We breathe more than 20,000 times a day without thinking about it, but new health trend Breathwork AKA conscious breathing says we should all pay a bit more attention to the way we do it!
Breathing can change your emotional, physical and mental health says Richie Bostock from www.thebreathguy.co.uk whether it’s to help you relax when you are stressed or create energy when you are tired.
Slow controlled breathing may lower your blood pressure and help you drift off to sleep,
Some researchers suggest it can also influence your immune system.
This is becoming very popular. Classes are popping up everywhere, with videos and bloggers available on the internet and You Tube.
This technique breaks down your breathing into equal parts of “in breaths” and “out breaths”. This helps you relax and clear your mind.
For an Energy Boost
Your heart rate changes with the way you breathe, the slower you breathe the slower your heart rate. You can increase your heart rate by increasing your breath intakes.
After the Gym breathing.
There is an exercise known as 1-2-1 breathing which helps you switch from action mode to resting mode. This can also help you sleep better which is important for muscle repair after any training or gym session.
Massage and Breathing
According to Anne Williams, education program director at Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, muscles in the front and back of the upper body are accessory respiratory muscles, "When any of these muscles are chronically tight and shortened, they can restrict normal breathing and disrupt breathing patterns,". "Massage techniques to lengthen and relax these muscles improve breathing capacity and function."
Massage therapy can not only improve breathing, but also posture. This can lead to an opening of the chest area, as well as the structural alignment and rib cage expansion needed for optimal lung function,
Look at the websites below to find out more about specific exercises you can try to suit all your lifestyle needs.