Deep breathing helps to relax

Shiny eyes, muscle tone, even skin tone, warm hands – deep breathing literally fills us with life. And three simple exercises will help to learn to breathe correctly.

Deep breathing is prevented by chronic tension in the muscles. “It appears as a result of unresolved emotional conflicts,” writes the psychotherapist Alexander Lowen (1). The exercises proposed by him help not only to return the ability to deep breathing, but to free up unexpressed feelings and really relax.

1. Sleeping on the stool

Target: make breathing deep, relax (especially in the shoulder zone), stop stooping.

Lowen calls the deflection back the most effective form of sipping. There was a stool in his bedroom, on which he lay down every morning before breakfast for a couple of minutes.

The exercise is performed on a blanket folded into a roll, which lies on a stool about 60 centimeters high. The stool needs to be installed in front of the bed – so that the head and hands are hanging over it when stretching.

The legs are confidently standing on the floor, the feet parallel to each other at a distance of about 30 centimeters, a pelvis in a limbo. The folded blanket is under the shoulder blades, but its position can be varyed to mobilize various groups of the back muscles. Hands are thrown up and touch the bed, or hang over it.

Breathe mouth as deep as possible. In this not too convenient position, the temptation is great to hold their breath, as many people are used to doing in stressful situations. If you relax, then breathing will become deep and complete (to a greater extent abdominal and greater amplitude).

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