Soft Belly Breathing

Jo Cooper Mind-Body Medicine 0 Comments

By Jo Cooper

Our signature mind-body medicine technique is something Founder and Director James Gordon, MD calls “Soft Belly”, by way of encouraging each of us to relax — which few of us instinctively do these days.

We sit quietly, breathing in through our nose and out through our mouth, which both calms the sympathetic nervous system and awakens the parasympathetic nervous system, creating a feeling of relaxation in the mind and body. Dr. Gordon suggests we think “soft” as we breathe in and “belly” as we breathe out, reminding ourselves to relax our belly so we can take in full, healing breaths rather than shallow, tense ones.

And as our staff members prepare to greet attendees at our annual Mind-Body Medicine Professional Training Program beginning day after tomorrow, we are remembering the thousands of health professionals who have learned this technique at our trainings and workshops all over the world — in Kosovo, Israel, Gaza, post 9/11 NYC, post-Katrina New Orleans, Haiti, Virginia, South Carolina, California, Arizona, Florida, Minnesota, Texas, Post-Sandy New Jersey and Newtown, CT — and the many thousands of people who have learned Soft Belly breathing from the health professionals whom the Center has trained. Veterans, people in urban hospitals, medical schools, inner-city clinics and living on Native American Reservations. People with cancer, pain and depression. Children with Downs Syndrome, school children, and mothers pre- and post-natal. Teenagers, firefighters and emergency responders, and caregivers. People who’ve lost their homes, their loved ones, their hope. We’re grateful for the chance to help relieve stress and suffering and revive hope for so many.

Do some good for you! Try this audio recording of Soft Belly Breathing. Using this simple technique for just a few minutes several times a day can do a world of good to recalibrate your mind-body to cope with stress and to be ready to deal with whatever life brings on.

[su_audio url=”https://cmbm.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/SoftBellyMeditation.mp3″]
About the Author
Jo Cooper

Jo Cooper

Jo Cooper, Online Communications Editor, is the editor of the Centering blog. She posts on www.facebook.com/MindBodyMed and tweets @MindBodyMed and about marketing, design and photography on @JoCooperStudio. Questions about the blog? Contact her at [email protected].

Related Posts

Gratitude and Wellbeing Gratitude defies easy classification. It can serve as an emotion, a moral virtue and even a coping response. It is the overwhelming feeling of appreci...
Art Therapy – A Tool For Healing The act of creating and making art is a unique phenomenon amongst human species. We use this skill to recreate the world we perceive externally and in...
5 Ways of Coping with Stressors We all know that stress is a part of life, with perceived challenges or threats, both real and imaginary, creating stress. However, we have control in...
Spreading CMBM’s work through scholarships "We are committed to sharing our program of self-care and group support with everyone who wants and needs it. For 25 years, we have been offering scho...