Just breathe…

Rebecca Dennis talks about the benefits of Transformational Breath in the workplace.

Transformational Breath sessions for corporate retreats at Wasing Park retreat and corporate events venue

What is Transformational Breath? 

Transformational Breath is the most cutting edge breathing technique on the planet! It helps us to clear restricted breathing patterns and let go of any emotional blockages, past traumas we are holding onto in our body.

What are the key benefits of Transformational Breath? 

The list is endless. It helps us on a mental, physical and emotional level.  The way we breathe is indicative to how we feel about life. Breath is our anchor and our breath patterns correlate with every experience, thought and feeling. It helps to reset all the systems of the body and feel calm and relaxed, yet energised, focused.

How does it help people in the workplace?

The techniques we teach are easy to use and help people to deal with everyday challenges and stress in a healthy way.

To effectively combat stress, we need to activate the body’s natural relaxation response. The “Relaxation Response” was discovered and coined by Dr Herbert Benson. This is a physical state of deep rest that changes the physical and emotional responses to stress.

When eliciting the relaxation response:

  •  Your heart beats slower and your muscles relax
  •  Your breathing becomes slower
  •  Your blood pressure decreases
  •  Your parasympathetic nervous system is activated which induces feelings of calm
  •  Your levels of nitric oxide are increased.

NB: Nitric oxide is a molecule that our body produces to help its 50 trillion cells communicate with each other by transmitting signals throughout the entire body. Nitric oxide has been shown to be important in helping memory by transmitting information between nerve cells and the brain. It assists the immune system at fighting off bacteria, regulates blood pressure by dilating arteries, improve sleep quality, increase endurance and strength.

The best way to relieve stress is deep breathing – Focused Breathing.

The relaxation response is a mentally active process that leaves the body relaxed, rejuvenated and focused.

The American Institute of Stress says: “Abdominal breathing for 20 to 30 minutes each day will reduce anxiety and reduce stress. Deep breathing increases the supply of oxygen to your brain and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes a state of calmness. Breathing techniques help you feel connected to your body—it brings your awareness away from the worries in your head and quiets your mind.” 

How has Transformational Breath benefitted you?

I use this technique every day. It helps me to stay balanced, centred and calm. I also find it expands my creativity and I can make decisions more clearly. By giving my mind a rest and focusing on the breath it declutters any negative thoughts so I feel more positive and focused.

What can people expect from a retreat at Wasing?

Inspiration Space Retreats are a great way to kick-start an energising routine for the body and learn new reflective ways to master the mind. The retreats will inspire clients to enliven the body and introduce them to the benefits of turning their awareness inwards, helping the mind to feel calm.

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Inspiration Space combines the powerful healing technique, Transformational Breathing, deeply nourishing Yoga and Meditation. Recently voted ‘One of the most relaxing retreats in the World’ by Tatler Magazine, there is also body work with top massage therapists.

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Can you suggest any beneficial breathing exercises people can do at home?

Conscious Connected Breath Exercise

Here’s a simple exercise you can practice on your own.  Prop yourself up on the bed at a semi-reclined angle with cushions or pillows behind you so your chest is higher than your legs. Make sure you are warm and comfortable, and that your head and neck are supported. Place your hands on your lower abdomen – a few inches below the navel. Relax the jaw and open the mouth wide and take a deep inhalation, belly should rise like a balloon, and exhale with a quick sigh. Stay present with the inhale and the exhale. Inhalation should be about twice as long as the exhalation. Exhalation should be quiet and relaxed like a soft sigh. Keep the breath connected so no pauses between breaths and coming in and out like a wave motion. Repeat up to 1-2 minutes and notice any physical sensations in the body. Rest for one minute as you return to a normal breathing pattern – breathing through the nose.

just breathe - Rebecca Dennis and Transformational Breathing at Wasing

Rebecca Dennis is a qualified Transformational Breathing facilitator and runs retreats, workshops and one on one’s. www.breathingtree.co.uk

For further information about corporate activities and retreats at Wasing Park contact the events team on venue@wasing.co.uk or call 0118 971 3634

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