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Slow Diaphragmatic Breathing Heals Your Mind and Body

Regardless of why someone is working with me, I teach all my clients how to breathe properly. Slow diaphragmatic breathing is the first step to healing, health, and wellness. It balances your autonomic nervous system, it moves lymphatic fluids, and it even changes your brain. I will very quickly review some basic information and highlight why it's important.

The Autonomic Nervous System

I can’t emphasize enough the importance of understanding the basics of our human nervous system. Knowledge is power! The more you know about how your mind and body work, the more empowered you will be to improve your health and well-being.

You can thank your nervous system for your six senses:

  1. Taste

  2. Touch

  3. Smell

  4. Sight

  5. Sound

  6. Balance.

It also provides you with three other senses which you possibly didn’t know existed!

  1. Perceiving internal sensations like hunger (interoception)

  2. Sensing position, movement, and acceleration of body parts (proprioception)

  3. Sensing actual or potential tissue damage (nociception)

Our Nervous system is like a tree, it has a lot of branches!

The first two branches are:

  1. Central: Our Control Hub

  2. Peripheral: Our Connection with the Outside World

Let's focus on the peripheral nervous system for one minute (right branch).