Thursday, 11 February 2016

So simple yet so powerful!


More and more I find I am 'prescribing' deep down belly breathing, and likewise, finding myself doing more of the same, after all, life's busy and a deep breath can help slow the pace of  life momentarily.

More importantly, I am repeatedly witnessing the benefits this simple behavioural change can bring about.

Belly breathing (diaphragmatic breathing) is easy to implement across all age groups, is very cost effective and kids particularly enjoy and benefit from it too.

The many and varied benefits of (deep) breath...

  • Deep breathing relaxes the nervous system by stimulatiing the parasympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic nervous system is the one in charge of restful & digestive activities.
  • Breathing is also a detoxification process. A deep breath encourages elimination of  CO2 plus other waste gases from the blood. As well, deep breathing improves our acid-alkaline balance.
  • Pain management- deep breath increases endorphin release, our body's own pain killing hormones. As any woman that has experienced childbirth, or anyone's that's experienced pain might know, breathing through the pain can make a huge difference to our experience of pain. The body tends to instinctively hold it's breath in pain so significant will is required.
  • Improved energy production - increased oxygenation = increased energy.
  • Better digestion - breathing assists better digestion in two ways. Firstly, diaphragmatic breathing increases blood flow to our abdominal organs, including the gut. Plus, calming our nervous system via deep breathing switches on our parasympathetic nervous system, which we know regulates digestive function.

Breathing Apps- Available for smart phones etc. 

  • Breathing Well Exercises
  • Universal BreathingTimer
  • Pranayama Universal or trial before you buy - Pranayama Free

Given the pace of life, deep breathe is probably the most effective, inexpensive, portable form of stress relief that we have.

Let me know how you go......