The Relaxator Breathing Retrainer is a small and convenient tool to improve your breathing habits. It’s extremely easy to use—simply place the Relaxator in your mouth and when you exhale it provides an adjustable level of resistance, which, when used regularly, helps you achieve optimal breathing with a resulting increase in your oxygen uptake.
PROMOTES ABDOMINAL BREATHING
The Relaxator Breathing Retrainer helps you achieve optimal breathing by stimulating the diaphragm to work properly thus ensuring that the inhaled air reaches further down in your abdomen. The diaphragm is our most important breathing muscle and a good diaphragmatic breathing makes the process of breathing efficient.
GIVES A RHYTHMIC BREATHING
The rhythm of your heart follows your respiratory rhythm, so if your respiratory rate is irregular it has a negative effect on your heart. The Relaxator Breathing Retrainer helps to maintain a breathing pattern that is more rhythmical and relaxed.
REDUCE STRESS AND ANXIETY
When you breathe using the Relaxator, you extend the time spent breathing out, which helps your body to relax. Breathing in is an active process in which, among other things, your heart rate increases, whilst breathing out is a passive process, which is linked to relaxation and a lowering of your heart rate. Increased relaxation means you will experience less stress and more harmony. When your body is more relaxed, you function better and can achieve more with less effort.
When we breathe in a way that is not optimal, our body suffers a lack of oxygen. The organs that are most negatively affected include the brain, heart, muscles and eyes. With the Relaxator the inhaled air end up in the midriff to a greater extent, which results in increased and more efficient oxygen uptake.
FOR DIFFERENT HEALTH ISSUES
Use the Relaxator:
- Asthma attack. In asthma the airways are narrow. The Relaxator helps to increase the carbon dioxide in your airways, which makes them wider as CO2 has a relaxing effect on the smooth muscles surrounding the airways.
- Coughing. We cough in order to get rid of particles trapped in the airways. Breathing out through a resistance increase the pressure and air circulation in the lungs, which will reduce the need for coughing, as the trapped particles are removed naturally.
- Pain and childbirth. Fast and shallow breathing, or holding our breath increases tensions and pain. Improving our breath can reduce pain. Taking control of the breathing during childbirth can break the vicious fear-tense-pain-cycle.
- Low energy. Our ability to produce energy without oxygen is very limited, which is the reason why we die if we stop breathing. In fact, our cells produce up to 16 times more energy with oxygen than without.
IN STRESS AND DIFFICULT EMOTIONS
Use the Relaxator:
- Cravings. In cravings we tend to look for external solutions to inner conflicts. Conscious breathing helps connect your brain-brain with you heart-brain and gut-brain.
- Anger, rage. Turning to your breath when angry helps you to get out of fight/flight mode and calm down and get into safe/relaxed mode.
- Digestion problems. On every inhale the low, slow and diaphragmatic breathing increases the pressure in your abdomen and stimulates the intestines and bowel movement .
- High stress, worry and anxiety. Our inner stress is reflected in our breath. By taking control over your breathing you can reduce stress and anxiety and dare to remain in the difficult situation for longer.
DURING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND RELAXATION
Use the Relaxator:
- Biking. While riding the bike you can use the Relaxator to train yourself to tolerate higher levels of carbon dioxide.
- Walking, jogging. Using the Relaxator during physical activity increases the pressure in the lungs and sinuses which leads to better air circulation and improved lung and nose function.
- Meditation. The low, slow and rhythmical breathing promoted by the Relaxator is a great way to get into a state of deep relaxation.
- Yoga, Qi gong. Relaxed breathing gives a relaxed body which enhances your yoga and qi gong sessions.
Use the Relaxator:
- At the computer. When concentrating and being creative our brain needs a lot of oxygen. Rhythmic breathing is a prerequisite to maintain good brain oxygenation.
- Painting the house. The Relaxator is great when doing repetivite work that requires presence to avoid mistakes, like painting the house.
- Gardening. When mowing the lawn or pottering in the garden you can use the Relaxator to give your breathing muscles an extra workout.
- Driving. The Relaxator can help you to stay alert, be calmer and have more patience when driving.
IN YOUR DAILY LIFE
Use the Relaxator:
- In bed. Using the Relaxator in bed before falling asleep is a great way to close the day and prepare yourself for sleep. Or use it before getting up in the morning to set the intention for the day.
- Reading. When using the Relaxator while reading you increase your ability to stay focused and understand the text.
- Cooking. One of the great things about the Relaxator is that you can use it many different situations, for examle while cooking or doing other household chores.
- Watching TV. Isn’t it cool that you can improve your breathing and your health even when doing something as sedentary as watching TV.
1. SET THE RESISTANCE
Set the resistance of your choice by turning the Relaxator mouthpiece to adjust the vent.
There are five levels of resistance: the smaller the opening, the greater the resistance. Five is the heaviest resistance and one is the lightest.
The aim is for you to achieve a low, slow, small, relaxed and rhythmical breathing, so it is recommended that you increase the resistance slowly and gradually to make sure your breathing stays relaxed.
2. Bring the Relaxator to your mouth
3. Breathe out through the Relaxator
Exhale slowly and calmly through the Relaxator. At exhalation your abdomen and the lower part of your chest should slowly contract while the upper part of your chest and shoulders remain still.
