I started my career as a chiropractor and soon discovered that stress is the underlying cause most pain. I have spent many years searching for solutions and have studied, in depth, subjects such as bodywork, energy psychology, acupuncture and nutrition. I can say that all of the above have great beneﬁt, but in my experience I have found working with the breath to be the most self-empowering for the client. This, therefore, has had the most long-term success. In my practice I will often combine therapies depending upon the individual’s needs. I would like to share with you how such a simple thing as breath work can have a dramatic effect. Stress is an ever growing problem affecting more and more of us. It has almost become a habitual way of living. Some stress can be positive and stimulating but it can also be devastating to our health. Below is an outline of how stress can affect us and how the breath work can be helpful. The way we breathe tends to be habitual. If we have a long period of distress our breathing will become tense and shallow, this pattern will often remain when the distress has lifted. This will continue to send the signal that we are in trouble. (Shallow breathing sends the signal that you are in trouble, where as relaxed, longer, deeper breaths send the signal that you are in a good place.) The body will start to adapt to this new way of breathing and it will become increasingly more tense and the adrenal glands will remain on high alert. This will eventually affect the immune system and other bodily functions. A tense body affects the way our minds work and the way we react to our environment, possibly leading to panic attacks.
Breath work can help you reconnect to your breath and re teach you how to breathe correctly so that the above may be reversed, effectively relaxing and harmonizing both the body and mind. Starting to breathe naturally again takes some conscious effort to begin with.
I recommend that you start by closing your eyes and observe your breath. Then take a long out breath emptying your lungs completely, followed by a deep breath in (without pausing). Continue gently in this way for 20 breaths making the out breath slightly longer than the in breath. Then relax for a minute with your eyes closed or by looking into the ﬂame of a candle, allowing yourself to experience the way you feel.