Your breathing pattern is learned, and you continue to breathe as you do out of
habit. There are two breathing styles and each sends a different message to the brain.
Abdominal or Diaphragmatic Breathing Stimulates Relaxation Response
Breathing is slow, deep and efficient. It encourages relaxation and calm thinking.
It sends messages to the body function calmly and efficiently. It allows the body
to repair and maintain. The immune system stays active and heals faster.
Upper Chest Breathing. Stimulates the Fight or Flight Response.
Breathing is rapid and shallow. It encourages panicky thoughts and
nervousness. It sends a message to the brain of trouble or alarm and to
conserve energy for attack. It does not allow the body to repair, build or
maintain. The immune system becomes depressed and healing is slower.
Give It a Try
Abdominal breathing is easy to learn and effortless to do. It takes
approximately ONE MONTH OF DAILY PRACTICE and frequent use to convert
to the abdominal breathing pattern.
1. Release all the air from your lungs. Then release any remaining air that you
have been holding back.
2. Slowly allow the area just below the waistline to push out and allow the air
to come in automatically and effortlessly through the nose until the lower
lungs are full. Then continue breathing in to fill the upper lungs to the top.
3. Release the built up fullness in the abdominal area allowing the abdomen
to move inward. Muscle relaxation and elastic tissue action will now
automatically and effortlessly release the air from your lungs.
4. Do this at least 3 times in a row. Try to remember to do it several times a
day, especially if feeling stressed or hurried, just stop and say to yourself,
“Three deep breaths” and do it.
6. for the remainder of your life!
Balanced Ways Acupuncture
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