If you've been reading this e-newsletter long, you've heard about the benefits of deep breathing exercises, the number two CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) therapy. From relaxation to ignoring winter chills to gaining more energy, deep breathing works wonders!
This month I asked Erik LaBelle, Reiki Master/Teacher, why deep breathing exercises are so important and how to do them right. Here are his thoughts:
Imagine the opposites of slow, deep breathing exercises to understand the the benefits.
When your fight-or-flight responses kick in, you hyperventilate. You lose control of your breathing and it becomes too fast. Slow, controlled breathing exercises help calm those panicky reflexes so you can relax. "Imagine the stress leaving your body as you exhale."
Fixating on your problems makes them loom larger and larger. Instead, focus on your breathing to free your mind from other stressors. Pay attention to inhaling, exhaling and counting each breath. "Breathe out the stray thoughts."
Oxygen fuels your body. "If you're not breathing, you're not alive!" More subtly, the quality of your breathing will reflect in your quality of life. Breathe in the energy and imagine it flowing through your body, clearing any blockages.
Breathing out the stress and breathing in the energy takes a little more care than simply inhale/exhale:
Remember help is just an email, phone call or tweet away. Erik is happy to answer your questions about deep breathing exercises, meditation and energy work. If relaxation continues to elude you, try a Reiki session. Email Erik LaBelle, Reiki Master/Teacher, or call 312-504-7693 to set an appointment for a Reiki healing session.
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