Remedial Massage Therapist and Lymphoedema Therapist Kuniko Tanaka guides us in a deep breathing exercise to help our body calm down and relax.

During these unprecedented times our stress levels might be through the roof.  Some may have to work from home.  For others their hours have been reduced or unfortunately have been stood down.  The kids might also be pulled out from school which means you have the added stress to home school them.

All these issues and many more can accumulate and build up stress and tension in the body.  Having constant high levels of stress becomes damaging and harmful for the body.  They affect hormones and balance to the body, psychological changes which leads to physical manifestations. 

How to Perform:

  1. Get into a relaxed position (lying down flat is the best)
  2. Place one hand on your chest and the other on your stomach
  3. Take a deep breath through your nose for about 3 seconds (the hand on your stomach should rise while the other stays still)
  4. Hold the breath for 2 seconds
  5. And breath out through your mouth for 5 seconds
  6. Repeat steps 3 to 6 a few more times

Benefits of Deep Breathing

  • Decrease in stress hormones
  • Decrease in heart rate
  • Decrease in blood pressure
  • Increase lymphatic flow (from proper use of the diaphragm muscle)

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