Breathing Techniques

Tummy breathing
Lie on the floor and place a small stuffed animal on your stomach. Breathe in deeply through your nose and feel the stuffed animal rise, and then feel it lower as you slowly exhale through your mouth. Rock the animal to sleep using the rise and fall of your stomach.
Back to Back Breathing
Find a partner and sit on the floor back to back. Sit tall and close your eyes if you want too. Decide who will start – that person begins by inhaling deeply and exhaling slowly, and then continues to breathe slowly and deeply. Their partner should feel the expansion in their partners back each time they breathe in and then try to sync their own breathing so that each partner is breathing in time together.
Bumblebee breathing
Sitting comfortably, gently place the tips of your pointer fingers in your ears and close your eyes. Breathe in through your nose and gently hum quietly as you breathe out. 

Take 5 breathing
Sit comfortably, resting one hand in front of you with fingers outstretched like a star and the pointer finger of your other hand ready to trace your hand. Starting at the base of your thumb at the outside of your hand, breathe in slowly through your nose as you slide the pointer finger up the top of your thumb. Breathe out slowly as you bring your pointer finger down the inside of your thumb. Breathe in as you slide the finger up the next finger and out as you slide down. Continue breathing in and out as you trace your whole hand.
Shoulder roll breathing
Choose a comfortable sitting position. As you take a slow deep breathe in through your nose raise your shoulders up towards your ears. Breathe slowly out through your mouth, lowering your shoulders as you exhale. Repeat slowly, rolling your shoulders up and down in time with your breathe.
Bubble breathing
Sit comfortably with your eyes closed. Begin by imagining you are holding a bubble wand. Breathe in deeply and then, as you breathe out slowly and gently, imagine you are blowing bubbles into the room. Imagine that the bubbles are filled with peace or love or happiness and that you are filling the whole room with a peaceful, happy feeling. As you keep breathing slowly, and blowing your imaginary bubbles, feel your body become calm and relaxed.
Elephant breathing
Stand with your feet wide apart and your arms dangling in front of your body like an elephant’s trunk. As you breathe in deeply through nose raise your arms up high above your head. Then slowly bring your arms down again as you breathe out through your mouth.

Quantum breathing – what is it?

Quantum breathing was developed by Di Wilson who lives in Yorkshire. The principles of quantum breathing is that it focuses on breathing, meditation, chakra’s energy and hands on healing to facilitate change as well as help others. Chakra’s are within the body and refer to the specific energy centres that correspond to specific nerve bundles and internal organs. Quantum breathing origins are founded with “Chi” or “Prana” which means life force energy.

This form of treatment involves being seated or lying and the practitioner will lay hands on the area that needs healing after having a conversation about this.

Quantum light breathing

This is also known as square or box breathing. This method of breathing allows you to utilise the whole of the diaphragm when you breathe. A lot of individuals do not use the whole of the diaphragm when they breathe. When you are anxious individuals tend to breath shallowly which can contribute to feelings of light headedness or feeling faint. When you are anxious adrenaline is released and this activates the fight/ flight or freeze.

Quantum light breathing is where you

Breathe in for 4 seconds.

Hold for 4 seconds.

Breathe out for 4 seconds

Hold for 4 seconds.

You can use visual prompts of seeing a square or rectangle which may be in the form of a window or your mobile. It is an effective method of breathing and utilising the whole of the diaphragm when you breathe. This helps you to calm the nervous system and ultimately feel less stressed.


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