At the Peak Performance for Healthcare Providers event in Scottsdale, we were joined by the founder and CEO of Mastry, Francesca Sipma, who led us through a breathwork, hypnosis and visualization session. It was amazing. The entire audience was blown away and several attendees told me it was the most impactful thing they've ever experienced in their entire lives.
Recently, I received this update from Francesca on the power of breath work and I thought I'd share it here for our readers and subscribers:
"Mastry aims to provide you with the latest insights and most effective tool for personal growth and well-being. Today, we are excited to share groundbreaking research from Stanford University, conducted by neuroscientist Dr. Andrew Huberman, which sheds new light on the remarkable benefits of breathwork outperforming meditation.
Before we delve into the details, make sure to grab your headphones and tune into Dr. Huberman's podcast episode, "How to Breathe Correctly for Optimal Health, Mood, Learning & Performance." Trust us, it's an awe-inspiring listen that will ignite your curiosity and elevate your understanding of breathwork. Catch the episode here.
Now, let's uncover the findings from the Stanford research and Dr. Huberman's revelations:
Breathwork Outperforms Meditation for Sleep Improvement
Participants who engaged in breathwork techniques experienced significantly improved sleep quality compared to those who practiced meditation. Breathwork exercises, which involve deliberate control and manipulation of the breath, demonstrated a greater impact on regulating the sleep-wake cycle and promoting deeper, more restful sleep.
Breathwork Reduces Stress Levels
While meditation has long been recognized as an effective tool for stress reduction, Dr. Huberman's study found that breathwork surpassed meditation in its ability to alleviate stress. The controlled breathing patterns in breathwork activate the parasympathetic nervous system, promoting relaxation and reducing the body's stress response.
Breathwork Enhances Mood and Emotional Well-being
Participants who engaged in breathwork reported a significant improvement in mood and emotional well-being. The rhythmic and intentional breathing techniques used in breathwork stimulate the release of endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin, promoting feelings of calm, happiness, and overall contentment.
As uncovered by the research, cyclical sighing with two inhales through the nose and one exhale through the mouth has emerged as the most effective breathwork practice (over box breathing). Incorporating purposeful sighs into your breathwork routine can have a profound impact on regulating your sleep-wake cycle, releasing tension, and cultivating an uplifted emotional state. These resources + sessions, focusing on cyclical sighing are available on Mastry app.
Your pursuit of mastery and well-being is our priority. We invite you to explore these resources, dive into breathwork, and share your experiences and breakthroughs with us. Together, let's embrace the untapped potential of intentional breathing and continue our journey toward personal growth.
Stay tuned for more exhilarating updates, cutting-edge research, and curated content, as we endeavor to empower you on your path to greatness."
Thanks to Francesca and the team at Mastry for the update and please share your experience with us and fellow members so that we can celebrate your wins.
Cheering you on,
Dustin S. Burleson, DDS, MBA