Oxygen & the importance of optimising breathing to reduce stress, overwhelm & emotional fatigue.


‘Your breath is the voice of your body… Your breath has a story to tell’.  Dr Gail Parker. 

When looking into breath and relating it to stress it is especially important to consider the role it plays in helping the body navigate times of overwhelm: holding the breath, accelerated heart rate, constricted breathing, inability to breathe and shortness of breath.  Breath work therefore requires awareness and a delicate approach because it has the potential to activate or trigger an individuals nervous system.

Artist – Benjamin Shine

Many of the breath changes are unconscious when we experience stress and overwhelm in the body.  The soft tissue that surrounds the lungs can become held and compromise the ability to inhale and exhale optimally.  Layer in emotional body holding patterns and the fascia and soft tissues hold body postures in all shapes and positions.  All of which are often unconscious and further compound the feelings associated with anxiety, depression, pain and reduced mobility.

All this is very changeable with the right direction and practises.  Breath release practices can bring more energy, space, emotional range and movement to the body. Just like any healing process, the regulation of an individual’s nervous system and breathing adaptation takes time and support.  The hope is that the breath can feel more spacious and restorative instead of activating and triggering.  This is all very possible when guided in a trauma-informed and compassionate way.  You can experience manually therapy at a pace you feel comfortable with or use the Yoga Therapy Tune Up Balls I use in my classes and individually with clients.

In my practise breath has become one of the most essential tools for assisting the nervous system to let go and grow a sense of safety in the body

      • I use it to help fascia release during roll and release.

      • I use guided instructions and technique to help relax the diaphragm to allow signals to the brain the body is safe during TRE® practises.

      • I use it to developing nervous system safety cues in somatic therapy. 

    Without the breath none of the above would be as effective.  

    During my manual therapy years I would feel layers of fascia melt open simply by allowing the clients to let go of the effort and force associated with many mainstream breath cues and instead, soften into their exhales with ease.  I also see this now when using the same cues in my classes and working individually teaching clients how to ease their breath themselves.

    To help optimise your oxygen intake, deepen your breath and support your body’s natural detoxification processes learning how to use the Yoga Therapy Tune up balls offers a self empowered practise you can do at home.  Often one session is enough to get you started.  Joining in on a class then offers opportunity to develop your understanding and breath range.

    For long term breath work I then highly recommend the Oxygen Advantage Breathing System.  Patrick McGowan is a global breath trainer and pioneer in breath optimisation.  To learn more in how you can work with a local trainer click here.

    With Oxygen Advantage you can master emotions, foster flexibility by forging deeper connections with yourself and others, improve performance and explore techniques to control and build resilience through breath.

    I hope this has created some curiosity around the importance of nurturing the breath and oxygen levels in your body and the knowing that with some simple regular practises the space you can begin to step into is literally expensive and calmer in every sense.

    May the flow of life continue to embrace you,


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