How often do we hear that word these days? It seems in the fast paced lives and everyday activities, we may find ourselves doing shallow or only short upper chest breathing. We are feeling tired and lack energy by mid day.
Deeper and slower breathing brings in a large amount of oxygen which nourishes and relaxes our muscles, vital organs, and calms our busy minds.
Increased oxygen intake with deep breathing relaxes the muscles and allows increased blood flow to feed them adequately. Focusing on slow, deep breaths quiets our busy and active minds to help us to be in the present moment and centered.
In my massage practice, the client lies on the table just doing breathing for the first 3 to 5 minutes before the actual hands on massage begins.
1. Place your left hand on the center of you chest.
2. Place your right hand over your belly button (navel).
3. Close your eyes, have both feet on the floor and take in a breath through your nose and feel the abdomen and then the chest rise (expand) and hold your breath for 1 or 2 seconds.
4. Slowly release the breath through your mouth and feel your chest and abdomen return to the starting position. Wait 1 or 2 seconds and repeat steps 3 and 4 up to 3 to 5 times.
5. Ahhh--experience a calm and inner peace.
This experience is like watching the rhythm of waves on a lake shore.
Submitted respectfully, and wishing you only peaceful thoughts. Romance yourself and give yourself this gift of breathwork--do it for 21 days and make it a habit...watch the magic...
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