Thursday, April 1, 2021

Breathing for Pain Regulation

When practicing the WHM for pain regulation, you’re consciously manipulating your body and the pain you feel through the use of the breathing techniques. 

1  Begin by sitting or lying down in a comfortable position. Once you are relaxed, direct your attention to the spot where you feel the pain. Then take five calm, deep breaths. 

2  Now take twenty more deep breaths. Fully in, and letting go. Do not force your breath. 

3  Exhale the last breath fully out, then inhale fully in once more, and hold it for ten seconds. 

4  While holding the breath, focus your attention on the point of pain, and press your held breath toward it. Tense the muscles around the pain area as well. 

5  Release your breath and all tension. 

Think of the painful sensation as a signal. Motivate yourself to listen to this signal and become attuned to it. This signal tells you that the chemistry in this area needs to change, or is changing. A positive train of thought or mindset influences the perception of pain. The purpose is not to suppress the pain signal, but to change the internal chemistry that causes the pain in the first place.

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