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Heal’ring Breathwork

Written by Tanya Lee

Why do we focus on breath work here at Heal’r?

Breath work is a general term used to describe different techniques, exercises and programs that alter our breathing pattern. All these exercises involve us becoming more conscious of our breath. Experiences are unique to our students, as the techniques can be used for different reasons. 

 

People may choose to adopt breathwork exercises to help them with anxiety, depression, anger, chronic pain, PTSD, to improve self-awareness, release negative thoughts and process emotions. At Heal’r we encourage conscious breathing to activate your parasympathetic nervous system. This has proven studies to lower your heart rate and blood pressure. When we learn to use our diaphragm rather than our chest cavity it can help relax our chest and neck muscles. Once you start your breathwork practice, you will begin to notice the physical effects almost instantly.  

 

Breathwork can also be used to help deal with the emotional effects of illnesses, which is why our osteopath, physiotherapist, kinesiologist and naturopaths also encourage the various techniques in our clinic. Our Heal’r instructors also use breathwork to end our movement classes. 

 

Different techniques

There are a variety of exercises that can be used for breathwork. We suggest that it is best to try different techniques that we have discovered have effects for our clients and students and see which one achieves the result you are after. 

Some exercises include:

  • Box breathing
  • Diaphragmatic breathing
  • Pursed lip breathing
  • 4-7-8 breathing
  • Alternate nostril breathing
  • Pranayama > is a practice used in ancient yogic teachings to control the breath. We often hear instructors telling us to become aware of our breathing. Once we start to breathe consciously, it can be used as a form of therapy and helps to improve self-awareness. 

Example sequence (Box breathing)

Box breathing, also known as 4-square breathing and square breathing, is an exercise used to heighten concentration and release stress. 

  1. Start by sitting upright in a chair with feet flat on the ground. Hands are placed in your lap with palms facing up. 
  2. Slowly exhale, focusing on emptying your lungs 
  3. Inhale slowly through your nose to the count of four, focusing on slowly filling up your lungs.
  4. Hold for a slow count of 4 seconds. 
  5. Exhale through your mouth for a slow count of four seconds. 
  6. Hold your breath for another count of 4 seconds before repeating this process as many times as desired. 

 

We believe that in the current situation us Melbournians are in with COVID, it is more important now than ever to practice more mindfulness daily. This will help with the processing of emotions, heal from emotional pain and trauma, and aid positive self development.

 

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