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Deep Breathing

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Good breathing is important.  It promotes relaxation and well being.  Deep breathing can have a wonderful influence on your state of health.  It massages, helps to detoxify the organs, and assists with blood flow and the lymphatic (or purification system) of our bodies.  People have the tendency to breath with shallow breaths, at a faster rate.  This can elevate blood pressure and stress levels.  The action of deep breathing should come from the diaphragm, which works like a smooth elevator shaft, lowering and expanding on inhalation, and lifting back up on exhalation.

Benefits of Deep Breathing

•    can be therapeutic
•    therapy for hyperventilation
•    therapy for anxiety disorders
•    assists with reducing stress
•    assists in clearing and focusing the mind
•    eases sleeplessness
•    can increase your energy levels
•    releases endorphins – the body’s natural pain killers
•    activates the parasympathetic nervous system (relaxation response)
•    relieve aches and pains
•    relieves headaches
•    relaxes the muscles – primarily in the neck, back, stomach
•    benefits asthma sufferers
•    assists in strengthening weak abdominal muscles
•    aids in digestion
•    allows the body to absorb more oxygen
•    assists in regulating blood chemistry of oxygen and carbon dioxide levels

How to Deep Breathe

Sit tall or lie down comfortably.  Place one hand on your stomach and one on your chest.  Draw air in through the nose, deeply into the stomach, rather than the chest.  Exhale through open lips slowly.  Feel the movement of the stomach, expanding and relaxing. Take long, slow breaths.  Try and exhale more air than you take in.

  Feel the relaxation response activate.  Do This Daily!!!

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