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Intercostal Breathing Practice to Relax

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Jennifer Louise
Meditation and Wellness Professional
Never underestimate the power of your breath. The breath is the anchor which we can use to help support us to release stress, tension, and anxiety. Coming back to a slow, deep, regulated breath means we are able to regain control over our nervous system, calm ourselves down & find clarity. In this short exercise, we use a gentle touch, with the hands at the side of the body, holding the ribs. We expand and contract the torso, into and away from the hands, exercising the intercostal muscles & intentionally slowing the breath down. Although this exercise can be used as an energizer - oxygenating the body & focusing the mind - It is a fantastic stress-reduction technique & can be very useful to relax & unwind before bed. Enjoy x