Now that we know what a powerful engine we carry in our torso, let’s shift gears and go for a ride. We will test a simple technique of walking and breathing in a pattern that stimulates the lymph system and energises the body. I call this technique ‘Firestarter’. Anthony Robbins, in his ‘Ultimate Edge’ program, calls it ‘Breath Walking’.
This is how to do it:
1. Start walking. Take purposeful strides and walk in a rhythm. You want to be at a steady pace, but do not want to be out of breath.
2. Sync your breaths with your strides. The rhythm of breathing is supposed to be 4-4, so take four short breaths in, one after another, followed by four short breaths out – in time to your steps. So: in-in-in-in | out-out-out-out. The breaths in should be through the nose, and the breaths out through the mouth.
3. Walk like this for 5 minutes.
4. Now start tapping your fingers to the rhythm. The technique is to tap your thumb on the index finger, then on each finger across to your pinky (on breaths in), and then from your pinky to your index finger (on breaths out).
5. Keep walking and practicing this ‘choreography’ for another 5 minutes.
The lymph system, together with the lungs, belongs to our toxin busting brigade, what I call ‘The Mighty Six’. If you want to find out more you can read about it on my blog http://rawfast.blogspot.se/2012/08/why-fast.html?view=magazine&m=1.
It is so important to our body that, if it were shut down for 24hrs, we would die due to toxic overload around our cells. It is our body’s sewage treatment plant that collects and takes care of the waste products. It also carries antibodies and immune cells that are able to destroy bacteria, viruses and abnormal cells, such as cancer cells. It plays a huge role in the effectiveness of our immune system.
The simple exercise of breathing, walking and finger-tapping stimulate the meridians (energy channels) in our fingertips, which, in turn, stimulate and energize our main internal organs such as the heart, lungs, and the organs of our digestive system.
All of this makes ‘Firestarter’ the ultimate picker-upper when ever we need it. If done in the morning, it enhances our body’s morning detox routine, kickstarts our metabolism and immune system, and helps our mind hone in on the desired state of being and performance for that day.
If, for some reason, you cannot do it in the morning, do it whenever you can. Resuscitation guaranteed!
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