The art of deep relaxation and effective breathing
If meditation is not suitable for you or not your area of interest, why not learn relaxation and breath work with Paths to Peace, Colchester, for effective reduction of stress and tension.
Breathing and relaxing – how difficult can that be? Actually to completely relax takes a bit of skill. Also, effective breathing isn’t always something we do naturally, as many of us are shallow breathers, breathing just enough to keep us alive. We are always carrying tension in the body and often in the mind, stomach and diaphragm too. This is just a natural side effect of life. We are often rushing around, caught up in life’s dramas and subject to our emotions and thoughts, which can produce stress and tension. Even the way we habitually carry ourselves can cause tension in the body, as can the daily tasks we perform at home and at work. Not to mention the effect that driving and commuting can have on us.
Many of us engage in relaxing activities and of course some might say vegging out on the sofa is relaxing. However, these in themselves, whilst pleasant, don’t necessarily address deep rooted tension and unrest. When we engage in formal relaxation techniques, we are activating the brain in a completely different way from when we perform a relaxing activity or simply “chill out” and rest. Specifically, deep relaxation produces theta waves in the brain as well as alpha waves, theta being associated with intuition, visualisation and the bridge between the conscious and subconscious and alpha waves being the resting state of the brain promoting mental calmness, alertness, mind/body integration and learning. Such brain states are incredibly restful, calming and healing and give the brain a break from beta brainwaves that dominate our normal waking state. Beta waves are the high processing frequencies, which although necessary for problem solving, making judgments, completing tasks and critical reasoning, can also, if out of balance, be associated with stress, anxiety and restlessness. In other words, it’s the doing state of mind rather than the being state of mind.
Effective, calming breathing techniques can also activate the body’s parasympathetic nervous system (the rest and renewal branch of the autonomic nervous system), helping us to switch from stressed, hyper vigilant states to relaxed, happier, healthier state. Learning to breathe properly, deeply and slowly can make a huge difference to your health and wellbeing, helping you disperse stress and tension, feel more vitality and energy and promote calm in both mind and body.
Learn the art of deep relaxation and breath work with Paths to Peace either on an individual basis or in a class setting. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Louise on 01206 272453