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Breathing exercise to reduce blood pressure and stress

What is the process they are talking about on television to reduce blood pressure.
How do you do it?
Does anyone know the details.

 
tootoobusy

Asked by tootoobusy at 6:21 AM on Sep. 17, 2010 in Health

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  • Well, I'm hindu & we have lots of meditation & breathing techniques. The one my mom practices helps to lower blood pressure.

    Breath in but, count to 7 or 10 while you are breathing in (whichever is more comfy to you, the slower the better but not so slow that you get light headed) Then when your belly is full of air, hold it for 7 seconds & when you breath out, count to 7. It's called the 20-20-20 breathing technique. Although, most of us cannot hold it that long without getting light headed. You have to start off at a lower number & eventually work your way up to 20 seconds.

    So breath in slowly so that the time you get to 7 or 10...your belly is filled up with air. Hold it for the same amount of seconds & then release it & breath out for the same amount of seconds. When you are breathing in, make sure your belly is filling up with air & not your chest, it's more relaxing. Do this for 5-20 min a day.
    samurai_chica

    Answer by samurai_chica at 7:18 AM on Sep. 17, 2010

  • Yes, you find a quiet spot to sit. Close you eyes. Breathe in through your nose while you slowly count to 3. Breathe out through your mouth while you slowly count to 3 or 4. Keep doing this, while focusing on nothing but your breathing and counting. You can visualize the stress blowing out through your mouth like a dark cloud and moving away from your body. It sounds so simple, too simple, really, but it works.
    Another one that works if you're laying down, is to breathe like that for a few minutes and then starting at your toes, focus on relaxing that body part. Work your way up as you allow each part to relax. Toes, feet, calves, thighs, etc. You can visualize the stress moving up as you relax each part and again, blowing out with each exhale. Hope this helps.
    JawgaMom1

    Answer by JawgaMom1 at 6:36 AM on Sep. 17, 2010

  • I do deep breathing and then do raspberries it works.

    luvmygrlz

    Answer by luvmygrlz at 6:29 AM on Sep. 17, 2010

  • yep that's true ;) and add a cup of green tea with minth
    caramelH

    Answer by caramelH at 6:39 AM on Sep. 17, 2010

  • Breathing; deep, slow and steady can act as one's Reset Button for those struggling with anxiety or anger issues. When we get stressed, we tend to use shallow breathing or sometimes even end up Holding our breath, and not even aware of it. I instruct and demo to clients Belly Breathing; practice slowly filling your lungs up from the bottom -> up. Your tummy should pooch out first.
    805Therapy.com

    Answer by 805Therapy.com at 3:27 PM on Sep. 17, 2010

  • i agree
    mekarevell

    Answer by mekarevell at 7:25 PM on Sep. 19, 2010

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