As clichéd, as repetitive , as boring as it may sound- Our breathing patterns, to a great extent, hold the secrets to our mood regulations, mental balance and control in arts like singing, dancing,etc.
Something as involuntary, inalienable and vital as breathing often goes unnoticed because no one really cares to stand outside and observe himself/herself doing that thing that comes so naturally to us.
But the key here is that although everyone does it (breathing), there are different ways of doing it.Some are efficient. Some are not. There are several schools of breath therapy that recommend different types of changes in our breathing practices and different types of exercises to perfect these changes:
1. Somatic Breath Therapy:
Somatic breath therapy works on the core philosophy that ‘everything breathes’ and all matter is in a perpetual state of particle exchange. In human beings, this mechanism of breathing is what triggers consciousness and sets in the motion of life. Your current rate and rhythm of breathing reflects your general health. Breathing can be both voluntary and involuntary and SBT trains one to choose to breathe with no pauses which leads to a higher consciousness whereby the person’s conscious actively associates with the subconscious.
This can be extremely helpful for the professionals’ because a lot of problems like stress or tiredness emerge when the suggestions of the subconscious are repressed and not heeded to. If the professional learns to actively engage with the subconscious he/she can be more mindful of the true needs of his/her body and mind.
It is the very own Indian method which is one of the limbs of the Yogic Process. When translated, it literally means ‘extension of life-force’. Obviously having transcendental and spiritual overtones to it,it means the trance that is induced when the in-going breath and the out-going breath are made to meet and merge. More commonly it is a breathing technique one can learn from a yoga instructor.
Despite the fact these spiritual dimensions may not be universally relatable, the benefits of this breathing technique have too many positive attestations and practical benefits to ignore. From inducing mental peace to improving concentration and skin-health, it is said to work very well on.Stressful individuals and many corporate employees have reported better work performance owing to the practice of Pranayama. Thus, why not give it a try at least once?
3. Professional Breath Therapies:
There are a lot of organizations that work towards a more scientific approach to breath therapy stripping it off its mystical and other-worldly connotations. This involves personalized one-to-one sessions with the professional gauging his/her specific needs and then therapies are tailored as per the unique requirements of the client in question. Sometimes group sessions may be conducted as well.
These methods are usually aimed at and effective in the case of rehabilitating chain smokers and tobacco users.
We hope, you now have a brief idea after reading a quick preview of the breath therapy about the crucial role it plays in our lives and how it can easily work wonders for us with just a few dedicated minutes every day or as a minimum, once a week.