Better performance, more energy and real relaxation!
Due to persistent stress (such as studying for weeks, an illness, too little real relaxation, poor sleep, etc.) not only will the breathing become unstable (the tidal volume increases structurally), it also becomes increasingly difficult to deeply relax mentally and physically . That is why in the Ademwijzer Training you not only learn healthy breathing, but also how to (again) achieve mental and physical relaxation. Your body then returns to the state where it can recharge, build and repair. This is essential to stay healthy and to continue to achieve sufficient study results.
The quality of studying depends, among other things, on the degree to which you can concentrate and process information. And that depends on two factors: the oxygen uptake in your (brain) cells and the degree of tension and relaxation in muscles and your nervous system. Tension of muscles and an overloaded nervous system guarantee poorer study results.
More oxygen, more energy
The RelaxBreathing Training provides more oxygen at the cellular level of your entire body. This is achieved by making breathing healthy, that is, bringing it to the normal value of 6 liters per minute. Too much breathing is bad for the oxygen delivery to the cells, due to a low carbon dioxide value in the blood (Bohr effect). To achieve this healthy breathing volume, you learn certain Buteyko techniques. For a variety of reasons, we do not use the push techniques that are popping up all over the internet and that irresponsibly drive up carbon dioxide levels in the blood.
Isn’t yoga, meditation or mindfulness enough?
A less well understood part of a healthy life is the relationship between mental and physical relaxation. Can you sit for 20 minutes with your eyes closed, with no music in the room or on your head, and then be totally physically relaxed without thoughts running through your mind? And is your breathing then in total rest?
The problem with mental and physical relaxation is when muscles get too little oxygen and the nervous system is over-stimulated. This is more common than you think and has to do with, among other things, an excessive breathing volume and the consequences of a period of sustained exertion / stress. It is estimated that nowadays 75% of people have too large a tidal volume. Just test how many people in your area can still easily swim the length of the pool under water without coming to the surface afterwards. Test your breathing with the test on this page (scroll down to the clock on mobile). The test was developed by the doctor Buteyko who was aware of the functioning of the respiratory center and how too large a tidal volume is responsible for many complaints in the body. It points to energy shortage, reduced concentration, weaker immune system, more short of breath during exercise, sick more quickly, shorter fuse, reduced libido and so we can go on for a while. In our book Breathing as Medicine we explain exactly how this works.
Research has shown that we must be able to spend at least 15 minutes in total mental and physical relaxation every day in order to stay healthy in this stressful society. This regardless of other factors that must be in order (such as nutrition and exercise). But unfortunately, it takes more than yoga, meditation or mindfulness to restore healthy breathing! Read on this website about the need to retrain the breathcentre and decreasing stress.