Breathing is extremely important – no surprises there – but did you know that by helping your child to improve their breathing, you can enhance all areas of their life?
In fact, child health experts say breathing correctly will add zest to their life and give the whole body a workout! And it’s not just for the children – parents should join in the breathing revolution as well…
Sunflower CEO Nichola Atkinson says: “Regular breathing exercises for a few minutes a day can help your child to be more emotionally, mentally and physically relaxed. It promotes clearer thinking and improves feelings of wellbeing to allow your child to keep performing at their best.
“It has been documented that shallow breathing can lead to all kinds of issues including fatigue, cramps, pins and needles, disturbed dreams, night sweats and feelings of unreality.”
Brilliant breathing will improve your child’s:
- Immune system
- Energy levels
- Ability to cope and stay calm
- Performance in sport
Breathing really can alter the way you think and feel. For example, yawning is your body’s way of giving the system a kick to wake it up by giving the brain more oxygen. Sighing is another way in which the body tries to relieve stress and tension.
The great thing is, by learning a few simple breathing exercises with your child, you can improve your own health and wellbeing as well as create a relaxing daily activity that means quality time spent together. Sunflower’s simple breathing exercises also make a great addition to the bedtime routine:
- Lie in a comfortable position on your back with a small cushion under your head and place both hands on your tummy.
- First master the breathing technique: breathe in to fill up your lower abdomen, pushing your hands upwards, then fill the middle part of your chest, followed by the top area of your lungs.
- Next, as you breathe in, push the fronts of both feet upwards towards your head, making sure your legs stay flat on the surface. As you breathe out, push your feet as far away as you can. Carry out this process for 15 breaths for three times a day if possible.
Once you are an expert at this breathing technique, you can try some power breathing (1-4-2 breathing). As you breathe in, count to one, hold this for four, then release to the count of two. If you feel dizzy, stop and try again in a week, whilst continuing to practice the original breathing exercises. However, as you get better at the 1-4-2 exercise, you can try breathing in for two, hold for eight and breathe out for four. You can then move on to 4-16-8.
If you would like to learn more about breathing and health, or you feel your child needs support, contact the Sunflower Programme: 01483 531498. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org