Our small brain forms movement and function patterns based on how we use our body. If we are always in tense situations or do a great deal of weight training our muscles learn to set their tone at a greater intensity.
If we are constantly breathing shorter breaths because we experience circumstances in our lives as stressful our breathing patterns will become patterned into shallower breathing.
We can reset these automatic patterns of breathing and muscle tone by doing deep controlled breaths in and out through the nose. Nose breathing sends a signal to the brain that we are not working hard and allows our muscles to become less tense. As we breathe deeper and steady our breath our whole body will become less stressed.
If we focus on relaxing our muscles while doing the deep focused breathing our muscles will experience a new state of relaxation. Over a short period of time the small brain will reset its patterning to deeper slower breathing and less tone in the muscles.
You can try it right now by laying on your back and taking deep long breaths through the nose. Try to inhale as much oxygen as possible on the in-breath and on the out-breath relax the body to the ground. Practice for a minimum of 5 minutes. The patterns will reset faster if we practice for 15 minutes but 5 will do as a start.