4. Inhale calmly through your nose
Inhale calmly through your nose — just let the inhalation happen and let the air in. At inhalation the air passes into your abdominal area. Your abdomen slowly expands while the upper part of your chest and shoulders remain still. The lower part of your chest may expand a little. Please note that the main focus when using the Relaxator should be on the outbreath, since if we get the exhalation right, a good, low, diaphragmatic inhalation will follow.
5. Use the Relaxator fifteen minutes once or twice a day
Using the Relaxator for fifteen minutes once or twice a day gives good results. There is no limit to how long time it may be used at a time. Some people opt to use it for 1–2 hours a day. An optimal respiration of 8–12 breaths per minute, with 0.5 liters of air per breath is achieved when the resistance is set to 3–4. Please note that our breathing affects every single aspect of our lives, so if you train too hard in the beginning with the Relaxator you may experience cleansing reactions.
6. Maintain a relaxed breathing when training with the Relaxator
Endeavor to maintain a relaxed, non-strained breathing when you use the Relaxator. There is no need to push yourself too hard in order to achieve results. Note how you breathe after having used the Relaxator. If your breathing afterwards is relaxed and rhythmic, the Relaxator is set it to a suitable resistance.
Question: Can you explain how blowing in the Relaxator can, in some people, increase the level of carbon dioxide and in people with, for example, COPD or pulmonary emphysema, reduce the level of it, as these people retain too much carbon dioxide?
Answer: Many of us breathe in a way that exceeds the needs of our body, which is essentially a low-grade form of hyperventilation. The big problem with hyperventilation is that we get an imbalance between oxygen and carbon dioxide: we get too much oxygen and too little carbon dioxide. More information on the disadvantages of a low carbon dioxide pressure can be found in this article: “Carbon dioxide pressure more important than blood pressure”.
When we breathe in using the Relaxator, the purpose is, among others, to calm down our breathing and breathe more slowly. Slower breathing will reduce hyperventilation. In other words, the amount of air we breathe in and out per minute or hour will decrease. By slowing breathing, we will retain more carbon dioxide in our bodies, which will lead to increased carbon dioxide pressure.
If you have COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) or pulmonary emphysema, parts of your lungs are destroyed due to the collapse of alveoli (pulmonary vesicles responsible for the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the bloodstream). It then becomes difficult to fully exhale air, and as a result, your lungs and air passages will retain some of the carbon dioxide.
If the person with COPD or pulmonary emphysema exhales through a Relaxator or some similar device which increases resistance upon exhalation, the pressure in the person’s lungs will increase. The increased pressure will cause the alveoli that have collapsed, to widen, which means that the carbon dioxide can be extracted from the blood so balance can be restored.
To sum it all up, Relaxator training will help in restoring an optimal carbon dioxide pressure both during over-breathing (where carbon dioxide pressure is too low) and COPD or pulmonary emphysema (where carbon dioxide pressure is too high).
Answer: The reasons for experiencing problems with saliva when using a Relaxator are often due to one of the following causes:
Tensed jaws. Your jaws may become tense when using a Relaxator, which will increase saliva production. If possible, it is optimal for you to hold the Relaxator between your lips, as this will provide increased relaxation compared to when you bite into it with your teeth.
Increased relaxation. If you are using a Relaxator, there will be increased activity in the parasympathetic part of the autonomic nervous system (the part of the nervous system that handles heartbeat, breathing, digestion, etc. without us having to think about it). In English, the parasympathetic system is called the rest and digest system. When we relax, the body may, thus, think it is time to eat and, as a result, secrete more saliva. And the fact that we put a Relaxator in our mouths can contribute even more to make the body think food will soon come.
Difficulty swallowing at the same time. The technique for swallowing while having a Relaxator in your mouth has to be learned, but you will usually figure it out after having used the Relaxator for a while.
Saliva is a way to get rid of waste products. One reason for more saliva is that your body becomes better balanced by the breathing training, and then the ability to rid yourself of waste products will increase. Normally, we have four ways to get rid of waste products: urine, feces, sweat and exhalation. When these are not enough, our bodies use saliva as a backup system.
Overuse at first. If we immediately start training with the Relaxator for several hours a day with a very small opening to create high resistance, and it is hard to exhale the air, it is conceivable that we may overuse the Relaxator and will need to both reduce the time we use it and open up the Relaxator a little more so that it is easier to exhale through it.
If the hole on the Relaxator is pointed downward. According to my experience, it is better if the breathing hole is pointing upwards in case of saliva problems.My advice is to hang in and continue training with the Relaxator, as the problems usually are transient and the saliva will decrease after having used the Relaxator for a while. Another option is to take a break or work out with the Relaxator for a shorter time or with a lower resistance if you find the saliva to be a problem.
Answer: Here are some tips on how to clean the Relaxator:
- Soak the Relaxator in lukewarm water with some detergent.
- Flush the Relaxator below the water tap with some hot water.
- Put on some colloidal silver or some other cleansing agent.
- Place the Relaxator in a glass of lukewarm water with half a teaspoon of bicarbonate for 15 minutes. See the study below on pesticides, where bicarbonate was more effective than Clorox. After 15 minutes in bicarbonate, almost all the pesticide was neutralized.
- Take the Relaxator apart from time to time and clean it with a cotton swab. To disassemble the Relaxator, remove the back cover from the nozzle. Remove the membrane and the holder (“the wagon wheel”) by inserting a standard food knife through the nozzle and poke out the membrane. NOTE! Usually, it is possible to keep the Relaxator clean without taking it apart.