Now to learn how to achieve this balance, place your left hand on your chest and your right hand on your stomach and inhale. This time as you inhale, push the stomach out and fill the chest completely with the new air. On the exhale the stomach will naturally collapse and the chest will expand. Imagine filling a balloon - your lungs - they fill with air from the bottom up. Observe how much more comfortable you feel. There is no muscle tension in your shoulders or back. This is diaphragmatic breathing. Feel how simple it is!
To check yourself and make sure that you have caught on to this relaxing breath control technique here is a simple test. Place both hands at your waist with the fingertips touching. When you take a diaphragmatic breath - which means that you let your chest stay where it is, but you push your stomach out on the inhale - your fingertips will naturally separate as the air rushes into the belly and then fills the chest. As you exhale, the tips of your fingers will come together again and touch. Repeat this several times. Train the body how to do this and let go of the old hypnotic program of, "Chest out and stomach in." Benefits This breathing is also called "belly breathing." You feel better because it increases the amount of oxygen in your blood stream. When you breath deeply you are exhaling old stale air and giving your lungs the luxury of being cleaned out!
Through this type of breathing you will bring much more oxygen into the
lungs where the oxygen is transferred to the capillaries of the blood
stream. The blood in turn carries the oxygen throughout the entire body.
Results are renewed vigour, more pep and energy! Instead of yawning take a deep breath. Side effect When you are learning diaphragmatic breathing and beginning to practice the technique you may get light headed. If this happens, it simply means you are changing the mixture of oxygen and carbon dioxide in your lungs. You are increasing the oxygen and lowering the carbon dioxide. The dizziness will end and you will feel refreshed. A great side effect for so little effort!
As you can see, diaphragmatic breathing is easy to learn and to master. Get into the habit of taking these deep breaths at a special time each day. Some people take six or eight deep breaths upon arising in the morning, as part of their morning ritual. They then repeat them after lunch and once more after dinner. They find that this simple technique reduces their tension and makes their day more enjoyable.
Every time you reach for a doorknob, take a big deep diaphragmatic breath.
Before you pick up the telephone receiver to make or answer a call, take
a deep breath and add a smile. When you stop in traffic, for any reason,
breath deeply several times to reduce your stress and remain balanced.
Practice breathing this way as you speak. You will develop a better voice and reduce tension throughout your body at the same time.
Keeping the body, mind and spirit in balance and filled with usable energy is only a deep breath away. You can manage the stress of everyday life.
One way is to make the commitment to practice this technique for a month. Chart your results. I guarantee you will see an improved quality of life, more energy and your intuition will be guiding you on a regular basis.
Form this new habit, it only takes thirty days, and it will last a lifetime!
Anne H. Spencer, Ph.D. Infinity
Institute International, Inc.
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Anne Spencer is the founder of Infinity Institute, a state licensed school that teaches Hypnosis as an occupation. Her books and cassette tapes are sold world-wide. In 1992 she became the executive director of the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association. Her vision is a door marked, "HYPNOTHERAPIST", in every health care facility world-wide and staffed by IMDHA members. For a FREE copy of Subconsciously Speaking, the newsletter of IMDHA, write to the above address.