One of the most common types of relaxation techniques people turn to when they want to de-stress is breathing exercises. These simple techniques are a great way to regulate and reduce the stress you carry in your body and mind. The many different breathing exercises can help you identify ways to breathe more effectively and use breathing to lower your tension. Many people even find that breathing exercises often lead to other physical benefits such as muscle relaxation.
The Benefits of Breath Training
The list of benefits that partner with proper breathing technique is seemingly endless. With both mental and physical benefits it is easy to see why these exercises are so commonly employed. Breathing exercises have been associated with lower rates of stress, depression and anxiety and an overall improvement in mental health. They also can help promotes blood flow, trigger the release of toxins from the body and even help you achieve better sleep patterns. All of these benefits combine to increase your energy level and help you feel like a better version of yourself.
How Does Breath Training Work
When you breathe fully and deeply, you simultaneously increase your oxygen levels, while also triggering a natural relaxation response. Your sympathetic nervous system is what controls the fight, flee or freeze reflex. It’s counterpart – the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) – is responsible for just the opposite. When you breathe deeply you activate the PNS and your heart rate slows, your blood pressure lowers as the blood vessels relax and your body reaches a state of calm and relaxation. We are all born with this natural way to destress with nothing more than a deep breath. Capitalizing on this can lead to significant improvement in the way you feel.
Why Does Breath Training Work
The reason breathing exercises are so effective is that they impact both our bodies and our minds. While other forms of relaxation training help us quiet our minds and improve our resility, breath training is a way we can change our bodies internal state. Proper breathing triggers a visceral response state of calm.
How Resility Helps You Breathe Better
We at Resility know that proper breathing is the foundation of any stress reduction program. Almost all other relaxation training exercises will ask you to begin your lesson with slowing your breathing. This is why we include breath training exercises in our program. With exercises ranging from simple breath focusing trainings to more specific ways to breathe effectively, they all lead to lower rates of stress and tension and higher rates of resilience.
How Breathing Exercises and Biofeedback Work Together
EMG Biofeedback can easily be used in conjunction with breathing exercises to lead to even better results. By using your EMG monitor you can keep an eye on your rate of respiration and even set goals for breathing. For most people the target breaths per minutes would be between 10 and 15. By pairing breathing exercises with a Biofeedback monitor you may be able to achieve as low as 8 to 10.
Your monitor can be a great tool for practicing breathing exercises. Adhere the electrodes to the underside of one of your wrists you can monitor the rise and fall of your shoulders as you breath, which equates to your breathing pattern. This will allow you to see how many breaths you are taking each minute and what changes you can make to slow your breathing.
When you pair breathing exercises with your Resility EMG monitor you will get a clear idea of just how successful your training has been.