Panic attacks and anxiety problems affect people of all ages. Panic attacks can have physical symptoms, including an increase in the rate and depth of breathing, shaking, feeling confused or disorientated, rapid heartbeats, dry mouth, sweating, dizziness and chest pain.
In a person with a normal anxiety response, once the anxiety-causing event has passed the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems return the body to normal physiological baselines.
However, if a chronic state of hyperventilation exists (that is, if you breathe more than physiologically required all or much of the time) then this will trigger changes in the nervous systems, producing a chronic state and a permanently elevated level of anxiety.
If you have panic disorder, you may feel constantly stressed and anxious, particularly about when your next panic attack may be.
Learning to relax can help to relieve some of this stress and tension and may also help you to deal more effectively with your panic attacks when they occur.
Using forms of controlled breathing including the Buteyko method where you learn to control your breathing and overcome panic breathing and hyperventilation will help you to manage stress levels, release tension, improve your mood and boost confidence.
To find out more about how we can help you manage anxiety and panic attacks, call us now.
“I’ve recently been doing some breathwork training with Nigel. One of the reasons I was interested is because for several years now I’ve had intermittent night terrors where I think I’m drowning, and I believe I can’t breathe. I also have a history of being highly claustrophobic, so much so that I had started to avoid anything that would make me feel cramped like bunk beds or things over my head.
Seeing as we had got to a point where my fear of not being able to breathe was getting in the way of my progress, Nigel offered to do a Mind Detox Method session with me.
Unsurprisingly, the memory that came up was of my birth. Born earlier than expected and not in the hospital, I got panicked by being pushed out before I was ready. I also experienced low oxygen levels on my way out, to the point where I thought I was going to die. On top of all that, I’d picked up on my mum’s concerns that I was being born at home and how my sister had needed medical attention after she was born. The memory was of being cramped, stuck and very scared; I was going to die.
Nigel skilfully and patiently worked with me to unravel every part of the memory and find positive antidote learnings till there was no residual stress in my body. I instantly felt more open, relaxed and freer in my body.
Thank you, Nigel, for clearing a nearly 43-year-old issue and giving me my confidence back. I cannot wait to see what longer term impact it will have!”
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