In times of chaos, it often helps to take a deep breath. Many of our customers turn to our Breathe Easier or Deep Breath synergy blends to help align their breathing and find stability. Breathwork, also referred to as focused or mindful breathing, has recently gained national attention and proven to benefit the overallmental andphysical health of participants.
Numerous scientific studies are finding that breathwork therapy can have a huge effect on the brain, heart, digestive system and immune system. Quick and deep breathing helps our bodies release more carbon dioxide, prompting the blood to become more alkaline and retain more oxygen. Almost immediately, breathing exercises canchange blood pressure.
When practiced regularly, breathwork canalter the body’s stress responses. Instead of going into “fight or flight” mode during anxiety-producing events, you can actually learn toremain calm and in control by practicing breathwork. Manymedical professionals recommend breathwork as a natural remedy to those suffering from chronic stress, which often quickens the heart rate and induces rapid breathing. Deep breathing sends a message to the brain to calm down, a tool that you can use in almost any situation.
Although there are various techniques and types of breathwork, the term generally applies to any therapy that uses breathing as a tool to improve mental, physical or spiritual health. Abdominal or belly breathing is the action of inhaling through your nose as your lower belly rises. This practice ensures even the lowest part of your lungs receive proper oxygen.
Breathwork involves various breathing exercises sometimes led by an expert guide. Continuous circular breathing is when participants inhale and exhale without holding their breath at any point. The connected breath exercise involves taking four sets of four short breaths, followed by one deep breath. Other breathwork integrations include visualization, meditation, and progressive muscle relaxation.
The natural properties of many essential oils can help open up airways to allow oxygen to flow more freely through the respiratory system. Favorites like Lavender, Bergamot and Chamomile essential oils can help calm and ground the body so you can focus fully on breathing. Natural expectorants, which help limit allergic responses and clear excess mucous, include Lemon, Ravensara and Frankincense essential oils.
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