Remember to Breathe

It’s amazing how many people don’t breathe.

It just happens, automatically. The not breathing.

Which is ironic considering breathing is an automated function in our bodies!

But breath holding is about as helpful as turning down the volume in your car to help you read the street signs.

Ya, I’ve done that too…

I incorporate breath work into movement by having people pace their movement with an inhale, and then an exhale.

This serves a few purposes.

1. It helps you remember to breathe, plain and simple.
2. It ensures you are breathing evenly.
3. It helps you to slow down the movement, lest you hyperventilate.
4. And finally, it encourages you to make the movement as smooth as possible. Inhaling (or exhaling) into the movement, and then exhaling (or inhaling) out of the movement.

If traditional breathing exercises feel uncomfortable or awkward for you, give what I’ve just described a try.

Besides, as you’re going about your day, how often are you stopping and doing those breathing exercises?

I personally feel it’s more useful to retrain our bodies to associate movement with breath so that it happens more naturally as we move through our tasks and activities.

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If you would like to practice syncing breath to movements that are relevant to your life while cleaning up said to prevent repetitive strain injury, I would love to work with you.

This blog entry was written by Heather and is based on what she has seen work and not work for her clientele for over a decade. She is a career student who keeps her massage and yoga therapy training current, and does her best to keep up with the newest research and evidence that is constantly being released.

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