The Linda Scotson Technique (LST)

AND HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY

HOW ADULTS CAN BENEFIT FROM THE LINDA SCOTSON TECHNIQUE

LST is a physical resource that is taught to adults for self-help either over Skype or Zoom or at the Advance Centre UK.

You will learn how to apply the Essential LST, carefully controlled, light, gentle pressures on to the lower rib cage over the diaphragm.

LST is a skill which takes practice to acquire.

You begin with a 30 or 60 minute consultation at which you will learn why and how LST may be of benefit to you personally.

You will perhaps be surprised how much you can discover about your health and wellbeing from your breathing.

This initial assessment is followed by two, one hour training sessions, two or three days or apart and one further session after approximately 3 weeks with return visit to monitor progress every 3 months over a year. 

For the best result you should practise LST for thirty minutes daily. This time can be broken up during the day. You may practice LST almost anywhere since living involves breathing .

For example in bed, in the garden, in the car (if you are not driving ), even watching TV. Although it is best to practice at dedicated times and in peace and comfort, life does not always provide for this which is why LST has been made so adaptable.

More advanced LST training sessions may also be booked depending on the complexity of your personal needs.

It is also possible to receive LST as a relaxing hands on therapy.

Once learned you are empowered to utilise Essential LST for your health and happiness and to donate it to others.

LST Costs

30 minute initial consultation: £35

One hour initial consultation (if required): £50

Three essential LST training sessions at £50 per hour: £150

Further and advanced LST Training: £50 per hour

The effects of a weakened diaphragm on the mental, physical and emotional health of the mind body and spirit.

Mind

LOOK AT SOME POSSIBLE MENTAL STATES CAUSED BY DIAPHRAGM WEAKNESS:

Emotions too near the surface

Anxiety/ Depression

Negativity/ Anger

Compulsive behaviours

Mood swings

Need to feel in control

Need to be right

Feeling hard done by

Agitation

Easily upset

Overactive mind

Sense of information overload

Difficulty coping with change of plans

Over logical thinking

Memory problems/ confusion

Panic attacks

A strong diaphragm easily co-ordinates our many, varied and ever changing oxygen needs.

The effect is to deliver a clear, balanced, creative mind well able to manage life’s different eventualities.

Stressful events before birth and in later life can affect the diaphragm’s blood supply and be a cause of diaphragm weakness. This may influence respiratory control causing emotional breathing patterns, often locking an individual into undesirable, misunderstood patterns of thought and behaviour.

Body

LOOK AT SOME POSSIBLE MENTAL STATES CAUSED BY DIAPHRAGM WEAKNESS:

Muscular skeletal problems

Gut problems

Postural Problems

Respipatory related problems

Lowered stamina / Speech lacks power

Difficulties keeping still / hyperactivity

Body often feeling tense and stiff

Sleep problems

Vagus nerve problems

Inability to get comfortable

Clinical conditions affecting health

Acid reflux

Lowered immunity

Cold hands and feet

The diaphragm provides respiratory and circulatory health.

Its muscular strength gives the strong core needed to support movement and posture and keep internal organs healthy.

A weak diaphragm causes adaptations in breathing, circulation and posture creating many different problematic physical symptoms.

Differences in a person’s height, weight and life experience can produce individual adaptations to a weakened diaphragm which, if untreated, may gradually increase with age.

Spirit

THE DIAPHRAGM BREATH BOTH REFLECTS AND RELEASES THE LIFE OF THE SPIRIT

The diaphragm breath:

Connects and includes,

Balances and refreshes,

Calms and brings peace,

Opens the heart and brings joy,

Is the strength behind unconditional love.

Reaches out, brings healing and hope,

Gives purpose and direction,

Is free, responsive and empathetic,

Allows creativity to flow.

The diaphragm breath holds the power of connection between you and the physical world you perceive through your senses. It allows you to respond with love.

The ability to trust in ones-self and to reach out to others reflects the strength of the diaphragm’s ability to maintain and co -ordinate it’s amazing and complex roles.

The diaphragm is also the main organ involved in laughter which provides health to the mind and body and releases stress.

Diaphragm breathing therefore brings freedom from anxieties, phobias and compulsions and enhances our connection with others. 

LOOK AT WAYS IN WHICH DIAPHRAGM WEAKNESSES ARE ACQUIRED

Stress to the foetus before birth

Stressful events in early life

Emotional trauma / grief

Prematurity

Surgery and anaesthetics

Physical trauma

Muscle relaxants and tranquilisers

High temperature

Respiratory related illness

Respiratory

Your mother suffered pre-natal stress

Pregnancy/ Childbirth

Childhood illness

Injuries to the ribcage

Fearful experiences real and imagined

Stressful exercise

Malnutrition in early life

Over/under weight

When the diaphragm is weakened it is more vulnerable to other stresses.

Problematic breathing adaptations may therefore increase with age according to life experiences.

Prenatal stress may be a central hidden cause affecting diaphragm development and respiratory control, which is in turn the hidden underlying cause of many health problems in later life.

Your diaphragm is an extraordinary organ. Everyone should celebrate its contribution to mental and physical health and all developmental process

THE WORK OF THE MIGHTY DIAPHRAGM

Respiratory and Circulatory Roles

Flattens and lowers on inhalation to allow space for maximum lung inflation and oxygen uptake

Develops and maintains lungs and ribcage muscles.

Changes respiratory rhythms to promote good sleep quality

Changes breathing pattern to support the body’s ever changing oxygen needs.

Influences heart rate.

Produces increased oxygen circulation to areas of the body that need healing.

Influences oxygen delivery to and uptake in the brain

Helps maintain the body’s acid alkaline balance.

Influences lymph flow promoting immunity and removal of toxins.

Returns the de-oxygenated blood from the body and brain to the heart.

Changes breath pattern in response to signals from higher brain centres.

Memorises respiratory rate changes in relation to movement.

Balances body’s oxygen needs against available levels of inspired oxygen (homeostasis).

Influences blood pressure.

No single organ does more to promote life, health and well being

Functional Roles

Creates postural stability and flexibility.

Gives the body a stable core.

Promotes head control.

Stabilises upper limbs.

Supports limb coordination and sensory integration.

Strengthens the sphincter muscles between the stomach and oesophagus to prevent acid reflux.

Assists defecation and urination.

Influences speech quality

Promotes coordination between breathing and swallowing

Influences muscular skeletal growth and body structure.

Assists childbirth.

Exercises and strengthens all internal organs.

A healthy Diaphragm gives us vitality to enjoy and thrive in the activities of our daily lives

The Brain and Nervous Systems

Diaphragm generated breathing patterns affect the cognitive and motor functions of the cortex.

Diaphragmatic breathing is essential for dream sleep when most brain growth takes place.

Activates the motor cortex to improve the strength of movement patterns.

Coordinates movement and breathing

Produces a respiratory pulse through the brain.

Helps the activation of cognition, memory, attention, sensory perception, problem solving and language processes.

Influences and is influenced by all higher brain centres

Helps clear the brain of waste products and toxins.

Diaphragm health underlies mental balance, brings confidence and peace and is especially valuable to consider for those suffering from mental illness