We are all well acquainted with the fact that stress and other mental conditions can lead to high blood pressure. In fact, high or low blood pressure has become part and parcel with our everyday life as most of us suffer from either one of these two conditions. Most of us are negligent toward high blood pressure, but it can be very dangerous to health. There are several means by which one can bring the blood pressure back to normal. The most common are through better management of our activity levels and stress relief exercises. Our web site breathing skills tests, correlations statistics and studies reveal that certain breathing exercises are capable of reducing high blood pressure as they reduce or eliminate physical, mental and/or emotional negativity, and also boost other health benefits. Here are some means through which high blood pressure can be treated.
Meditation is believed to be one of the most effective ways of relieving stress. It offers numerous health benefits. Initially, meditation can appear to be a challenge, but one can pick one of the meditation practices that suit one’s individual lifestyle and health. By applying some easy strategies, anyone can reap the benefits of a regular meditation practice.
Certain yoga practices can be great ways to shape the mind, body and soul, and lastly, to normalize the blood pressure. There are different asanas or postures that can be put into practice. These mild stretching postures help to relieve muscle tension, bring discipline into life, perk up vitality, and normalize blood pressure. The key is slowing down the body’s responses to external and internal stimuli.
Progressive Muscle Relaxation
Another popular way to attempt to lower high blood pressure is by the Progressive Muscle Relaxation techniques. They are systematic processes in which all the muscle groups are tensed first and then relaxed, progressing up the body from the feet to the top of the head. These exercises can be performed at home or at the workplace. They can be very effective and extremely convenient to perform but they do not work for everyone.
Blood Pressure Breathing Exercises
Various kinds of breathing exercises can be performed anywhere, and at any time of the day. The best thing is that they can be done between regular chores, like doing dishes, laundry, cooking, etc. These are our most popular as they are believed to be the best stress busters but only after they have become habituated and automatic. Perfect practice makes for perfect results.
Health professionals all over the globe have realized the vital influence of music and they are implementing the calming influence of music therapy that complements traditional medical treatments for many of their patients. Tibetan singing bowls that are made to mirror the calm and peaceful nervous system of the high mountain person who hand pounds them into the deep calming multi vibrational qualities that simply stem from the state of calm of the bowl maker can be profoundly effective in this regard.
Transcendental Meditation (TM)
TM is one of the most effective ways of treating and controlling high blood pressure. One of the strongest parts of it is the way it engages one’s breathing and if one’s breathing is off balance then the TM is far less effective, if at all.
The best thing is that through TM, one can clearly steer away from the side effects of anti-hypertension drugs. A new study was conducted at the University of Kentucky and meta-analyzed and evaluated over nine random control trials regarding the use of Transcendental Meditation. It was noted that, after the practice of TM, there was an average drop of 4.7 mm systolic BP and 3.2 mm of diastolic BP. Dr. James W. Anderson, the lead researcher under whom the study was conducted, said that along with this, the chances of cardiovascular disease could also be reduced to a great extent. Transcendental Meditation significantly reduces stress.
(1) Watching the belly:
The 'belly watching' form of Vipassana meditation involves focusing our attention on the breathing process felt around the belly. We strengthen this ability by integrating our Squeeze and Breathe and Optimal Strapping Techniques shown in the 176 Fundamentals video. www.breathing.com/breathingkit.htm
(2) Watching the coolness in the nostril :
If you observe your breathing closely, then you will find that whenever the air enters inside our body through nostril, it produces a little soothing coolness in the nostrils. Our prerecorded Watching Breath CD uses this insight and expands upon it. www.breathing.com/watching.htm
(3) Watching the Breathing like a river :
Just watch your breath as it moves in your body. Don't be attached with it.
Most of us are acquainted with the fact that with stress the blood pressure gets raised. When the body is subjected to attack, it switches to “fight-or-flight” mode. At this time, the hormones norepinephrine and epinephrine are released, which in turn increases the heart rate. The metabolism in turn becomes faster, and more blood is pushed into the large muscle groups. This leads to an increase in blood pressure.
The fact remains that the body fails to distinguish between a perceived psychological threat and an actual physical threat. In both cases, the stress reaction takes place. Hence, it becomes important to eliminate these threats at their roots, as the resulting conditions can mount up and can become chronic. This is the purpose of Stress Biology.
How to Control Blood Pressure
By this time, we must know that personal change and alteration of one’s lifestyle are the major means of normalizing high blood pressure. One of the popular means is through diet and weight loss and, of course, through a breathing based meditation and specific blood pressure breathing exercises. Make meditation and all of the above recommendations a part of your lifestyle and have an ailment-free life! www.breathing.com/deepest-calm.htm
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