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Relaxed Breathing

Practising Relaxed Breathing serves to reduce physiological arousal and can be an excellent grounding technique. This client information handout describes benefits of relaxed breathing and gives simple instructions for effective diaphragmatic breathing.

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Introduction & Theoretical Background

Relaxed Breathing is an information sheet with clear instructions for carrying out diaphragmatic (relaxed) breathing. Diaphragmatic breathing activates the parasympathetic nervous system, promoting relaxation, and is an excellent first-line soothing or grounding technique. Although instructions are given for breathing to a counted rhythm it can be helpful to guide clients not to become too focused on breathing in the 'right' way – as long as breathing becomes slower and deeper it tends to be helpful.