The age old saying is so true, you can live without food for a few weeks, water for a few days, but oxygen for just a few minutes. But most of us take our breath for granted, and why shouldn’t we, after all it’s something we do automatically. But like driving the car on a long journey and often you’re not really conscious of every aspect of the journey (we call this unconscious competence), we could be doing this more effectively. Breathing is part of the autonomic nervous system, that is we do it automatically without thinking, but we can control and change our breathing, and in turn affect out autonomic nervous system. A lot of us spend a lot of time in ‘fight or flight’ these days without even realising it, rushing around trying to fit everything in, our breathing becomes fast and shallow, using the upper chest and often with our mouths open. By becoming aware of how we are breathing and changing it, we can change the way we feel internally, which can change our heart rate, blood pressure among many other things.
When we stop and focus on our breathing, we are in the ‘present’ moment. Often, even though we may not realise it, we are thinking of events that happened in the past, or something which may happen in the future. These thoughts are wasted moments and often linked with anxiety and stress, they take us out of the simple joy of being fully present in the moment. There are many ways of using the breath: to relax, to increase our awareness, to feel happier, to feel physically, mentally and emotionally better.
Breathing Techniques for stress, anxiety and panic
In this modern, busy world we live in, many of us lead stressful lives and occasionally suffer from anxiety or panic attacks. I can teach you some incredibly effective yet simple breathing techniques (which are also scientifically proven) to change your physiology and help cope with stress more effectively, becoming more resilient to our everyday anxieties.
Breathing for asthma
Struggling with asthma? Or exercise-induced asthma? Through the Oxygen Advantage breathing techniques, you will learn the physiology behind what’s happening when you feel breathless, and learn breathing techniques to relieve this and to generally improve your respiratory health as well.
Breathing for athletes
As an athlete, are you aware of how you breathe? Do you spend most of the day at rest breathing through the nose and then as soon as you start exercising you open your mouth and start breathing heavily. Or do you breathe through your mouth all the time without realising? Learning some simple yet effective breathing techniques that can be adapted into your training can significantly improve your athletic performance, whether you’re a weekend warrior, an elite athlete or just interested in staying fit and healthy without feeling like you’re struggling to breathe the minute you go from a walk to a jog.
What does a breath work session involve?
Depending on your reason for attending, a breathwork session will usually last for 50 minutes and will involve some assessments and measurements of your current breathing patterns followed by a range of breathing techniques. Follow up sessions may be advised to further improve these techniques or to re-assess, however this will be assessed on an individual basis, and discussed with you at the time of your appointment.
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Based in the Little Green Clinic, providing treatment and pain relief for sports injuries and general musculo-skeletal injuries.