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Ever heard of breathing therapy? I have to say that out of all the different therapies I have heard of, this one was without a doubt one I wasn’t entirely sure about. I always knew breathing was important (duh, right?) but do any of us really need to have a someone tell us that? Believe it or not, it turns out we really do and here’s what we found out.

Breathing should be the most natural thing to do in the world, we actually do it on a day to day basis without even realising it around 20,000 times a day and yet it seems like as we get older and get more high-pressure jobs amongst other stressful situations, we tend to forget to do it properly.

Experts in this type of therapy are known as “breathwork therapist” and they believe that it is common for people to pick up bad breathing techniques over time due to responsibilities increasing. Stuart Sandeman, founder of Breathpod explains on Harper Bazaar that the brain’s stress levels can be influenced by changing up your breathing patterns. “In a stressful situation, the heart rate increases, causing shorter, faster intakes,” he says. “When we exhale for longer than we inhale, it activates the vagus nerve and slows the heart rate. In this calmer state, we are able to respond better to those situations.”

Which is what brings us to the clear pattern that breathing and mental health are very much linked up. According to studies, specialists claim that is possible to get rid of 80% of the emotional and physical toxins by respiration, but these exercises need to be done well.

Proper breathing takes practice but lucky for you the study of these techniques has been highly popular in the last years and getting help is much easier than it has ever been. This website also explains the different type of breathworks and explains clearly what to expect during a session if you are interested.

Curious? Head over to the Transformational Breath foundation to find out more about those practices or even ask your GP for more details! Better yet, why not recommend getting a specialist at lunchtime to your boss?

We’re almost halfway through March which only means one thing; we need to start getting healthy! What are your top tips to staying fit at the moment?

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