Enroll in the “Correct Your Body” Recovery and Balance Training program at Massage Rx LA to improve your health through guided breathing exercises and other techniques that support the body’s recovery and balance. This program provides expert guidance and support to help you achieve your health goals.

What are breathing exercises?


Breathing exercises are simple techniques that help you control your breathing, increase lung capacity, and improve oxygen intake. They can be performed in a variety of ways, including:

  • Deep Breathing: Inhaling deeply through your nose and exhaling slowly through your mouth.
  • Box Breathing: Inhaling deeply for a count of 4, holding your breath for a count of 4, exhaling for a count of 4, and then holding your breath for a count of 4 before inhaling again.
  • Alternate Nostril Breathing: Using your fingers to close one nostril while inhaling through the other, then switching and exhaling through the opposite nostril.
  • Diaphragmatic Breathing: Inhaling deeply and expanding your diaphragm (the muscle that separates your chest from your abdomen) to allow more air into your lungs.

Why are breathing exercises important?

Reduces stress and anxiety: Breathing exercises can help reduce stress and anxiety levels by calming the nervous system and promoting relaxation.

  • Increases lung capacity: Breathing exercises help improve lung function and increase lung capacity, which can be beneficial for people with respiratory issues like asthma or COPD.
  • Improves digestion: Deep breathing can stimulate the vagus nerve, which is responsible for digestive health. This can help improve digestion and reduce symptoms of gastrointestinal issues.
  • Enhances athletic performance: Breathing exercises can help athletes improve their performance by increasing oxygen intake and improving endurance.
  • Lowers blood pressure: Deep breathing can help lower blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels and reducing the workload on the heart.
  • Boosts immune system: Breathing exercises can help improve the immune system by increasing oxygen intake, which is necessary for the body to fight off infections.

Additionally, incorporating regular home massage or seeking professional massage therapy can further support overall wellness. Massage has been shown to reduce muscle tension, alleviate pain, improve circulation, and promote relaxation. Lymphatic drainage massage is a specialized technique that can also aid in reducing swelling and inflammation, enhancing the immune system, and supporting detoxification. Therefore, combining regular breathing exercises with massage therapy, particularly lymphatic drainage massage, can have a synergistic effect on promoting optimal health and well-being.