A former biofeedback client alerted me to this article in the January 27th Wall Street Journal, Breathe Better: Doctors Try Using the Most Basic Medicine. The article discusses the health benefits of “slow, deep and consistent breathing.” After checking out the article, I invite you to click on the second link to watch a youtube video showing 7 minutes of a training session in the Biofeedback Wellness Studio as a client practices “the most basic medicine.”
Here’s the Wall Street Journal link: http://www.wsj.com/articles/breathing-for-your-better-health-1422311283
And now, thanks for taking time to watch the youtube video and witness the effects of slow diaphragmatic breathing on the heart: http://youtu.be/EapnBw0iJ_A
Here are a few thoughts I had after reading the article:
1. While this is a great article, I disagree that the breathing needs to be “deep.” Taking a deep breath can certainly be a great way to start the process, but beyond that, “easy and effortless” slow breathing seems to create a better relaxation response.
2. I also dislike the phrase “forcing your abdomen to expand.” There is no need to force. Again, it will become easy and effortless with a little practice.
3. I haven’t used the Spire device mentioned in the article, so I cannot offer a critique; however, in checking out their website, it appears the device does not also monitor heart rate, as is done with biofeedback.
There is so much to be learned about the mind-body connection. I love sharing tidbits that have worked for me or for my clients. Hopefully you will find something in these posts that will meet your needs. Perhaps an idea, or technique that may be helpful in moving you towards a more balanced state of being.