Authors
Abstract
Mind-body therapies have been shown to be effective in clinical treatment of disorders such as high blood pressure and stress. Significant differences in the effectiveness of mind–body therapies have been shown and a common link among the therapies has yet to be defined. This article overviews the role of slow rhythmic breathing in physiological as well as therapeutic effects of mind-body therapies. Slow deep breathing practice has important implications as it may underlie the basic mechanism that synchronizes the brain with the autonomic response. This article reviews studies that include the effect of deep slow breathing with or without mind-body therapy exercises. In utero studies that monitor patterns of fetal breathing reveal sympathetic activation with irregular, shallow fast breathing movements compared to slow deep breathing. Recognition of respiratory mechanisms in mind-body therapies can lead to development of more effective relaxation exercises that may incorporate deep slow breathing in clinical applications.
Keywords breathing  meditation  hypertension  stress
Categories (categorize this paper)
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

 PhilArchive page | Other versions
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Breathing the Political: A Meditation On.Elisha Foust - 2013 - In Lenart Škof (ed.), Breathing with Luce Irigaray. Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 186.
Experiencing the Meaning of Breathing.Steve Edwards - 2006 - Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology 6 (1):1-13.
Breathing with Luce Irigaray.Lenart Škof (ed.) - 2013 - Bloomsbury Academic.
The Relation of Reaction-Time to Phase of Breathing.H. V. Gaskill - 1928 - Journal of Experimental Psychology 11 (5):364.
“Just a Swinging Door” – Examining the Egocentric Misconception of Meditation.Antti Wiljami Saari & Jani Pulkki - 2012 - Paideusis: Journal of the Canadian Philosophy of Education Society 20 (2):15-24.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2017-01-04

Total views
345 ( #23,764 of 2,427,676 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
53 ( #14,737 of 2,427,676 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes