Since breathing is an automatic process, most people don’t pay much attention to their breath unless they exert themselves. At Elements Massage Arvada, we want to talk about how deep breathing can be a great way to reduce stress and anxiety and help unlock a sense of relaxation in the face of day-to-day stress. With the contemporary hustle and bustle of regular life, this valuable skill is a tool that can contribute to overall health and wellness with an intentional focus and practice over time.
To learn how to breathe deep, first you must pay attention to your regular resting patterns of breath. How deep to you inhale and exhale? How shallow is your regular breath? What is your natural pace? The first step in learning how to maximize breathwork is learning how your particular body works. Oftentimes, the muscles around the rib cage and stomach area have constricted resulting in a difficulty in drawing a deep, relaxing breath. This can be undone but may require effort and attention.
Massage is also a key component in unfreezing key respiratory muscles in the front and back of the upper body. Regular massage sessions can address these shortened muscles and re-establish an improved breath capacity and function through the application of pressure and movement to lengthen and relax tightened muscles.
In fact, Swedish massage is a key massage modality that incorporates rhythmic and percussive strokes along the back to boost airway clearance and promote better lung function. Additional benefits include an increase in energy levels, a more stable mood, and the ability to relax and recenter when faced with high stress obstacles.
Talk to our talented team of massage therapists about how we can help you achieve a better ability to breath deeply, relax, and enjoy a positive mind and body connection.