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​​​Breathwork

Breathwork sessions are 60 mins in length and utilize techniques from the modern science of Biofeedback, an area of advanced study for Laura in her graduate school education. Laura also blends in aspects of ancient Yoga. Together, these breathwork sessions are an amazing practice to reduce stress, calm your mind, find focus, reduce blood pressure and more.


Breathwork is easy to learn, easy to do, and brings HUGE health benefits. ​Allow Laura to be your guide in learning just how simple and effective a regular breathwork practice can be. 


Try this: allow your breath to become smooth and comfortably deep. As you breathe, notice how your rib cage or your belly moves with each inhale and each exhale. Listen to the sound of your breath. Can you hear it? Now, continue to read on as you focus on your breath. There. You're already learning the basics of Breathwork. Doesn't that feel better? Good job!


Benefits:

  • decrease stress & cortisol levels
  • decrease blood pressure & heart rate
  • improve oxygen levels
  • improve breathing capacity
  • focus a busy mind
  • and so much more. 
Chi Kung for Stress Reduction Kona Pilates

Chi Kung for Healing

Chi Kung for Healing sessions are 60 mins in length. What is Chi Kung for Healing? Chi Kung, or Qigong, originated in China around 5,000 years ago. Qigong is made up of two Chinese characters Qi (or chi) and Gong (or Kung). Qi (pronounced chi) is the “vital energy” or “life force.” Master Mantak Chia describes Qi as "the glue between our body, mind, and spirit, the link between our perception of the inner and outer worlds." Qi may also be thought of as electricity. It can't be seen, yet it can most certainly be felt. Gong has several meanings such as art, skill, work, exercise, manipulation, and self-discipline. When you combine these two into Chi Kung, it stands for “cultivation of energy.”

In traditional Chinese medicine (which works within the framework of preventing illness or injury versus providing care only afterwards), an exercise should consist of two equally important parts, the “inner” and “outer” aspects of exercise. The inner aspect influences the meridians (the energy pathways of the body) and the organs, while the outer aspect influences the muscles, joints, ligaments and bones. Qigong can accomplish both missions.


Numerous research studies have been performed by groups such as the National Institute on Aging, The National Institute of Health, and countless medical centers and universities. These studies have shown, time and time again, the value of adding Chi Kung to one’s life.

Benefits:

  • Decrease Stress
  • Lower Blood Pressure
  • Improve Healing time from Injuries, Illness or Surgeries
  • Improve Balance (especially important for the elderly)
  • Improves Strength in Bones, Muscles, and Joints
  • Increases a sense of control of one’s life
  • Enhances cardio-respiratory rates
  • Reduces Tension
  • Reduces back pain
  • Reduces Anger
  • Aids in Lifting Depression
  • Improves Mood
  • Reduces Anxiety
  • Increases elasticity of lung tissues
  • Thought to boost endorphin production
  • Focuses the Mind
  • Stimulates the Immune System
  • Pumps the Lymphatic System
  • Improves Bone Density
  • Harmonizes body-mind-spirit
  • Prevent or Lessen the progression of osteoporosis
  • Helps to retard the aging process

"Where your mind goes, your energy flows."

Master Dennis Kelly

Body Rolling

Body Rolling sessions are 60 mins in length. "Body Rolling is a therapeutic self-care practice for mind-body centered practitioners and an educational tool used by massage therapists to empower clients to develop a deeper and more subtle relationship with their own bodies."Roll away tension and stress, improve circulation, loosen muscles, and feel lighter and more free."


Body Rolling uses a series of specially designed small balls in specific patterns to create an atmosphere of self massage and self care. Body Rolling is sometimes JUST what the body ordered.


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Eliminate Stress

Did you know…Physicians now agree that over 70% of diseases and illnesses 

are stress related and preventable? 

Our Breathwork, Chi Kung & Body Rolling sessions are designed to assist you

in preventing illness and improving your health on all levels.

Finding Balance

Ready to begin reducing YOUR Stress?  Good job!


Getting started is easy! Simply book your first Stress Reduction session.  Click on  "book session now" to utilize our online booking request form.  If you're planning on having your session via Skype or FaceTime, please let Laura know which online format you prefer. Until then, close your eyes for a moment....take a deep breath in....and as you exhale, relax your shoulders out of your ears....doesn't that feel better?

Breathwork and Chi Kung in action...

In 2005, Laura was selected to be one of five complimentary healthcare providers in a study sponsored by the National Institute of Health. This was a six week program for a substance abuse clinic. Most of the participants were court ordered to the clinic for treatment. Laura was chosen to participate since two of the counselors at the clinic were students of Laura's and these counselors felt their clients would benefit from her work. Laura taught a revolving group of 20+ adults the basic fundamentals of breathwork combined with simple Chi Kung to reduce stress and create an opportunity for mental focus and choice vs knee jerk reactions (when experiencing a stressful moment or a "trigger" to use their substance of choice). At the end of the six week series the participants were given a questionnaire to determine which of the practices they liked best, which instructor they felt connected best with the group, which practice they actually used outside of the clinic, and which practice they felt was the most useful in their daily lives. Laura’s Breathwork and Chi Kung came in second place to massage for the practice the participants liked most (who doesn’t like massage?). Laura’s program came in first place with a 100% rating in the other three categories: the instructor who connected most with the group, THE only practice that the participants used outside of the clinic, and the practice that they believed was helpful in their daily life. Laura has gone on to offer six week programs for medical clinics and businesses throughout Kailua Kona. She is now looking for businesses and clinics in the Chino Hills area who are looking to incorporate a stress reduction program.

We believe...

Eliminating and reducing stress is a vital part of getting healthy and living a balanced life. At Kona Pilates we see Stress Reduction as the most essential feature of our studio offerings. Aspects of the following stress reducing practices are woven throughout each lesson we teach at Kona Pilates & Gyrotonic of Chino Hills. Many of our students enjoy learning these vital tools as an additional focus of study, whether as a compliment to their Pilates practice for a single session or as a regular ongoing practice.


Laura is pleased to bring these valuable tools to your group or business. Many businesses in Kailua Kona brought Laura in to incorporate a stress reducing program for their employees. Inquire with Laura for areas in and around Chino Hills, Anaheim Hills, Eastvale, Corona, Yorba Linda, and Brea.


Laura also teaches these sessions via Skype & FaceTime for those who are unable to visit the studio and want to experience the benefits.