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Amy Weinberger

The power of breath

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These simple breathing exercises can be used to help calm yourself and encourage a switch from the sympathetic nervous system (fright or flight) to the parasympathetic (rest and digest) nervous system. 

Inhale through your right nostril – exhale through your left nostril – inhale left – exhale right…..

Plug your ears with your fingers. Hum on your exhale. Repeat.

Breathe in for four seconds
Hold for four seconds
Breathe out for four seconds
Hold for four seconds

A deep sigh is a sign that your parasympathetic nervous system is kicking in. Remember that levels of the stress hormone cortisol can take 3-4 hours to drop after a rise.

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Amy Weinberger
Amy Weinberger

Amy Weinberger is an Advanced Clinical Massage Therapist based in Brighton & Hove. Her particular areas of special interest are issues relating to the low back, hip and pelvis.

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