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Principle #1 – Nourish Relaxation

December 28, 2013 | By | No Comments

I teach using Functional Synergy’s 8 Principles of Movement. Over the next 8 months I’ll elaborate on each of these principles.

Principle #1 – Nourish Relaxation

Relaxation occurs when we cultivate the parasympathetic system which is part of the central nervous system. The opposite of the parasympathetic system is the sympathetic system or stress response which when aroused puts us in a “Fight or Flight” state.

Many of us continually live in the “Fight or Flight” state which has lasting and far reaching impact on our health and wellbeing. This stress response suppresses our immune system, contributes to weight gain or inability to loose weight, results in self indulgent behaviour, feeling tense/tired and we simply handle life as it happens with less skill then we’d like at times.

The relaxation response or stimulation of the parasympathetic system turns off this fight or flight response and is where magical things occur. The breath is a beautiful vehicle for stimulating the relaxation response.

  • Sit and notice your breath for the next couple moments.
  • Where do you feel the inhale?
  • Where do you feel the exhale?
  • Are they similar in length or is one longer or shorter?
  • Which feels easier or you feel more connection to?
  • Notice the rate of thoughts in your mind.
  • Notice how your body feels and what sensations are present right now.


“Everything you do, the pace you keep, the feelings you have, and the choices you make are influenced by the rhythmic metronome of your breath.” ~ Donna Farhi The Breathing Book

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