improves overall well-being by managing stress and anxiety, reducing symptoms of respiratory conditions, and enhancing sleep quality. It involves adjusting breathing patterns to increase blood carbon dioxide levels and optimize oxygen delivery to the brain and muscles.
ThetaHealing® is a holistic practice that addresses physical, emotional, and spiritual issues by identifying and altering limiting beliefs and patterns in the subconscious mind. People can transform negative beliefs and patterns, replacing them with positive, empowering beliefs. This leads to personal growth, improved relationships, and a greater sense of purpose and fulfillment in life.
It’s essential to work with a qualified practitioner to effectively utilize these techniques and neither techniques replace medical treatment/s.
How can I know that I’m not breathing correctly and need to change that?
By becoming aware of your breathing, consider this quick checklist: Are you breathing through your mouth or nose? Does your chest move when you breathe? Is your breathing labored? Can you hear yourself breathe or do others hear you? Do you snore at night? Do you have any respiratory issues? Also, check your breathing rate at rest; if you take more than 10 breaths per minute, your breathing may need correction. Ideally, it should range from 6-8 breaths per minute.
Through the Research, Doctors now know that mouth breathing is dysfunction breathing and that correction is vital for your health. In fact, imperative for better health
When people reach you, what are the main issues and concerns they present?
Clients approach me with various issues, such as constant worry, negativity, unhappiness, illness, injury, dissatisfaction with life, feeling stuck, and much more. An example being: I have worked with a mother and her 9-year-old daughter who were experiencing a strained relationship due to a divorce. After just two sessions, each, their mother-daughter bond strengthened and continues to grow, and their relationships with the ex-partner also improved.
Obviously, when someone experiences stress, anxiety and depression, it can have many origins and reasons. Besides your breathing techniques, what other activities and professional help do you recommend?
ThetaHealing® can reveal the origins and reasons for these issues. I also suggest walking in nature, listening to uplifting music and talks, surrounding oneself with positive people, exercising, gaining clarity on one’s desires, practicing self-love, talking to supportive friends, monitoring thoughts, feelings, and self-talk, and expressing gratitude for the good things in life.
When feeling down, slow, gentle breathing can help calm yourself. Ask yourself what you can learn from the situation and change your posture to stand tall with shoulders back. Remind yourself that it’s okay to feel okay and think about the positive aspects of your life. This can help shift negativity and improve your mood.
Incorporating additional activities and practices into your daily routine can help support and enhance the benefits of the breathing techniques and ThetaHealing® sessions. Here are some further recommendations to consider for managing stress, anxiety, and depression:
1. Mindfulness meditation: Practicing mindfulness can help you become more aware of the present moment, reducing negative thought patterns and promoting a sense of calm and balance.
2. Exercise and Yoga: Yoga combines physical postures, breath control, and meditation to help release tension, increase flexibility, and promote relaxation. Regular yoga practice can also help improve emotional regulation and mental clarity.
3. Journaling: Writing down your thoughts and feelings can provide an outlet for self-expression, helping you process emotions and gain insight into your internal world.
4. Healthy diet: Consuming a balanced, nutritious diet can support mental health by providing essential nutrients for optimal brain function. Eating a diet rich in whole foods, fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats can help improve mood and overall well-being.
5. Adequate sleep: Prioritizing good sleep hygiene is crucial for mental health. Establishing a consistent sleep schedule, creating a relaxing bedtime routine, and ensuring a comfortable sleep environment can help promote restful sleep.
6. Social connections: Building and maintaining strong relationships with friends and family can provide a sense of belonging and support, acting as a buffer against stress and promoting emotional well-being.
7. Professional help: Depending on the severity of your stress, anxiety, or depression, seeking professional help from a therapist or counselor can provide additional guidance and support for overcoming emotional challenges.
8. Hobbies and interests: Engaging in activities you enjoy can help shift your focus away from stress and anxiety, promoting relaxation, and providing a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.
9. Setting realistic goals: Establishing attainable, meaningful goals can provide a sense of purpose and direction, helping you focus on personal growth and fostering a sense of achievement.
10. Practicing self-compassion: Learning to treat yourself with kindness and understanding, rather than judgment and criticism, can help promote self-acceptance and emotional resilience.
Incorporating these activities and practices into your life, alongside the Buteyko Breathing technique and ThetaHealing®, can create a holistic approach to managing stress, anxiety, and depression. By addressing these issues from multiple angles, you can support lasting changes in your emotional well- being, relationships, and overall quality of life, with a flow on effect to your personal, professional life and if an athlete your sports performance.