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Is Breathwork the key to health?

Breathwork, also known as pranayama in the yoga tradition, is a practice that involves controlling the breath in various ways to produce specific physical and mental effects. When it comes to the nervous system and brain function, breathwork can have a number of potential effects, including:

  1. Activating the parasympathetic nervous system: Breathwork practices that involve slow, deep breathing or controlled exhale can activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for the "rest and digest" response. This can help to promote relaxation and reduce stress.

  2. Increasing oxygenation: By taking slow, deep breaths, breathwork can help to increase oxygenation in the body and brain. This can improve cognitive function and mood.

  3. Altering brain waves: Some breathwork practices have been found to alter brain waves in ways that can promote relaxation and mindfulness. For example, the "4-7-8" breathing technique (in which you inhale for 4 seconds, hold your breath for 7 seconds, and exhale for 8 seconds) has been found to produce alpha brain waves, which are associated with relaxation.

  4. Reducing anxiety and stress: Breathwork practices that involve slow, controlled breathing can help to reduce anxiety and stress by calming the nervous system and promoting relaxation.

It's important to note that the effects of breathwork can vary depending on the specific practice being used and the individual practitioner. Some people may find certain breathwork practices more helpful than others, and it's always a good idea to consult with a qualified instructor or healthcare provider before starting any new practice. There are many different types of breathwork, it can get quite confusing which one to try and even where to start, whether it be Oxygen Advantage Method, Wim Hof, Pranayama, Tumo, Transendential, Transformational or any other new hip words a practitioner has come up with. We make it easy and simple, with a specific plan tailored to your needs. Our Practitioners are highly trained and reliable to help you get started on your health journey. If this is something you would be interested to find out more please get in contact with us today.

Regards, Dr. Jake Wright


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