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The Importance of Diaphragm Breathing to Improve Vagal Tone and Regulate the Nervous System

If I could teach every single person just one skill to physically manage stress and regulate the nervous system, it would be proper breathing. It is foundational in somatic release and a necessary skill that is woven into every technique - and safe movement. Proper breathing with the diaphragm not only helps to regulate our nervous systems and improve our oxygen intake, but simultaneously strengthens our respiratory muscles. Oh, and it provides a dopamine boost.

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