Relaxation Strategies: Flower and Candle Breathing practise

In this short blog, Sarah Good a Canadian-based Occupational Therapist, shares a relaxation strategy she has found helpful during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During these times, it is vital to engage in practices which help to calm and regulate our nervous system.  I would like to invite you to try a practice that I call ‘Flower and Candle Breathing’

It is one that can be easily shared with children and can be practiced for any amount of time.  

If you would like to see a video or be able to practice along with my verbal cues, please follow this link.

The video is about 3 minutes long.

To do this simple practice, imagine that you have a flower in one hand and a small candle in the other. 

As you inhale, bring the hand with the (imagined) flower up to your nose and inhale deeply. 

As you exhale, bring the hand with the (imagined) candle up to your mouth and exhale slowly. 

Repeat these movements for several breaths while gently moving your hands.

Author: Sarah Good

Bio: Sarah Good is based out of Ottawa, Ontario. She is the Founder of Sarah Good Occupational Therapy, where she supports people living with chronic pain, women’s health issues, or mood disorders in becoming more active and living their lives more fully.  To receive regular tips, please join her mailing list.


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