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Protect Your Mental: Breathwork

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Do you suffer from Anxiety? Depression? Lack of Self Control? You’re not alone. Mental Health has grown to become a very important discussion within mainstream media. Here at Randy Robbers Insurance Agency, we always talk about Protecting Your Immune System Vehicle and a big part of that includes protecting your mental state. In our current society, how we decide to address mental health issues can vary from 1:1 therapy with a trained mental health professional or medication.  While these methods have proven to work we as humans like to have alternatives. We like to have options. Lucky for you, today we focus on one of those alternative treatments known as Breathwork.

What Is Breathwork?

In short, it’s a type of therapy that consists of a variety of breathing exercises and techniques. These techniques work by changing your breathing pattern for the purposes of improving your well-being in a holistic way. This means boosting your overall state-mentally, physically and spiritually. This form of therapy will teach you to how to speed up, slow down, and alter your breathing pattern to improve your focus, instill calmness, and finding your center. 

The rationale behind this therapy stems from the belief that by focusing on your breathing in an intentional manner, you will be able to trigger the healing and calming energies that are within the body. Once you are able to control and instruct your breath you will be able to command many reactions/processes that are often assumed to be unconscious or involuntary. Through these breathing techniques you will be able to consciously regulate your mental, physical, and spiritual states.

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What Are The Benefits Of This Therapy?

There are many different reasons that people have been practicing Breathwork. The most noticeable benefits of this form of therapy includes improved immunity, improved self-awareness, better creativity, a rise in joy and happiness, decrease in feelings of stress and anxiety, a decline in negative thoughts, a stronger ability to cope with emotional pain and trauma and overall improved emotion management. To summarize, an improved emotional state and reduced stress are the biggest advantages associated with Breathwork therapy. So if you suffer from anger issues, depression, PTSD, anxiety, or depression, you might want to consider this alternative style of treatment. 

How Can You Get Involved?

Breathwork’s origins are based in Yoga and Tai Chi body-centric practices (which are Eastern practices) with a blend of Western psychological, therapeutic principles and techniques. There is no one size fits all approach as Breathwork practice can include talk therapy, art, music, bodywork, in addition to breathing exercises. The types of Breathwork available is plentiful as there is Clarity Breathwork, Conscious Breathing, Transformation Breathwork, Zen Yoga Breathwork.  If you choose to get involved, you will be supervised by a qualified Breathwork specialist. There is also the option to attend sessions by yourself, as a couple, or as groups. 

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Can You Start Today?

One of the easier techniques that you can begin today is Box Breathing. This technique requires you to take slow, deep breaths. The purpose of this exercise is to improve concentration and performance. Begin by sitting upright and slowly breathe outward to remove all the oxygen from your lungs. Dedicate your focus to this process. Next, you must slowly breathe inward from your nose (while counting to four in your head). Make sure to fill your lungs until the air moves to your abdomen. Now hold your breath, again while counting to four in your head. Then exhale to remove this air from your lungs and abdomen. Lastly, hold your breath again until the count of four. Rinse and repeat. Complete this routine is sets of four during each exercise session.

As a newbie, Breathwork techniques maybe difficult to conquer during the initial attempts. It is not uncommon to experience dizziness but with practice that feeling dissipates, especially with Box Breathing. This is one exercise you will want to repeat multiple times a day to reduce stress and find tranquility. Are you willing to try this Breathwork technique or exploring some of the other ones? Leave your thoughts below. 

Sources:

(n.d.). What is Breathwork? Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/health/breathwork#exercises

Gotter. A, & Weatherspoon. D, (February 22. 2019). Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/health/box-breathing

(June 22, 2018). Breathwork. Retrieved from https://www.goodtherapy.org/learn-about-therapy/types/breathwork

(n.d.). Breathwork Therapy What Is It? Retrieved from https://www.crchealth.com/types-of-therapy/what-is-breathwork/

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