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Breathe Stress Away
Breathe Stress Away
Let me introduce you to the new Fusion online programme ‘Breathe Stress Away’
Our breath is powerful. Neuroscience and Polyvagal Theory now confirms what yogis have known for centuries: it is the gateway between mind and body. When we learn to master the breath we finally climb into the driver’s seat of our life. So, if there was just one thing you could do for yourself or your clients, , I would recommend you to learn about breathing consciously… and correctly… because the consequences of getting something as simple as breathing wrong are pretty dire.
Breathing for health
A lot of people actually confuse deep breathing and slow breathing and end up taking large and loud gasps in an effort to get as much air into their lungs as possible. To do this they often also breathe in and out of their mouth, both of which are not good for us at all.
In fact, mouth breathing has been linked with several health problems.
Breathing through your nose helps filter out dust and allergens, boosts nitric oxide and oxygen uptake, and naturally humidifies the air you breathe in. Mouth breathing, on the other hand, dries out the mouth which may increase the risk of bad breath and gum inflammation and can also worsen symptoms of so many illnesses.
You may be surprised to learn that, in children, chronic mouth breathing can cause crooked teeth, facial deformities and poor growth. It is also linked with asthma and is something that should be resolved as early as possible. However, it is often not identified by professionals as a health issue at all.
Dan came to see me complaining of low mood, low energy and lack of focus at work. He also had a range of aches and pains that had grown worse over the last few years, he said, particularly in his shoulders where he had now been diagnosed with arthritis. I always ask clients about the quality of their sleep. Dan’s was poor and restless.
His doctor had advised him to sleep on his back as it was the most comfortable position for his shoulders. One of the upshots of this was that he now snored, he said, and very loudly! I wondered if he had actually developed a form of sleep apnoea.
Sleep apnoea is when your breathing stops and starts while you sleep. The most common type is called obstructive sleep apnoea. The main symptoms include making gasping or choking noises while you sleep, loud snoring and feeling very tired during the day and is caused by your airways becoming relaxed and narrow while you sleep. It's often linked to things like obesity and getting older. Sleeping on your back is the position in which it is most likely to happen.
Please close your mouth
I worked with Dan to improve his breathing, recommending ten minutes of diaphragmatic breathing practise twice a day when he would sit quietly, relax and focus on his breath, simply allowing the out breath to be longer than the in breath while counting silently to himself. But the biggest breakthrough came when I suggested he use a small strip of surgical tape to make sure his mouth stayed closed at night.
At first he was wary but I reassured him it is a method that has been used safely for many years. Once he had googled it and got some reassuring background information he was happy to give it a go. A couple of weeks later, Dan was back and reporting real improvements in his quality of sleep at night and also his mood and concentration in the day. The snoring had stopped completely, his wife had happily reported!
He was surprised too, that he was no longer waking up to drink water several times a night or go to the loo. The dry mouth and grogginess in the morning was gone and even his aches and pains were bothering him less.
Dan was amazed. ‘I didn’t realise how important breathing is and how getting it wrong would have such a damaging effect on my whole life. I feel like I’ve gained some kind of super power. It’s quite literally transformed my life!’
The super-power of the breath
Breathing in and breathing out; it’s something we do over 20,000 times a day, most of the time, without even thinking about it. However, the impact of getting such a simple thing wrong can lead to many potentially devastating physical and psychological problems, such as:
• Compromised immunity
• Brain fog
• Pain and tension
• Low energy
• Blood pressure
• Digestive problems
• Sleep issues
• Panic attacks
• Generalised anxiety and overwhelm
• Anger management issues
• Low or unstable mood
• Being forgetful
• Trouble concentrating
• Addictive behaviours
Change your breath, change your life
In Breathe Stress Away I demonstrate a powerful breathing technique that will improve all of these health issues. It’s the best stress buster I know and, practised daily for even just a few minutes, could change your health for the better forever. And the good news is, once you’ve purchased the programme, it’s yours forever and you can re-watch it whenever you want, with downloadable videos, work sheets and a guided breathing audio that you can listen to whenever and where ever you want.
The programme includes:
A I hour Power Point presentation
A downloadable 8000 word book
The Stress Quiz: Just how stressed are you?
Practical exercises and work sheets
Links to cutting edge research on breathing for health
Time limited price: £14.97
You can instantly access the programme below