Do you remember that beautiful feeling of wellbeing and walking on clouds just after a massage treatment? But within a few days it's gone and you are thrown back into the reality of stress, pain and tension.
There is a way how you can help to feel on top of the world for longer and eventually stay there. The way to wellbeing starts with proper breathing. Yes, we are back talking about breath. You cannot live without it so why not to do it properly and feel amazing? One of the main breathing muscles - the diaphragm is linked with the parasympathetic branch of our autonomic nervous system and thus promotes relaxation response through the body. We cannot possibly keep our muscles relaxed and in good posture if our body is under the spell of the stress response. We automatically move into defensive posture and our muscles tense up ready to run or fight. Even unconscious thoughts in our mind can produce stress response within the body. We need to actively and regularly activate the relaxing response to keep our muscles and the rest of the body and mind well. How do we do it?
Practise deep diaphragmatic breathing at the least once a day. Remember to always have your spine straight when practising your breathing. At the beginning you might find it easier to lie down with your knees bend one hand on your abdomen and the other one on your chest. Breathe into your abdomen feeling your lower hand to rise up with your abdomen on inhalation and drop back down on exhalation. Your upper hand stays nice and still. Practise for a few minutes, the very least 10 breaths and hopefully you hear your stomach making noises which is an indicator of your relaxing response 'kicking in'.
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