For thousands of years, yogis, mystics and spiritual seekers have search and realized the natural subtle quality of the breath. When you stop breathing, we are dead. Therefore, these seekers conclude that life force is contained in the breath that we breathe. Yogis have used the powers of breath to transform consciousness, altered states of awareness and sound healing. Today we are privileged to have competent teachers to teach us on the proper use of breath for these purposes, especially on health and as an alternative medicine.
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: BREATH THERAPY
Breath therapy is also known as breath work. It incorporates a variety of techniques to help us breathe in a liberal, more natural, and healthier way. Breath therapy not only supports our overall health and well-being, it can also be used to help specific physical and emotional problems. Itâ€™s based on the principle that most adults tend to breathe in unnatural, constricted ways and that such breathing has a negative influence on almost every aspect of lives. Learning proper, unrestricted breathing is a natural way to achieve better health.
How does Breath Therapy work?
Proper breathing supports our over-all health in many ways. It efficiently oxygenates tissues and energizes the body, calms and balances the nervous system, massage and helps cleanse our internal organs, improves lymphatic circulation and helps remove waste from the bodyâ€™s cells, and helps release our negative emotions and experiences.
Breath therapy works by helping our breathing find its natural harmony and coordination in relation to the changing demands of our lives.
Even though there are many approaches to breath therapy, one of the most fundamental is breath awareness. Through these breathe awareness techniques; one can learn to observe the imbalances and restrictions in your breathing. Without the knowledge of this awareness, many breathing therapy techniques fail far short of the potential and may even make problems worse.Â
Another valuable approach is focused breathing in which you consciously direct each breath into a particular part of the body for healing purposes. Still another is called control breathing called pranayama in yoga. Here, variety of breathing techniques, including fast breaths and breath holding are used not only to assist physical, mental and emotional breathing but also aid in spiritual development.
In addition, there are varieties of breathing therapy approaches that are used in combination with other healing modalities. In movement supported breathing, you move in ways that can stimulate new, healthier patterns of breathing, and in touch-supported breathing, you use pressure or touch to help focus your breaths. In posture-supported breathing, you use certain posture to expand your breaths and support fuller breathing. In sound-supported breathing, you utter sounds that help lengthen your exhalations, strengthen your diaphragm and release unnecessary tension.
The best way to learn is to find a competent breath therapist, teacher or coach. There are also many good alternative practitioners who use breath therapy as part of their treatment programs.
What can Breath Therapy do for you?
Breath therapy is great for stress reduction, pain relief and relaxation. It can help us maintain our health and live longer, healthier, move vital lives. It is very useful with people with respiratory problems such as asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Breath therapy is also thought to help heal and prevent a variety of stress-related conditions, such as headaches, insomnia, digestive problems, back pain, high blood pressure, immune system disorders, heart disease, anxiety, depression and over-fatigue.
Is Breath Therapy safe?
Although most simple types of breath therapy can safely be done at home without professional supervision, it is sensible to get help of a qualified practitioner for more advanced breath work. Breath control exercises involving holding and fast breathing, for example, can weaken and disharmonized your breathing unless theyâ€™re done properly under a professionalâ€™s supervision.
It is important to remember that if any breathing exercise makes you feel more tense or uncomfortable instead of more relaxed, you should stop doing it. It probably wonâ€™t do any good, and it may cause harm. Also, if youâ€™ve had recent surgery, be sure to wait until you have healed before beginning breath work that might affect the area of your surgery.
Note: This series is only intended as a reference only, not as a medical journal series. The information given is projected to help you make informed decisions about your health. This is not intended as a substitute for any treatment that may have been prescribed by your doctor. If you suspect that you have a medical difficulties, I advice you to seek professional medical help.
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