Relaxation Breathing Technique (RBT) is an important relaxation breathing technique used in the relaxation phase of breathing, a period that includes deep breathing, deep breathing and breathing in the belly.
The relaxation breathing process is used by those with breathing problems such as asthma, and by those suffering from chronic stress.
Researchers from the University of Cambridge found that a relaxation breathing practice, which is practiced at home, helped people relax more closely, and had fewer short-term effects on the blood vessels in the head.
Dr David Balfour, from the Department of Medicine at the University, told Business Insider that relaxation breathing is a technique that helps people relax, and that the benefits are more pronounced in those with more severe breathing problems.
Dr Balfours team, including his colleagues Dr Robert Stapleton and Dr Nicholas Foshee, conducted the research using participants in the Relaxation Breath Test, a relaxation exercise which is used to assess the flow of oxygen through the body.
The Relaxation Flow Test is a simple, self-paced relaxation exercise.
Participants inhale slowly, then exhale slowly again.
The results of the study showed that participants were able to maintain a relaxed breathing during the exercise, but they experienced more short- and long-term short-range effects in their breathing, particularly in the abdomen.
“In the short term, we see improvement in blood flow to the diaphragm and the heart, but in the long term we see reductions in the number of deep breaths,” Dr Befors told Business Insights.
“We also see improvements in blood pressure in the lower extremities and in other organs such as the liver, pancreas and spleen.”
The study was published in the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Cardiology.
The researchers concluded that, although short-to-long-term improvements in relaxation in the breath control system were seen in the study participants, the short- to long-terms benefits were less pronounced in people with breathing difficulties.
“The results indicate that short- or long-range relaxation breathing may be useful in reducing symptoms of breathing difficulties and in reducing the duration of chronic stress,” Dr Stapler said.
The study also found that people who were not experiencing any short-duration side effects from breathing exercises, could relax more effectively by using RBT.
“It is important to note that the effects of relaxation in breath control may be mediated through a process that involves the breathing reflexes,” Dr Foshe added.
“So while we are suggesting that breathing techniques can improve relaxation, it is not clear whether the mechanisms are the same in both relaxation and relaxation breathing.”
The research was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.
The full study can be read in full here.