December 07, 2004

The Brain.....It's Breathing!

Tim Worstall picks up on a goofy new holistic method for getting the kiddies to calm down, Brain Respiration.

It would appear that someone has made the earth-shattering rediscovery that kids need regular physical activity to help them focus mentally. Who knew? To you or me, this would mean the obvious - time at the gym and the playground. But the times being what they are, such common sense solutions of course would garner no attention. Instead, a whole new regime has been dreamt up:

The first exercise I did was to slap my "dantien" (the point in Chinese medicine located just below the navel) while shouting: "Ha! Ha! Ha!" That's not a laughing "hahaha" but more of a loud breath expulsion. And there was lots more slapping to follow. I slapped my entire body, rhythmically, up and down my arms, legs and torso. Paul said it would unlock my blocked meridians (the same meridians recognised by acupuncture). In the room next door, my children, Juliette and Liam, were performing a similar routine. The whole family met again for the last hour of the session and took turns giving each other foot, tummy, and head massages. I savoured the moment, whale music and all.

You might be tempted to dismiss this as typical New Age drivel. But I have an alternative theory: The purveyor of Hungarian-English phrasebooks has found a new line of work.

My meridians are full of eels! My dantien explodes with delight!

Posted by Robert at December 7, 2004 01:09 PM

I like your theory better.

In truth, though, we find that our kids absolutely nap better if they get some outdoor play time during the day, some fresh air. That is a tip that is invaluable to anyone with small children.

Posted by: RP at December 7, 2004 01:36 PM

I knew a guy whose mother made him give her foot massages. Later in life he became a raging foot fetishist, while at the same time shuddering in horror any time someone would remind him of delivering foot rubs to his mom. Good times.

Posted by: Beck at December 7, 2004 09:37 PM
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