Zen GardenStress affects everyone, young and old and is a completely normal reaction that all human beings will experience from time to time when faced with situations that they feel under pressure in. It is when stress becomes overwhelming that is has an adverse effect on a person's health. This website will show a series of simple breathing techiques to help you deal with stress.

As students of complementary therapies you will be aware of the importance of relaxation in maintaining a healthy body. One of the important benefits of the therapies you are studying is stress reduction. However, as students you are under a good deal of pressure meeting the demands of your course.

As future therapists you will need to know how to relax and balance yourselves before interacting with clients. Otherwise you will unconsciously pass on your stress to your clients. Another reason for learning the techniques on this website is to be able to pass on simple stress reduction techniques to your clients which they can use themselves in between treatments.

Below is a short description of each breathing technique with direct links. The techniques can also be accessed through the navigation bar. The website contains a quiz so you can test the knowledge you have gained. There is also a survey so that you can give feedback on using the breathing techniques. This will give very valuable information on which techniques to include in the future.

Breathing Technique 1

4-7-8 Breathing

In this exercise you inhale quietly through your nose and exhale audibly through your mouth. Exhalation takes twice as long as inhalation. The absolute time you spend on each phase is not important; the ratio of 4:7:8 is important.

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Breathing Technique 2

Alternate Nostril Breathing

With this exercise, we breathe through only one nostril at a time. This restores balance and produces optimum function to both sides of the brain: that is optimum creativity and optimum logical verbal activity.

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Breathing Technique 3

Abdominal Breathing

Abdominal breath refers to breathing deeply into the bottom of the lungs and using the Diaphragm muscle to breathe. Healthy people naturally breathe this way.

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Breathing Technique 4

Three Phase Breathing

This exercise ventilates all of the lobes in your lungs allowing for an adequate exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide. This in turn helps dispel anxiety and induces a sense of mental calmness.

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