What do we do all day and night that is vital to our survival?
What can we improve to enhance our general feeling of well-being?
What can we use to help boost our parasympathetic nervous system (the system that controls functions such as our digestion, healing and repair)?
The answer to all these questions is BREATHING.
Breathing is something we do automatically, without even giving it a second thought.
But to optimise our health and wellbeing, there are definitely patterns of breathing that can help to make us feel more energised.
Unfortunately there are also patterns that can make us feel downright awful!
Symptoms of poor breathing patterns can include:
- Panic attacks
- Difficulty concentrating
- Having trouble switching off
- Tingling hands and feet
- Feeling short of breath
- Dry mouth upon waking
So what can you do to help?
- Breathing through the nose is the first place to start, as it is the body’s natural humidifier and makes the air we breathe kinder to the lungs.
- Holding tension in your neck and shoulder muscles often encourages us to mouth-breathe
- Re-set before bedtime
- Before going to sleep, try spending 5 minutes focusing on relaxing, and gentle slow breathing through the nose.
- Try to send the breath into your belly area, and keep the chest still as you inhale.
You may be aware that something isn’t quite right with your breathing, but feel unsure as to how to improve it.
When you come to see Allison for breathing physiotherapy, she will carry out a comprehensive one hour, one-on-one assessment to help to identify those areas that need some improving. She will work with you to will help to develop a plan to improve your breathing and wellness.
If you would like to improve your breathing today, please call 03 443 1711 or book online.