Why do we need to learn how to breathe?
It is not the lungs that need training to breathe.
They always receive all the air that the muscles will give them room for.
Through my research and experience in working with both children and adults, I have become aware of the many benefits of taking slow, deep abdominal breaths. It has also come to my attention that a number of people often experience restriction and tension in the muscles of the thoracic area, which promotes ‘chest breathing’ and restricts the lungs from expanding to their full capacity.
The breathing technique the Take a Breather® initiative is based on is called ‘Solar Plexus Breathing’. This breathing technique enables people to release any restriction or tension they may have in the thoracic area which is not allowing them to breathe deeply.
There are over 2,000 organs and hormones that can be affected positively or negatively in a matter of minutes by shifting your breathing pattern.
Taking quick, shallow breaths usually signals to the brain that a threat exists,
which stimulates a stress response, and therefore establishes destructive thinking patterns.
Conversely, taking slow, deep breaths usually signals to your brain that the coast is clear and all is well.
(Retraining the Brain, Dr. Frank Lawlis, 2008)
Of all the physiological responses triggered by the stress response, breathing is the one which we can consciously control.
This information is not commonly known;- most people are unaware that they may be breathing in a way that is making them feel stressed and anxious, having a negative impact on their learning ability, influencing the way they think, feel and behave, or compromising their general health and well-being… and that this is something that can very quickly and easily be rectified.
Take A Breather...
whenever you choose to use it!