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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. 

ALTERNATE NOSTRIL BREATHING 
Inhale through your right nostril – exhale through your left nostril – inhale left – exhale right…..

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

FOUR-PART BREATH
Breathe in for four seconds
Hold for four seconds
Breathe out for four seconds
Hold for four seconds
Repeat

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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