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The way we breathe is stress-related

The stress reaction is a natural response to fear or uncertainty. When you feel anxious, afraid, or upset, it prepares your body to fight or flee from danger. Most stress-inducing experiences we face today, however, can\'t be resolved either by fig

Stresses can pile up without you noticing, each tension feeding others until you become chronically
Eventually this is expressed as physical disease or mental disorders.

It has now been affirmed both medically and scientifically that the way we breathe is stress-related. Due to the ever-increasing demands of modern day life we have accumulated poor breathing habits.

In many cases of stress-related illnesses we are simply not getting enough oxygen into the blood cells which starts to build up toxins in the cells and we begin create a dis-ease which can lead to illness.

Most of us are oral breathers, taking air in and out of the mouth. The correct and most beneficial way is to inhale through the nose and exhale through the nose or mouth. We do not take enough breath abdominally into our system to stay relaxed and healthy. We also forget one of the most important aspects of taking breath in through the nose. The sinus tract has a compact filtering system to remove toxins, pollution and poisonous gases to protect the lungs.

We all have the ability to switch off and step back from the daily demands, the
never-ending thoughts occupying our attention. The brain and nervous system not only need oxygen but need to be able to relax.

Natural breathing enables us to support our overall health, improving the functioning and efficiency of our heart lungs, nerves and other organs. We can balance our emotions, transforming our stress and negativity into the energy needed for self-healing.

For some years I have been practising a gentle and simple form of holistic therapy based around learning - or re-learning - correct and relaxed natural breathing.

Benefits are felt quickly and the therapy is complementary, not interfering in any way with other treatment that may be ongoing.

People stressed by the demands of work, relationships, financial pressures and the like have been freed from anxiety and a sense of helplessness.

It has been invaluable to people suffering from a wide range of stress-related psychological, emotional and nervous conditions, insomnia, for example. Some with more serious illnesses such as asthma, heart disease, diabetes and hypertension have also responded very positively. For all of us, whether sick or well, our quality of life can only be enhanced by learning corrective breathing.

Submitted: 03-03-2019

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