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The way you breathe affects your whole body. Full, deep breathing is
a good way to reduce tension, feel relaxed, and reduce
The object of roll breathing is to develop full use of your lungs and
get in touch with the rhythm of your breathing. It can be practiced in any
position, but it is best to learn it lying on your back, with your knees
Practice roll breathing daily for several weeks until you can do it
almost anywhere, providing you with an instant relaxation tool any time you
Caution: Some people get dizzy the first few
times they try roll breathing. If you begin to
hyperventilate or become lightheaded, slow your
breathing. Get up slowly.
Try morning breathing when you first get up in the morning to relieve
muscle stiffness and clear clogged breathing passages. Then use it throughout
the day to relieve back tension.
Clearing your head is good for relieving neck tension or for when you
have too much on your mind.
Current as of:
May 3, 2013
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Steven Locke, MD - Psychiatry
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