BreatheUsing proper breath work to reduce stress.
What we do
Symmetry Recovery Class
Our main class at Symmetry will combine breath work with ice bath and sauna contrast therapy. If you consider yourself a Type-A person, chances are between stressful work environments, hitting it hard at the gym and the day-to-day stressors of life, you’ve got very little time built in to down-regulate and really allow your body and mind to relax and recover. If you feel this way, this class is perfect for you. The class will be approximately one hour long and will teach you how to utilize the breath in every day life to respond instead of react to stressful situations. You will bond with other like-minded individuals and achieve some of the best sleep of your life by incorporating our techniques. Learn more on the benefits of contrast therapy.
Performance Breathing Class
This class will provide you with:
- Exploratory breath work that combines multiple techniques and philosophies to reveal the power of using only your breath to change your mental and physical state.
- Basic understanding of the physiology and mechanics of breathing and its effect on health.
- Techniques that you can utilize outside of the class to center yourself for the day ahead.
- Techniques to control your emotional response to stress
- How to use breath work to prepare for and recover from workouts
- Using breath work to improve sleep
- Breath protocols to increase aerobic capacity for athletic events and training.
- More information on the benefits of breath work
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Our pool workouts utilize XPT training modalities and involve the use dumbbells in the water. The workouts are great for recovery days due to low impact on the joints but also help to improve aerobic conditioning. They will push you out of your comfort zone as you challenge yourself in a new environment. Our pool workouts are another chance to learn how to use your breath to control your mental state while also improving your breath mechanics. This is a great way to train in nature and get out of the gym. For more information on our pool workouts, please contact us.
1 on 1 Private Consultation
While our classes can start you on the path to changing your relationship with stress, our private consultations provide you with the opportunity for you to work with a specialist to create an individualized program based on your needs and experience. As part of the consultation, we will assess your breathing patterns and mechanics, test your CO2 tolerance, and create a program for your specific needs and goal, whether that is sports performance, stress management, or overall health. Please contact us for a free consultation.
Mobile Exposure Unit
At Symmetry, we have the only mobile barrel sauna in the southeast. We can come to your gym, home, or business to provide Symmetry’s Recovery Class. If you’re interested in booking a session, please contact us.
Benefits of Symmetry’s Breath Work & Contrast Therapy
We can live for a month without food, a week without water, but only minutes without oxygen.
Benefits of nasal breathing
- Activates the diaphragm and induces a parasympathetic state, kick starting recovery and calming the mind
- Filters and cleans out air
- Helps with mindfulness, concentration, and the ability to control the stress response
- Improves sleep, energy, and health
Benefits of high CO2 tolerance
- CO2 tolerance determines how well our bodies absorb and use O2
- Your body doesn’t have to work as hard during physical activity because oxygen use is more efficient
- Fewer free radicals are produced reducing inflammation
- Can improve VO2 max
- Helps with anxiety
Problems with over-breathing, mouth breathing, and dysfunctional breathing
- Leads to anxiety, asthma, fatigue, insomnia and poor sleep, cardiovascular issues, headaches, allergies, and dry mouth.
- Causes narrowing of airways and limits the bodies ability to oxygenate properly
- Limits sports performance
- Poor movement mechanics
In today’s society, few people focus on the one keystone habit that can benefit all aspects of life – the breath. Proper breathing is performed through the nose. It begins with the belly (diaphragm) and is quiet, calm, and generally undetectable.
Exposure to extreme heat and cold provides a stress to the mind and body that allows us to become more resilient.
Benefits of cold exposure
- Learning to control the mind and stress response in the ice transcends into other aspects of life and increases mental resiliency
- Habitual exposure to cold induces a positive immune system response
- Improved feeling of recovery and well-being
- Cold immersion invokes the sympathetic nervous system and a strong parasympathetic response, improving cardiovascular health along with muscular and nervous system recovery
Benefits of heat exposure
- Can increase testosterone, growth hormone and decrease cortisol
- Recent studies on heat exposure show promising benefits for the treatment of obesity and diabetes with just 15 minutes of exposure at 200 degrees Fahrenheit 3 times a week
- Heat exposure can lower the sweat rate allowing the body to cool more efficiently
Benefits of cold and heat contrast therapy
- Removal of metabolic waste products, blood lactate, and markers of muscle damage likely due to repeated vasoconstriction and vasodilation
- Enhances 24 hour post workout perceptions of fatigue
- Improves adherence to extreme hot and cold protocols
Immersion in cold water creates the ultimate fight or flight response. At that moment, you make the decision of either jumping out and running away from a perceived threat or calming the mind with slow diaphragmatic nasal breaths and working through the discomfort. When you master the cold, you realize you have control over your reactions. This feeling is powerful as you go about your daily life.