Does breathwork really work?

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Breathwork is a great tool to help your body repair itself. While there are numerous variants, techniques, and names of breathwork, all provide the possibility for personal development via increased mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being.

Does breathwork really work?

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Breathwork is a great tool to help your body repair itself. While there are numerous variants, techniques, and names of breathwork, all provide the possibility for personal development via increased mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. But we often live with persistently shallow breathing, denying ourselves our full life force, keeping us in a condition of tension, or fight or flight. It is believed that deep rhythmic breathing helps us enter the parasympathetic nervous system. It is claimed that how we breathe and the breathing exercises that we use determines how we live, so we feel that to live fully we must breathe fully. That’s where breathwork comes in.

There are five types of brainwaves that we move through:

  • Gamma

  • Beta

  • Theta

  • Alpha

  • Delta

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Helps To Reduce Anxiety, Stress, Grief, Depression, And Anger

Few people in today’s world haven’t experienced anxiety or despair. As a result, our moods don’t start taking over our professional and personal life. Our breathing typically reflects our mood. Long deep abdominal breaths can help us feel peaceful, centred, grounded, and invigorated, whereas shallow fast breaths make us worried and exhausted. Using a simple breathing technique, focusing on our breathing pattern and exploring things like ice bathing are all brilliant ways to help stress relief and

Deep breathing triggers the parasympathetic nervous system, taking us out of fight or flight mode (the sympathetic nervous system). By stimulating this, you create a deep sense of relaxation and reduce general tension and anxiety.

Boosts Your Energy And Immune System

Breathwork increases blood oxygen capacity, resulting in increased energy and stamina. The amount of oxygen we inhale directly affects the amount of energy released into our cells. Our body could use this extra energy to enhance immunity, give you energy if you haven’t slept well or are having a stressful day (which also drain your energy). Because you’re supplying your body with oxygen, you can increase the intensity of your workout. Daily breathwork practice can help you control your energy and immune system.

More Self-Awareness, Joy, And Presence

We breathe via our mouths in breathwork using techniques such as pursed lips, diaphragmatic breathing, and abdominal breathing, which gives you the space to delve within generates an experience of profound presence, self-awareness, progressive muscle relaxation, and errant stress response. Our brainwaves can slow down from the thinking by doing stage of Beta and Alpha to a more dreamy state of being, Theta. This condition of being in the now, unbound by the past or future, causes sensations of contentment and joy to flood over people when a shift in consciousness occurs.

Better Self-Love

So many of us battle with self-love. We often become stuck in our heads with emotions of inadequacy. By moving from nostril to mouth breathing, breathwork allows us to smoothly transfer from thought to body. While enhanced self-love is difficult to quantify, it is a direct result of breathwork. It’s hard not to feel that greater connection with oneself when your body vibrates during breathwork. And merely deepening your relationship with yourself is a step towards self-love.

Improve Your Sleep

Numerous stimulants such as our phones and social media, coffee, sweets, and low-grade tension and worry affect our sleep. Thankfully, deep breathing used in breathwork helps soothe the nervous system, reducing the effects of stimulants and tension, allowing you to sleep better. Also, calming the mind with breathwork assists you to fall asleep sooner and sleep deeper.

You Should:

Take deep breaths

Inhale slowly

Exhale slowly

Have breath focus

Concentrate on your stomach muscles

Avoid shallow breaths

Get yourself into a comfortable position

Try several techniques

 

Let Go Of Trauma And Fear You Are Holding Onto

Unprocessed negative emotions, fear, and trauma can form energetic barriers that cause physical harm. Talk therapy can help us identify our anxieties and traumas, but it can’t always help us release them. These childhood traumas and obstacles might keep us from living the life we want. Breathwork is a powerful tool for releasing fear, trauma, limiting beliefs, and unpleasant emotions.

Pain Relief

If you suffer chronic pain, you’ve probably attempted to avoid your body to avoid it. To separate yourself from your body is to separate yourself from your body’s intrinsic ability to repair itself. Breathwork effortlessly reconnects you with your body, which aids in the healing process.

