Newly Released: "Coherent Breathing - Aligning Breath and Heart" by Wilfried Ehrmann

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Activation of the relaxing part of our nervous system – the parasympathicus – is easy to learn, as breath therapist Wilfried Ehrmann explains in his new book.

This method not only helps to release stress and to easily regain calmness, but also strengthens your resilience to strain. On the physiological level, it supports the heart in managing blood circulation.

A choleric boss, an argument with your partner, a traffic jam on the way home – as soon as we get upset, not only our mood turns down. In our autonomic nervous system, the sympathicus takes over. And our organism reacts as if looking right into the eyes of the saber-tooth tiger: stress hormones like adrenalin are released, preparing the flight reflex. As long as the nervous system is in balance, it can regulate itself after some time. But connected to widely spread cultural diseases, many people are constantly in the alarm state. Yet the opportunities to activate the relaxing counterpart – the parasympathicus – are easy to learn, as breath therapist Dr. Wilfried Ehrmann explains in his new book “Coherent Breathing”. His recipe for sustainable health starts with heart rate variability, which informs about the state of our autonomic nervous system. With the right breathing frequency, our nervous system is optimally tuned in to the most important functions of our body. And this not only lowers our pulse, but also directly affects our emotional and social mood. Highly comprehensibly and practice-oriented, the psychotherapist provides information about how we can find to more tranquility, joy of life and motivation with the help of our breathing.

Impulse Generator of Life – and our Health

“Our breathing is the simplest and most brilliant door for the back regulation of a derailed nervous system”, so Dr Wilfried Ehrmann, “by relaxing our breath, the heartbeat decreases, and eventually the whole stress reaction vanishes.” Although the heart acts as impulse generator of the overall aliveness, we rarely dedicate our full attention to it. Yet breathing turns out as an utterly effective way of influencing a hidden organ, which according to latest medical research seems to bear the secret of robust health. Breathing out relaxed helps the heart to coherence and strengthens its ability to adapt to changes. It quickly reacts to different demands from our environment by booting up its capability with stress and by regenerating in phases of recovery. The heart is able to detect the even slightest changes in emotion and mood to balance them.

To directly monitor the vegetative state via our breathing – as described by Ehrmann in this book – is nothing less than a basic shift in paradigms towards more self-responsibility. “We are used to other people caring for our health: doctors, hospitals and the whole social and health care system. Now it is the point to reclaim this responsibility to ourselves without having to renounce the support of experts”, pleads Ehrmann for taking the specialized experts of the health care system as partners – and every person as the primary expert.

By mastering coherent breathing, which is based on the movement of the diaphragm in the right rhythm, the pumping performance of the heart can be supported, and this creates the so-called Valsava-wave: A wave, which draws venous blood to the lungs during inhalation, while the oxygen enriched blood gets distributed throughout the body during exhalation. “Presumably the Valsalva-Wave also acts to stimulate and cleanse the brain,” explains Ehrmann in this book.

Persons who are interested in the subject of breathing as well as all, who work therapeutically with other people, find in Coherent Breathing a wise and profound adviser comparing different other breathing techniques and methods with coherent breathing. This method has proven its value as supportive form for many kinds of mental disorders and in trauma healing. Apart from that, it is an excellent help for sleeping disorders, panic attacks and fear disorders. Sportspeople use coherent breathing for improving their endurance performance, and meditators find a state of inner tranquility and peace easily and quickly.

Vividly, Ehrmann presents the manifold possibilities for applying coherent breathing and thus encourages to body based health monitoring, which trains our physical awareness at least as effectively as a smartwatch.

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About the Author
Dr. Wilfried Ehrmann is psychotherapist in Vienna. He is author of „Handbuch der Atemtherapie“ (Manual of Breath Therapy) and regularly writes professional articles on various topics of psychotherapy and breathing. His involvement in the maps of consciousness (see his book: “Consciousness in Evolution”) includes his longstanding experiences with integrative breathwork, meditation, gestalt therapy, counseling, body therapy, systemic approaches and peakstates-therapy according to Grant McFetridge.

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