knowing these simple breathing techniques can improve chronic pain & your mental wellbeing
To breathe is to be alive. It is one of the most critical functions of our body, yet we hardly pay attention to it. Why are so many of us not breathing the way we should?
It’s no surprise that while trying to survive today’s increasingly stressful and demanding society, we often find ourselves “too busy” to breathe. We end up talking too fast, eating without stopping, and even holding our breath in stressful situations. It’s a lifestyle that manifests a wide range of health problems such as obesity, anxiety, depression, hypertension, chronic pain, a weakened immune system, and so much more.
Studies show that many of us usually take shallow breaths throughout the day, which get trapped within our chests. On average, people breathe 10+ breaths per minute, and unhealthy or highly stressful people breathe even more rapidly. This accumulation can lead to aches and pains that can also become chronic. Instead, the direction of our breath deeper into our diaphragms is shown to have increased benefits for our wellbeing.
Can we really change the way we breathe to heal pain?
The science behind breathwork
Let’s unpack the many forms of breathwork therapy that exist today. It’s known that each has its own unique method of using breath for healing purposes. Therapeutic Breathwork is a type of therapy that harnesses different breathing exercises to improve mental, physical, and spiritual health. Drawn from Eastern practices like yoga and Tai Chi, it incorporates Western psychotherapy to bring about self-awareness and an increased mind-body connection.
Below we would like to share with you just a few examples of breathing techniques that can influence your body and mind states:
Diaphragmatic Breathing (also known as the abdominal, belly, or deep Breathing) manipulates the breath movement to cause a positive physiological response within our bodies. It decreases oxygen consumption, enhances cardiovascular function, slows the heart rate down, and lowers blood pressure. It reduces the symptoms of the ‘fight or flight’ response, which helps to further calm our stress.
Alternate Nostril Breathing is a yogic breath control practice that rotates inhalation and exhalation through different nostrils. It is thought to harmonize the two spheres of the brain, leading to a balance in physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.
SOMA Breath combines ancient breathing techniques with modern science to boost your immune system and elevate your emotional state. It corrects your breathing so that your standard rate of breathing at rest is 5-6 breaths per minute. This transformative breathwork technique supercharges you into a state of passion, flow, and determination by raising your emotional energy.
Why is breakwork important?
If you think about it, life is just a series of inhales and exhales; when you calm your breath, you calm your life. Your quality of thought is also linked to breath: erratic breathing leads to inconsistent thinking, while smooth, consistent breathing leads to continuous, coherent thought.
Therefore, finding ways to calm your nervous system has proven effects on your long-term health, both physically and mentally.
We already know that the body and mind are intricately and irrevocably interconnected, which is why we try to meditate and deep breathe regularly.
What if there was a way to energize your meditation practice and breathing for even better health?
What conditions does breathwork treat?
The goal of any breathwork therapy is to help people achieve a greater sense of self-awareness and capacity for self-healing. According to goodtherapy.org, breathwork therapy is thought to benefit people experiencing issues with:
- Chronic pain
- Anger issues
- Trauma and post-traumatic stress
- Grief and loss
- Emotional effects of physical illness
The SOMA Therapeutic Breathing Techniques with Niraj Naik
Niraj Naik broke free from the burden of his ulcerative colitis illness without medication after embarking on a profound and natural healing journey. He studied others who had great success in curing themselves of chronic disease, and today shares the same healing powers of ancient breathing techniques combined with modern science in SOMA Breath.
SOMA Breath teaches ancient breathing techniques that create a powerful cleansing effect to strengthen your immune system and overall health. During these sessions, powerful emotional releases can occur, increasing your vibrational energy and ability to feel entirely present. At a higher vibrational state, negative emotions and trauma can be cleansed from the mind and body, and your ability to be in a state of flow becomes effortless.
What could life be like for you if simple breathwork could be this powerful in healing your physical and mental wellbeing?