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					       Breathing Exercises

“More than just breathing in and out!”
                  Breathing Cycle

   Two phases
       Inhalation
            The invigoration or tension producing phase

       Exhalation
            The relaxation phase
      Sensations associated with the
             inhalation phase
   Invigoration
   Increased tension
   Hardness tightening
   Expansion (chest region)
   Upward movement ascending
   Alertness
   Refreshment
   Preparation for action
      Sensations associated with the
            exhalation phase
   Patience
   Comfort
   Contentment
        Feelings associated with the
              exhalation phase
   Heaviness
   Sinking down
   Slowing down
   Letting go (of tension)
   Warmth
                4 Basic Criteria of Breathing
                         Exercises
1.   Breathe normally. Let your body breathe by itself and
     quietly observe yourself breathe just as if you were a
     bystander.
2.   Disregard the inhalations. Do not think about the
     inhalations at all. Permit your body to inhale by itself
     without any conscious thought on your part.
3.   Focus your attention on the exhalation phase of the
     breathing cycle. Concentrate and think about the
     exhalations.
4.   Feel and experience key sensations as you exhale.
    The key to the breathing rhythms is to feel the
     sensations as you exhale and only as you exhale.
             Types of Breathing Exercises

   Breathing for Awareness
         Diaphragmatic or abdominal breathing
         Deep breathing
         Complete natural breathing
   Breathing for Release of Tension
         Breath counting
         The relaxing sigh
         Letting go of tension
   Breathing for Symptom Control or Release
         Abdominal breathing and imagination
         Alternative breathing
         Controlled breathing (tapes to pace you)

				
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