November 09, 2020

POWER OF BREATH

By Jennifer McCarthy, The Bellevue Spa Manager

Modern research is showing us that making even the slight adjustments to the way we inhale, and exhale can halt allergies, asthma and autoimmune disease and even rejuvenate internal organs and improve overall health.

What is considered as medically normal today is anywhere from twelve to twenty breaths a minute. The key to optimum breathing for our health, endurance and longevity benefits is to practice fewer inhales and exhales in smaller volumes. We need to practice slow breathing and aim for 5.5 breaths per minute.

Mouth breathing, it turns out, changes the physical body, and transforms airways, all for the worse. Inhaling air through the mouth decreases pressure and makes breathing more difficult. Inhaling from the nose has the opposite effect making the airways wider and making breathing easier.

One simple exercise to start with today. This one is for calming that places the heart, lungs, and circulation into a state of coherence and essential one to start your breathing journey.

• Sit up straight, relax the shoulders and belly and exhale
• Inhale softly through nose for 5.5 seconds expanding the belly as air fills the bottom of the lungs
• Without pausing exhale softly through mouth for 5.5 seconds bring the belly in as the lungs empty. Each breath should feel like circle, breathing in a continuous flow
• Repeat at least ten times

Aim to do this exercise every morning and evening

At The Bellevue Spa we understand the power of the breath. We ensure our clients are guided from the beginning of your treatment right until the end. This creates a deep sense of relaxation and leaves our clients feeling the benefits for longer. We also encourage our clients to use this in everyday life as your health and wellness is our top priority.

Stay tuned for more breathing exercises,
Jennifer McCarthy
Spa Manager

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