Proper breathing and the ability to
relax are essential aspects of dealing with stress. Their importance
is recognised by many complementary health practitioners and their
practice is at the core of many Eastern approaches to healthcare.
Breathing Exercises and Relaxation Techniques, such
as Progressive Muscular Relaxation, work by initiating the
Relaxation Response - a physiological mechanism which counteracts
the effects of stress and puts the body and mind into a profound
state of relaxation.
There are other benefits to practising
controlled Breathing Exercises and Relaxation Techniques:
lowered blood pressure and levels of stress hormones, improved lung
function and digestion, decreased blood sugar and cholesterol, improved
immune system function, central physiological stability, greater
mental clarity, calmness, and a sense of self-awareness.
Conventional medicine is increasingly
valuing the health benefits of Breathing and Relaxation Techniques
and they are often taught in hospital and health centres.