Young Woman Checks Bungee Jumping Off Her Bucket List!

Today’s blog is a video of an adrenaline junkie, checking one more thing off her bucket list. Bungee Jumping is one of the easiest ways to get your adrenaline pumping and to get that feeling of your stomach jumping up into your throat. Whistler Bungee created a safe and memorable experience for Tara Weber who is a paraplegic. She was literally thrown off the side of a bridge. With a smile from ear to ear she seemed to have a great jump!

It’s a bucket list,

Michelle Wolfe, RMT
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As I Live and Breathe

Our Tai Chi and Mediation Classes have started back up!  We began with a discussion of the optimal way to breathe then worked on bringing awareness to our breathe.  Here is a chart to give you an understanding of what we touched on.EBF

Mouth Breathing Vs Nose Breathing

– Uses less respiratory muscles and can be related to slouching and muscular tension

– Hypocapnia – reduced carbon dioxide content in alveoli (tiny air sacs in the lungs where the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide take place) of the lungs

– Hypocapnic vasoconstriction – constrictions of blood vessels due to carbon dioxide deficiency

– Suppressed Bohr effect – oxygen binding to hemoglobin for transport in the blood

– Reduced oxygenation of cells and tissues of all vital organs of the human body

– Biochemical stress due to cold, dry air entering into the lungs

– Biochemical stress due to dirty air (viruses, bacteria, toxic and harmful chemicals) entering into the lungs

– Possible infections due to absence of the self-immunization effect seen with nose breathing

– Pathological effects due to suppressed nitric oxide utilization, including vasoconstriction (blood vessels get smaller), decreased destruction of parasitic organisms, viruses, and malignant cells (by inactivating their respiratory chain enzymes) in alveoli of the lungs, inflammation in blood vessels, disruption of normal neurotransmission and hormonal effects

– Keeps respiratory muscles healthy

– Delivers nitric oxide produced in various body tissues to lungs, blood, and cells which dilate blood vessels

– Destruction of viruses, parasitic organisms, and malignant cells in the airways and lungs by inactivating their respiratory chain enzymes

– Regulation of binding-release of oxygen to hemoglobin (found in your blood and transports throughout the body)

– Vasodilation of arteries and arterioles (regulation of blood flow or perfusion of tissues)

– Inhibitory effects of inflammation in blood vessels for repair

– Regular hormone secretion

– Neurotransmission in memory, sleeping, learning, feeling pain, and many other processes only possible with nitric oxide

– Humidifies, cleans and warms the incoming air flow using a thin layer of protective mucus

– This thin layer of mucus in the nasal passages moves like a long carpet from the sinuses, bronchi and other internal surfaces towards the stomach where the stomach acid either kills or weakens any invading bacteria

Breathe for Thought:


“Upper chest breathing is most common in those with diseases and illnesses
The textbook, Respiratory Physiology (West, 2000), suggests that the lower 10% of the lungs transports more than 40 ml of oxygen per minute, while the upper 10% of the lungs transports less than 6 ml of oxygen per minute. Hence, the lower parts of the lungs are about 6-7 times more effective in oxygen transport than the top of the lungs due to richer blood supply mostly caused by gravity.”

www.normalbreathing.com

If you are interested in joining our classes please contact us at info@aim2walk.ca or give us a call at 416-679-9255!

Michelle Teves
R.Kin, NeuroChangers Program Director

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ReelAbilities Film Festival Opens in Toronto

Unknown-2.pngThe month of May is an exciting month to be downtown Toronto. A few weeks ago I wrote about Tangled Art Gallery, opening May 4th displaying art and disability. I also shared the exciting addition of several featured documentaries providing described video technology for the deaf at this years International Documentary Festival (Hot Docs) from April 28th-May 8th.

In addition there is the opening for the ReelAbilities Film Festival (RAFF) from May 12th-19th. Toronto is scheduled to launch the first annual edition of RAFF.
This is the largest film festival in North America dedicated to promoting the awareness and appreciation of lives, stories and art of people with disabilities.

The Festival will take place in 13 other cities across the United States with Toronto being the first city in Canada. RAFF showcases films, conversations and artistic programs to explore, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.

With tickets only $12 and 14 different public screenings and panel discussions to choose from, there is sure to be something to appeal to everyone. Visit the ticket box office and book your shows now. https://tytix.tiff.net/scripts/max/10.17.40.32-34000/maxweb.exe

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