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Relaxation Technique: Deep Breathing

Deep Breathing Script

Find a comfortable position to sit.
Place your left hand on your chest. Place your right hand on your
upper abdomen, just below the place where your ribs join.
Imagine a balloon is in resting under your right hand, inside your belly.

Begin by inhaling slowly and deeply through your nose.
With this breath in, let your belly expand and move out.
Imagine the balloon is filling with air.
At the same time, keep your chest muscles still, quiet.
Feel your lungs expand down, not up or out, with the inhaled breath.

Hold this breath for a few seconds.
Then open your mouth to exhale, releasing the air gradually but completely. Feel your upper abdominal muscles, and the imaginary balloon, contract as the air is released. Again, keep the chest muscles quiet.

Repeat this exercise 3 or 4 times. When finished, try to continue work to move your diaphragm (the imaginary balloon) as you breath.

Not all exercises or diets are suitable for everyone. Before you begin this program, you should have permission from your doctor to participate in vigorous exercise and change of diet. If you feel discomfort or pain when you exercise, do not continue. The instructions and advice presented are in no way intended as a substitute for medical counseling. The creators, producers, participants and distributors of this site disclaim any liability or loss in connection with the exercise and advice provided here.

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