BREATHWORK

Breath detoxifies, releases toxins and strengthens the immune system

Amazing Facts About Breathing

You can go for weeks without food, days without water, but only a few minutes without breathing. Breathing has such an immediate impact on your mind and body that even the act of inhaling vs. exhaling affects your nervous system differently. It’s common to train in diet, exercise and even hydration, but almost no one trains their breath. This is a huge missed opportunity for health-seekers.

Did you know…

  • Breathing can change your blood PH(acid/alkaline) in minutes. No food, exercise or medication acts as quickly.

  • You can often determine your dominant nervous system state simply by placing your finger underneath your nostrils and exhaling.

  • Reduced rate breathing can stimulate a rest and digest, parasympathetic nervous system state to help with sleep, stress, and anxiety.

  • Rapid, pulsed breathing stimulates a sympathetic nervous system response to increase energy, prepare for exercise, or boost the body’s natural defenses. 

  • Diaphragmatic breathing massages the Vagus Nerve and reduces heart rate, lowers blood pressure, and reduces stress.

  • Severe respiratory conditions like asthma can be successfully managed by increasing CO2 levels in the blood.

  • Breathing can help reduce the fear of public speaking, improve digestion, reduce insomnia, lower stress, anxiety, and overwhelm

Around 70% of our toxins are released from our body through our breath. Carbon dioxide is a natural exhaled product of your body’s metabolism. Breathing in a variety of rhythms and depths assist the systems in the body to process this more efficiently.

 

Oxygen is frequently at the forefront of minds when breath is referred too, however I have been trained in Yoga Breathing sequences that manipulate the use of CO 2  creating positive, powerful results.

Slow Breathing Increases Cellular Oxygen

Logically, you’d think that if you breathe fast, you’ll get more oxygen, right? Not true. In fact, if you breathe really quickly for a few minutes, you’ll get dizzy and might even pass out. Slow breathing increases blood CO2 levels that allow for greater absorption of Oxygen

Breath calms the nervous system

Slow breathing activates the parasympathetic nervous system, (rest and digest) bringing us into a relaxed state. It functions in the opposite way to the sympathetic nervous system, which stimulates activities associated with the fight or flight response. Both have benefits, often we are in the wrong system at the wrong time of day or for a particular function. Gaining knowledge about how to optimise the function of each branch of the nervous system through breathing, will give you a very empowering tool for life.

I offer a 6 Part Breathing System, that is broken down into 3 categories, 3 different techniques that can transform your days, your sleep, your wellbeing, your life!

A take away to use when you are in need of a pick-me-up, reduced stress, or energy boost, using water breath, whiskey breath, and coffee breath, respectively. 

Coffee or Fire Breath ((AKA Up-Regulating)moves at > 20 breaths per minute.

Water Breath( (AKA Balanced Breathing) moves at 4-6 breathes per minute.

Whiskey or Earthing Breath((AKA Down-Regulating Breath) moves at < 4 breaths per minute.

Private Client Packages

 

Private Client work (1 month)

Meet 1 x per week x 30 minutes (in person or Video call)

Daily Practice  x 15 minutes 

Access to guided practice ongoing

Work Place workshops please contact me for more details

Breath strengthens the lymphatic system

The lymphatic system depends on gravity, muscle movement and breathing to keep flowing so that the body can be cleansed. Deep slow breathing can play an important role in protecting the body from bacteria, viruses and other threats to our health.

 

Breath affects our mental state

The quality of our breath helps to relax the mind and enhance the ability to focus, learn, concentrate and memorise. The brain requires a great deal of oxygen to function and increased intake of oxygen helps us to achieve clarity, feel grounded and productive. Slow breathing increases blood CO2 levels that allow for greater absorption of Oxygen. It also relieves stress, anxiety, depression and negative thought patterns.

Breathing properly can help us overcome addictive patterns of behaviour and eating disorders as well as igniting creativity and

passion.

Breath elevates the digestive system

Deeper breathing results in an increased blood flow in the digestive tract which encourages intestinal action and improves overall digestion, alleviating Irritable Bowel Syndrome and constipation. In addition, deeper breathing results in a calmer nervous system which in turn enhances optimum digestion.

Breath improves the cardiovascular system

Deep diaphragmatic breathing tones, massages and increases circulation to the heart, liver, brain and reproductive organs. In one study of heart attack patients, 100% of the patients were chest breathers whose breathing involved no diaphragm or belly expansion. Another study found that patients who survived a heart attack and who adopted an exercise regime and breath training afterwards experienced a 50% reduction in their risk factor of another heart attack over the following five years.

Breath keeps us looking youthful

It’s a universal truth that a happy face is more beautiful than a stressed or angry one. Even better news…

Breathing deeply slows the ageing process by increasing secretion of anti-ageing hormones! By reducing stress, it improves our mood, elevating the levels of serotonin and endorphins. A 2013 study by Harvard Medical School’s psychiatry department showed that people who meditate daily for four years have longer telomeres – the protective caps found on the end of chromosomes – than those who do not. Short telomeres have been linked to premature cellular ageing.

Breath releases muscle tension

When we are stressed or experience uncomfortable feelings such as anger or pain, our breath becomes shallow and our muscle tissues contract. Deep slow breathing helps to release this.

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