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Crucial But Ignored – Are you breathing correctly?

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Do you wish to know the techniques that can…

  • Detoxify and vanish toxins out of your body.
  • Release the accumulated tension.
  • Relax your body and mind.
  • Bring you mental clarity.
  • Relieve emotional problems.
  • Alleviate pain.
  • Massage your organs.
  • Increase muscle mass.
  • Strengthen your immune system.
  • Improve your posture.
  • Improve the quality of your blood.
  • Increase digestion and the assimilation of food.
  • Improve the health of your nervous system.
  • Strengthen your lungs.
  • Make your heart stronger.
  • Assist you in controlling your weight.
  • Boost your energy levels to the roof.
  • Improve cellular regeneration.
  • Elevate your moods.

And there is just one simple thing you can do to achieve all that, and even more.

It’s called complete breathing.

The Importance of Breathing Techniques

breathI know how insignificant this may seem, but for centuries, Oriental and Buddhist cultures have been practicing certain breathing techniques that helped them enjoy the benefits listed above.

You may also know them under the more familiar name of meditation and mindfulness exercises.

Both of them rely heavily on respiratory control.

And don’t think this is just bogus.

Even the scientific community has confirmed that this type of breathing is very beneficial for your entire body.

It is a scientific fact that deep breathing stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system – responsible for the involuntary activity of your body when you are resting.

In contrast, shallow breathing stimulates the sympathetic system responsible for stimulating the body’s fight-or-flight response.

Shallow breathing is activated during periods of stress.

By learning different breathing techniques, you will be able to control your stress and anxiety.

Thankfully, out of all your body’s automatic responses (reflexes – involuntary, unconscious actions of your body) respiration is the only one you can voluntarily control (besides blinking).

Think of it as a gateway through which you can send messages to your brain.

But first, you should know what types of breathing there are:

Clavicular Respiration

This is a shallow breath because the ribcage does not allow the lungs to expand as much as they would in deeper breathing.

To check if you normally use this type of breathing, place one hand on your chest and one hand on your abdomen and breathe normally.

Which of the two hands rises?

  • If the upper one raises – your breathing is clavicular. 
  • If the lower one raises – your breathing is abdominal.
  • When both hands raise – your breathing is quite deep.

Unfortunately, clavicular breathing is inefficient because you are getting little oxygen.

This rapid and shallow breathing results in a poor transmission of oxygen to the blood which sends very little nutrients to where they are needed.

Over time, this kind of breath can increase stress and prevent your brain and body from functioning properly because your oxygen supply is insufficient.

Diaphragmatic or Deep Breathing

It is also called abdominal breathing, it consists of bringing air to the lower part of your lungs, using the muscles of the diaphragm.

You will see your abdomen rise (hence its name).

You may find deep breathing strange and unnatural because:

  • In our society, it is desirable to have a flat belly (especially women). Therefore, people tend to retain their abdominal muscles and in turn prevent a deep breath.
  • Continued stress and anxiety maintain a shallow breathing and contracted abdominal muscles.

This breathing technique has no disadvantage because it allows a complete flow of oxygen to your body, allowing it to function properly.

The heart rate goes down as does your blood pressure.

Related: How To Combat Stress And Anxiety Without Drugs


Thoracic Respiration

In this breathing, the intercostal muscles raise the rib cage when you inhale, expanding the chest.

Usually, this type of breathing is done to make you more aware of this part of your body.

It is not used independently but rather as an additional phase for complete breathing.

Complete Breathing

Deep or complete breathing requires the air entering your nostrils to fill different areas of your lungs.

When you breathe deeply your abdomen (or belly), your diaphragm, and your chest rise.

By performing this breathing technique you will enter a superior state of calm and relaxation.

Why?

Your body receives a large supply of oxygen, thus reducing your:

  • Heart rate
  • Blood pressure
  • Blood cortisol levels

While deep breathing can be done automatically, complete breathing can’t, since it is somewhat more complicated to perform if you are not used to it.

However, you do not need to worry, in my next email I will give you the best breathing techniques to vanquish anxiety and stress whenever you desire.

Control the way you breathe and you’ll control your mind.

To your health!

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