When I have given talks in the past about changing the way you inhale and exhale and explain the dramatic positive effects on well-being people immediately become cynical.
I’m not surprised because most people regard learning to breathe a bit like learning to grow your hair and nails.
That overlooks the habitual lifetime habit of being a bad breather…the good news being you can become a habitual good breather with some training.
Bad breathers develop their habits during sleep, whilst they are eating, working, working out and even relaxing!
We can blame all aspects of our lifestyle on bad breathing but regardless, there are ground rules when it comes to being a good breather.
Irrespective of whether for example, we are sitting down and deskbound or using technology in a variety of circumstances and being on a heightened sense of anticipation, all of these scenarios can cause breathing to move from the tummy to the intercostal muscles around the upper chest area.
As a result, our breathing often increases. Given that our nervous system doesn’t allow us to relax without slow and gentle breathing and what Buteyko practitioners call low-volume breathing, this creates an overwhelmed and agitated mind.
Our nervous system, once we become adults is designed to function at around eight breaths per minute. I explain this to people I treat in consults and in companies and organisations I visit and they are shocked given their propensity to take on average around 15 to 20 inhalations a minute, which is bordering on the pathological!
Buteyko enables people to learn core techniques that calm the breathing and calm mind and body.
The evidence from numerous studies is substantial and you only need to ask for me to present this to you in and I will in volumes!
The positive effects of good breathing not only calm the mind but help for example, bring optimal nutrition to your cells.
Ultimately, once you become aware of how much the breath and how we breathe influences how we feel – that’s mentally, emotionally and physically – you will see the practice of breathing techniques as essential to a happy, calm and fulfilling lifestyle.
Joel Jelen Director www.resetbreathing.com @resetbreathing 07710 436 125