BOX BREATHING by Debb Webber, Zen Chi Natural Therapies & Wellness

This powerful breathing technique works by distracting your mind as you count to four, calming your nervous system, and decreasing stress in your body. Box breathing is a simple but powerful relaxation technique that can help return your breathing pattern to a relaxed rhythm. It can clear and calm your mind, improving your focus.

Box breathing, also known as four square breathing, involves exhaling to a count of four, holding your lungs empty for four – count, inhaling at the same pace, and holding air in your lungs for a count of four before exhaling and beginning the pattern again.

Practice anywhere – when you are showering, watching tv, or even working. You can practice box breathing for only a minute or two and experience the immediate benefits of a calm body and a more relaxed mind, or you can practice for several minutes and experience that plus the longer-term benefits of meditation, including increased resilience to stress, decreased feeling of depression, increased positive feelings and more.

  • Let out all of the air in your lungs to the count of four
  • Keep your lungs empty for a count of four
  • Inhale for a count of four
  • Keep your lungs full for a count of four

There is a box breathing app you can download from Apple.

Visit award winning Zen Chi Natural Therapies at Northlakes for a variety of natural and holistic session by visiting: www.zen-chi.net.au

Debbie Webber

Debbie Webber is the pioneer of award winning wellness centre, Zen Chi Therapies and each month one of her team members will write about the modality they specialise in at Zen Chi.

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