Humming for Relaxation

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November 15th, 2021

By: Eileen Yager, MD

Humming is a relaxing technique because it is done on the exhalation, which stimulates the vagus nerve, part of the parasympathetic nervous system which helps relax and rest, among other things. At home, hum a favorite quiet song for 5-10 minutes, breathing in through the nose and humming on the out-breath. A variation of humming is to hum one note during the outbreath until it’s gone, and repeat this several times. Drop your shoulders as you breathe/hum out. Use the same note. This is what we’ll do today with Dr. Eileen Yager.

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I am Dr. Eileen Yager, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. I run the Integrative Pain Management Clinic at Children’s Hospital Colorado for kids mostly with chronic pain. In 1990 I was on the founding faculty of the UCLA Pediatric Pain Center, and Dr. Lonnie Zeltzer was my boss then!