Breathing--the process by which the human body moves air in and out of the lungs. It's the essence of life itself. No one teaches us how to breathe; it's instinctive. Or, is it?
Breathing is something every living person does day in, day out, asleep or awake. This life force, when used in its fullest capacity is also a very powerful means by which an individual can take some control over anxiety, pain, and healing. It is also essential to optimal brain activity and overall good health.
Sadly, this very powerful life force is often overlooked as a pain management tool. Through a complex mechanism, the practise of basic relaxation breath can calm nerves, reduce anxiety, and improve gastrointestinal and immune system function. If you've ever given birth or observed someone giving birth (a pretty painful process, isn't it?), you will notice that breathing is a very important part of the process...doesn't that tell us something?
There are many resources online about this topic...here is a YouTube video to help get you started:
Sources: examiner.com; wikipedia; YouTube