Deep breathing also releases endorphins, which lower pain sensitivity and increase pleasure, resulting in a sense of well-being. Deep breathing also reduces pain by making the body’s pH more alkaline. Sore muscles after a training session or other exercise, is one of the top reasons that people use breathing exercises. It’s also common for them to use breathing exercises alongside cold therapy.

Breathwork lowers cortisol, which lowers stress, which lowers pain. Deep belly breathing relieves chronic pain by relaxing muscles that stiffen up due to discomfort and so increase the pain.

Make sure that you receive the right advice diagnosis or treatment before you start using any relaxation techniques or breathing exercises. If you notice any shallow breaths, feel lightheaded, or your body feels under stress, make sure you stop the breathing practice and consult a professional.

Release Body Toxins

Deep breathing aids detoxification, lung efficiency, and heart health. Over 50% of your body’s poisons are designed to be removed through breathing. Carbon dioxide is the major poison exhaled by the breath. Deep rhythmic breathing expands the diaphragm, relaxing the body and massaging the lymphatic system, aiding in toxin clearance.

In addition to lung strength, you are decreasing toxin release. You can also eliminate pollutants more effectively by breathing deeply more often. This lets more oxygen-rich blood into the cells. Finally, because breathwork increases oxygen capacity, it benefits physical exercise, which helps eliminate pollutants. Deep breathing helps the circulatory system, which is another significant route for removal and cleansing.

Helps Digestion

Breathwork can aid digestion by increasing blood flow and promoting intestinal function. Breathwork also relieves bloating and gas. Breathwork also reduces stress, which lowers cortisol, which reduces intestinal inflammation. Finally, by reducing overall tension and anxiety with breathwork, you are setting yourself up to make healthier food choices and therefore less likely to overeat or consume the wrong foods that cause gastrointestinal troubles!

Breathwork Techniques

Deep belly breathing This method uses a deep breath. Imagine your breath filling your body as you inhale. Inhale and let your belly and chest expand. Exhaling relaxes your chest and draws your navel in toward your spine. This form of deep breathing relaxes the body.

4-7-8 Breathing Exercises

4-7-8 Breath This method uses counting beats as a tool to focus and calm the mind. Inhale for four beats, hold for seven, then exhale for eight. This helps you totally empty your lungs.

Alternate Nostril Breathing Exercises

Alternate Nostril Breath Inhale through your left nostril and hold while you flip sides. Let go of your right index finger and use your right index finger to press on the left nostril as you exhale. Pause, inhale deeply, and repeat. This breathing practice promotes mental and physical balance.

Holotropic Breathing Exercises

It’s preferable to practise this skill with an expert. The goal is to inhale and exhale continuously without pause. This sort of breathing replenishes your cells with oxygen.

Pursed Lip Breathing Exercises

Pursed lip breathing works by bringing oxygen into your lungs and removing carbon dioxide. By slowing down your breathing rate and easing shortness of breath, this approach helps to keep airways open longer, allowing you to release trapped air from your lungs.

Breathwork techniques are commonly used with cold water immersion during ice bath therapy.

Benefits Of Breathwork?

It’s easy to feel stressed and out of control. By focusing on breathing, you give your body a chance to reset and recuperate from stress.

It can help your body in many ways.

  • Lower blood pressure

  • More deep sleep time

  • PTSD and trauma reduction

  • Better lung health

  • Immunity boost

  • The body’s stress hormones released

  • Among the emotional perks:

  • Less despair and anxiety

  • Mental focus

  • Addiction reduction

  • Healing emotional scars

  • Optimism

  • Peace and joy

Effectiveness: It takes practice to focus on the methods required for breathwork. Distractions from noise and events may reduce the effectiveness of breathwork.

 

Ryan Abbott

Ryan Abbott

Founder of Urban Ice Tribe & Urban Ice Gear

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