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Boy, was I thankful for having learned to be a better breather when I was under the dentist’s drill, the other day. I felt some pain, but mostly fear and anxiety about this new experience of getting a filling.
Whenever I teach a class on acupressure, I tell my students, “Your breath is your friend.” So when you hold a point, take a few deep breaths. Even if you’re not holding a point, take a few deep breaths. Deep breaths help with relaxation.
And what I learned on the dentist’s chair is that I was able to access my calming breath, because I had done it before, in many ways. Practicing acupressure points; giving wellness sessions; receiving bodywork; meditating; in my yoga practice. So, hooray for all that attention to breath.