We recognise that breathing is fundamental to life but not so widely accepted is the fact that breathing impacts on health and wellbeing in so many ways. I've noticed a trend of clients lately who have all shown much tension in their respiratory diaphragm, shallow breathing and poor potency in their system.
So what is so special about breathing, beside the obvious?!
Our bodies are designed to release about 70% of toxins/natural waste through breathing, the more effective the breath, the more effective the release.
Shallow breathing means that your body will not be getting the optimum amount of oxygen and over a prolonged period of time, this can impact on your health.
Our breath is intrinsically linked to how we feel emotionally; if we're tense or angry, our breathing will become constricted. If we anticipate fear or pain, our breathing becomes constricted. Good breathing will change this situation; it will bring more harmony to your nervous system and bring equanimity to your emotions.
Even the simple act of pausing and taking some time to consciously follow your inhalation and exhalation will bring peace and stillness to your being - without needing to change your breath.
However, its also really good to practice deeper breather. Ideally you would breathe deeply into your abdomen not just your chest. (Even in the old Greek and Roman times the doctors recommended deep breathing, the voluntary holding of air in the lungs, believing that this exercise cleansed the system of impurities and gave strength.)
Deep Breathing should be a part of our everyday life. It not only can lengthen the years that we get to live, but can make us happier, more productive and energetic living them too. Breathing deeply is a well-known stress reliever so why not give it a try today?
Craniosacral sessions are available with Ri in Bristol, Cirencester and Cherington.