Couples Therapy Breathing Exercise Worksheet

Video & audio overview of the worksheet

What is the theory behind the worksheet?

Breath is a powerful component that is often forgotten. Syncing breath with your partner can increase feelings of safety and happiness and decrease pain. Building on this foundation, creating time and physical connection to dedicate to attuning yourselves to breathing as a couple will develop a healthy relationship.

When you feel safe with a partner you are able to build trust with them. Trust is a foundational element in a relationship and requires effort and time to be dedicated to building and maintaining it.

How will the worksheet help?

This worksheet offers a simple breathing exercise that a couple can engage in to build connection and attunement. This exercise can easily be incorporated into a weekly routine.

Using exercises like this one develops a couple’s connection and opens opportunities for further intimacy and understanding.

How to use the worksheet?

Decide on a time and place where you will not be disturbed. If you want you can make this quite special and light a candle, burn some incense, or close the curtains. Setting the scene for a dedicated connection can be helpful and can be repeated each time you want to do this exercise.

Follow the instructions on the worksheet – relax and don’t be discouraged if you find it strange or difficult in the beginning. Trust yourself, each other, and the process.

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University of Colorado. (2017). When Lovers Touch Their Breathing, Heartbeats Syncy, Pain Wanes, Study Shows.