The Below Zero Method utilizes two breathing techniques: Connected Breathing and Transformational Breathing. These techniques act on your active and passive nervous system. By consciously practicing these techniques, you can bring both parts of your nervous system back into balance.
Whereas Transformational Breathing constantly switches between action and inaction, Connected Breathing comprises long stretches of action, followed by long periods of rest and release. This breathing exercise will help you to rebalance your autonomous nervous system and your hormonal response. Both breathing techniques have an alkalizing (pH raising) effect on your blood, which acts as a trigger for many hormonal processes.
Transformational Breathing is about alternating between deep breathing and holding your breath. This is an ideal way to train your nervous system against stress. Deep breathing stimulates your sympathetic (active) nervous system, while breath holding affects your parasympathetic (resting) nervous system. This breathing exercise also has a profound effect on your physiology by stimulating your hormonal response. It activates your immune system, brings it into balance and at the same time trains your circulatory system.
Connected Breathing is all about constant breathing. This technique brings you closer to your emotions and can help you break long-held patterns or entrenched behaviors. This breathing technique deacidifies your body and gives you access to your subconscious—the part of your brain where emotions and traumas are stored. This breathing exercise can also diminish fears and strengthen your intuitive abilities.