These 4 mind-body techniques can relieve chronic pain without medication.
5 of 5 | Soft Belly Breathing
Gordon also recommends soft belly breathing, which he has been using on himself and
his patients for more than 40 years. In fact, one of his patients was able to undergo a surgical biopsy using soft belly breathing
and forgoing anesthesia—not that Gordon recommended it. “She went into a very deep state of relaxation and was able to not experience the pain,” says Gordon. “People
have different capacities, but all of us can use these techniques to reduce pain.”
1. Sit in a comfortable chair surrounded by things you find peaceful.
2. Close your eyes.
3. Breathe in slowly through your nose, silently saying the word “soft” as you allow your belly to expand.
4. Breathe out slowly through your mouth, silently saying the word “belly.” Relax on the exhale.
5. Bring your attention to the image and feeling of your belly as soft.
6. Do this for 5–10 minutes, once or twice a day or as often as needed.