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Questions about breathing and Breathing Therapy/Rebirth.

What is breathing?

It is inhaling and exhaling air from the lungs.

It is the method by which oxygen enters our body.

Through breathing we use oxygen and eliminate carbon dioxide from the body. Some systems in our body are closely linked to the balance between oxygen and carbon dioxide, such as the Ph of blood or the production of synapses in nerve cells.

What are the types of breathing?

It can be thoracic or abdominal;

superficial or deep;

relaxed or intense;

slow or fast;

It can also be paused or connected (between inhalation and exhalation);

Some of these types can be combined to achieve different results in the body. These combinations are given names such as: cyclic, or connected, holotropic, diaphragmatic, total breathing.

Who can breathe?

Virtually all living things on Earth, which includes humans!

Many are unaware of the importance of breathing. We can go several days without eating, a few days without drinking water, but just a few minutes without breathing ...

What are the benefits of breathing?

It is through breathing that oxygen enters our body and releases the harmful carbon dioxide produced by cells. Oxygen is the main source of energy for cellular functioning and through respiration it reaches every cell in our body. On the other hand, it is also through respiration that carbon dioxide, a product of excretion of cellular metabolism, is eliminated by exhalation.

What are the limitations for breathing?

There are no impediments or fatal effects on breathing. Unwanted effects can occur when you are not breathing properly or adequately for the situation. In some moments (from external contexts unrelated to our will) our body can react in a wrong way when interpreting sensory information and cause our respiratory system to change the rhythm or way of breathing, in order to produce an effect contrary to what is expected. An example is that when we are surprised (fright or strong emotion), we tend to “hold” our breath! Likewise, there may be spontaneous hyperventilation.

What sensations can arise in cyclic or connected breathing?

Dry mouth and throat (after 5 minutes, cease after a few minutes);

Tingling in the lips and part of the face (after 5 minutes until the end);

Tingling in the feet, hands and scalp (after 5 minutes until the end);

Heat in the head and face (from half onwards);

cold in the rest of the body (from half onwards);

Mild cramps in the calves and instep;

Mild abdominal pain (the muscles are slightly sore from exertion);

Involuntary contractions of the muscles of the feet and hands (Tetania. From half to the end);