Slow down your breathing and you slow down your heart rate. Breathing in a slow, carefully regulated way for 10 to 15 minutes a day encourages physiological changes that will significantly lower elevated blood pressure.
Have you noticed how your breathing changes depending on what situation you're in? Athletes pump up the volume and tempo ahead of competing, but for most of us, experiencing everyday stress and anxiety, creates panic and you breath faster and more shallow - you might even hold your breath as tension builds!
When you're relaxed, how does your body feel? Go on try it; inhale a big deep breath.... doesn't it feel good? Imagine the perfect metre of the sound of surf shifting on shingle. Breathing in time with specially selected sound tracks with measured musical pauses induces a relaxed, easy feeling and once accomplished, the technique will lower blood pressure quickly. It sends a message to your brain that says, "It's time to calm down" and as you unwind, the rest of your body falls in line.
Relax - It isn't hard to learn deep breathing exercises and once achieved, will be one of the best weapons in your armoury to battle tension That's the conclusion of a study presented to the American Society of Hypertension's Annual Scientific Meeting in 2008. Pietro Modesti MD, PhD, a specialist from the University of Florence, stated that, "Listening to music is soothing and has been associated with controlling anxiety and ACUTELY reducing blood pressure. The results clearly illustrate the impact of listening to music daily has on ambulatory blood pressure".
Listening to music is, in itself, relaxing and enjoyable, but focusing on a dedicated piece, works like a mantra and by exploring the positive effects of deep breathing to music, is easy, safe, effective and a complementary option to drug dependency.
- Relaxation alone is not a solution...
Nobody is saying that relaxation is not important.
After all, it's an important part of the system and guarantees good results: the more relaxed you are, the greater the benefits.
Slow breathing relaxes major muscles and tissues deep in the diaphragm in a way that no amount of simple relaxation can do...
In this way, gentle, slow breathing acts like a natural safety valve to relax muscle tension, especially in the chest area, allowing constricted blood vessels to open and relieve pressure on the heart.
Tense muscles constrict blood vessels, raising blood pressure. (FIG 1)
Relaxing muscles in the diaphragm allows blood vessels to open.(FIG 2)
Relaxation, after all, does play a major role in slow breathing and this is where BreatheEasy with its ultra-relaxing music has the major advantage...