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conscious breathing

Every Breath You Take

deep breathing

Feel like you haven’t taken a deep breath in eons? You probably haven’t, says Belisa Vranich, clinical psychologist, who teaches people to breathe for stress relief, and is the author of Breathe: 14 Days to Oxygenating, Recharging, and Fueling Your Body and Brain.

We tend to breathe from our chest, which gives us access to only the very top of our lungs, Vranich says. We should b…

Breathwork and Massage for Anxiety

Regular bodywork, meditation, and physical exercise are powerful anti-anxiety tools that help reduce over-stimulation of the nervous system. And the most powerful tool for reducing anxiety and increasing energy is breathwork. Research shows that deep breathing can down-regulate the frenetic nervous activity triggered by the fight-or-flight mechanism. It also appears to increase calm…

Connectedness Through Therapeutic Attention

Things don’t exist in isolation, especially living beings. Being aware of our own anatomy comes alive as relationships of the parts of the body to each other are revealed. Weaving these parts into an appreciation of the whole happens when attention and touch animate the body. Our relationship to breath is also paramount in our embodiment of living. Something seemingly as simple as t…

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