Resonance Frequency Breathing (RFB) is abdominal breathing that is relaxed, deep, and deliberate, akin to mindful breathing, and produces a meditative-like state that promotes optimal balance in your body and mind.
Although everyone breathes at their own unique pace, average RFB falls around 3-6 breaths per minute. RFB produces a state of relaxation, clears your mind, and elevates your mood without the use of external substances.
When you engage in deep, calm, steady breathing such as RFB, your body’s systems return to their natural alignment and can communicate wholly and easily, or in full resonance with each other. Although scientific research has only been underway since the 1990s, it is an instinctual function of the human system: hymns, chants, prayers, and poetry produce the same breathing rhythms associated with resonant frequency. RFB is accessible by anyone of any age at any time during the day; it simply requires a conscious effort to pay attention to your breathing rhythms.
When we breathe, our respiratory pump, which is comprised of the lungs and breathing muscles such as the diaphragm, moves air in and out of our body; the respiratory pump also moves various fluids like blood and lymphatic fluid around and through our body. Breathing takes air and fluids to the organs in our bodies that need them, as well as releases and removes unnecessary toxins. The deeper and more resonant our breathing becomes, the more stable our physiological systems become and can function with less effort and stress. Through RFB, our body’s systems retain synchronicity because communication between them is strong and vibrant.
When we regularly and intentionally stabilize the depth and rhythm of our breathing, the physiological systems associated with our breathing achieve maximum harmony, or homeostasis. RFB allows us, then, to re-attune to our body’s organic rhythms and to return to a balanced state of being. The practice of RFB has resounding benefits: it can reduce blood pressure and can help manage panic attacks, anxiety, and depression, asthma, COPD, fibromyalgia, and irritable bowel syndrome. RFB helps preserve and improve our overall health by restoring energy and reconnecting us with our body.
The practice of RFB has significant advantages for those seeking to recover from addiction and harmful behaviors because it reestablishes direct communication between the body and mind and promotes psycho-physiological balance. When we reconnect ourselves with our breathing, we become aware that we have a body, thus drawing us out of dark and negative thoughts; we are also reminded that we have the power to regain control of our thoughts and actions at anytime and in any place.
When we engage specifically in the deep, intentional breathing of RFB, we also become conscious of our ability to slow our heart rate, which promotes a relaxed state of mind and releases toxic thoughts and behavioral patterns. When practiced over time, RFB rewires our neural networks so that eventually we unconsciously seek a balanced state of being through breath rather than from an external source or impulsive behavior.
Regular practice of RFB builds up confidence and prepares the body and mind to maintain balance when stressful situations arise. As we encounter life’s challenges, RFB empowers us to stay calm in the moment, to exercise a caring and creative attitude, and to remain content in every moment.
Biofeedback, RFB, and HRV are all techniques taught to drug addicted patients. They fall underneath the Ingredients for Success, which is a concept integral to all of My Addiction Physician’s customized drug addiction treatment programs.