Breathing Exercises for Relaxation

Breathing is a big part of your relaxation. You may have encountered this if you have ever had a treatment at our chiropractic in Edmonds; when you tense up during a massage or a chiropractic adjustment, you might have been instructed to breathe in deeply and slowly exhale. This is because breathing deeply is one of the best ways to make your body relax.

Outside of the chiropractic office, you can practice simple deep-breathing exercises to help you relax and relieve unnecessary stress in your back. Here is an exercise you can try:

  • Get comfortable in a chair or lying on your bed.
  • Place one hand on your belly, directly below your ris.  Put your other hand on your chest.
  • Take a deep breath through your nose, and feel your belly rise and push your hand up.  Your chest should not rise.  It’s good to breathe in through your nose, as your nostrils serve to clean the air.
  • Breathe out slowly through your mouth, pursing your lips so that you can hear the air rush out.  Focus on the sound of this air.  Feel as your belly goes down, and use your hand to push the air out.
  • Repeat the process three to ten times.