Breathing therapy can help you to be more aware of your body, as well as your thoughts and feelings. Often we are not breathing to our full capacity and breathing is fast and shallow causing the body to activate the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) more often known at the Fight/flight state. This causes the heart rate to increase, blood pressure and respiratory rate to rise, adrenaline and cortisol are released and the body is in a state of stress.
As human beings, we retain tension, trauma, unhealthy habits and emotional baggage within our bodies and in doing so, we create physical, mental and emotional blockages that affects our mental health, immune system and lung capacity. Becoming aware of your breath and learning how to use it is a tool will fundamentally improve your mental and physical wellbeing.
Sandi offers a multitude of breathing techniques to help you access the full potential of your respiratory system for better physical, emotional and mental well-being. The sessions are created to suit your individual needs.
When we engage these deep diaphragmatic breathing practices the messages to the brain are changed n and the para-sympathetic branch of the nervous system is activated, the message to the brain is one of safety and calm and in response to that heart rate slows, blood pressure and respiratory rate decreases and blood is diverted to digestive and reproductive systems inducing the rest and digest state.
During the breathing therapy sessions you will be taught to use a full connected, diaphragmatic breath, which massages the various tissues and organs surrounding the diaphragm. Your breath is closely monitored and you learn to recognise where you are restricting your breathing.
Conscious breathing helps these blockages to be safely dispersed and integrated, encouraging a greater sense of well- being and a more balanced and harmonious state of mind. By practising conscious breathing frequently, the breath soon becomes less restricted, and alongside the physical benefits of freer energy flow (prana) throughout the body also helping to develop better mental and emotional health.
Conscious breathing can help with many conditions. It might be improving symptoms associated with long covid, chronic fatigue, asthma, or coping with panic or anxiety attacks. It might be letting go of unwanted emotions and releasing tensions that are deep within.
Sessions will also include practices of nyasa (hand placement), accupressure, movement, sound and affirmations.
Each breathing session is unique so it’s best to come with an open mind and not to have expectation.
Sessions can be held successfully online via zoom or in person
It is recommended a course of at least 3/6 sessions for full benefit
3 sessions £150
6 sessions £250
Single session £60
The breath is the bridge linking our mind and body. The practice of deep breathing helps to stimulate our parasympathetic nervous system, bringing us to a calm state.
Breathing deeply helps to release tension in the diaphragm and primary breathing muscles, relieving many long-term respiratory issues such as asthma and breathlessness. It opens up the chest, releasing tension within the intercostal muscles and around the scapula, erector spinae and trapezius muscles, allowing for a more relaxed posture.
Deep breathing activates the parasympathetic nervous system, bringing us into a relaxed state. It functions in the opposite way to the sympathetic nervous system, which stimulates activities associated with the fight or flight response.
When we are stressed or experience uncomfortable feelings such as anger or pain, our breath becomes shallow and our muscle tissues contract. Deep breathing helps to release this
The quality of our breath helps to relax the mind and enhance the ability to learn, focus, concentrate and memorise. The brain requires a great deal of oxygen to function and increased intake of oxygen helps us to achieve clarity, feel grounded and productive. It also relieves stress, anxiety, depression and negative thought patterns. Breathing properly can help us overcome addictive patterns of behaviour and eating disorders as well as igniting creativity and passion.
Deep diaphragmatic breathing tones, massages and increases circulation to the heart, liver, brain and reproductive organs. Many heart attack patients are chest breathers whose breathing involved no diaphragm or belly expansion. In a recent study it was found that patients who survived a heart attack and who adopted an exercise regime and breath training afterwards experienced a 50% reduction in their risk factor of another heart attack over the following five years.
Our breath can be used to create space for clarity and a relaxed mind.
By helping to reduce stress and anxiety we are able to sleep better, feel better about ourselves and let go of suppressed emotions, unhealthy patterns of behaviour and past hurts. Going deep with the breath can help us clear past trauma and emotional baggage.
Around 70% of our toxins are released from our body through our breath. Carbon dioxide is a natural waste product of your body’s metabolism. Breathing deeply helps the systems in the body to process this more efficiently.
The lymphatic system depends on gravity, muscle movement and breathing to keep flowing so that the body can be cleansed. Deep breathing can play an important role in protecting the body from bacteria, viruses and other threats to our health.
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