This exercise was designed to alleviate pain throughout your body. Increase oxygenation and circulation with this exercise. Great for headaches, hangovers, muscle aches, and more.
Breathe slowly into your lower abdomen on the inhale. Your stomach should expand on the inhale and contract on the exhale. Try keeping your chest and shoulders as still as possible while you breathe.
*For your safety, we recommend practicing breathwork while sitting or lying down. If you feel lightheaded, please stop immediately. Do not practice while driving or in water.*
Intentional deep breathing calms and regulates the autonomic nervous system (ANS). Slow breath holds allow CO2 to build up in the blood. Increased CO2 in the blood enhances the cardio-inhibitory response of the vagus nerve when you exhale and stimulates your parasympathetic system. This helps relax the mind and relieve pain in the body. Increased levels of CO2 also help facilitate the release of oxygen in your cells for recovery.
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