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Posted by Monique ( on February 23, 2000 at 13:19:55:

In Reply to: Breathing posted by Miguel on February 23, 2000 at 12:28:33:

I agree to a certain extent however the method you are using is different in that it is rapid changes. What Greg does is go from pacing and short shallow breaths to sitting and concentrating on deep breaths and relaxing.
The Hypothalamus is the 'triggering factor' of the F/F response in that the adrenilin etc has to reach here inorder for it to signal the F/F response begin. It is a phyiological(spelling?) response where upon it begins the other organs etc become involved. You can sit and say I don't need to run this is not scary but it is not going to stop the 'urge' as it is something that physiologically you cannot control by mear will power. You must send the signal to the brain to produce chemical etc that will counter react the response of F/F. This can only be accomplished by a similar but opposite physiolocical response in your body hence the deep breathing. Shallow breathing send the 'something is wrong message'and begins it - deep breathing sends 'all is well' message and the apporopriate chemicals and responses follow. Greg too has attempted your method, he would do the situps, chinup, running on the spot, jumping jacks and pushup etc and to a degree did gain a bit of relief. As an experiment (don't know if you are in a cyle now) but try to do what Greg does just for a comparison if you like. He says when reading your response, "yup felt that too but this is better and different relief. It does something to the whole body not just the pain"

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