yesterday we discussed shallow or rapid breathing, both an effect and affector of the stress response in your body. head back to my link in bio (@studio.on.27) to catch that post
respiration holds a unique position in our physiology because it is the only autonomic function which can also easily be controlled by willpower! breathing connects our conscious and subconscious minds and is closely related to functions of the heart (Touchpoint Denmark). during inspiration the sympathetic activity goes up and the heart rate increases. when we expire the opposite happens and the heart rate goes down.
so then it goes to logic that taking long slow inhalations with an even longer slower exhalation would reduce the stress response in our body.
so we know shallow breathing (or more than 10-12 breaths in one minute) is bad for us – so how do we retrain our body to breathe deeper? and what are some of the benefits of deep breathing?
deep breathing allows you to gain more oxygen which allows you to expel more carbon dioxide at every out breath. this is why it is important to have a longer exhalation than inhalation, ridding your body of what is poison to it.
deep breathing is a natural relaxer. just by thinking about deep breathing you are more in tune with your body and it’s needs in the moment and better able to attend to it. deep breathing also relieves pain, stimulates the lymphatic system (detoxifies the body and requires breath and movement to work), improves immunity, increases energy, lowers blood pressure and improves digestion! AMAZING!
tomorrow we will look at a breathwork meditation that we can do any time to help retrain our breathwork and reduce the stress responses in our body.
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