Human beings have oxygen-hungry brains and bodies. We can live for days without food or water, but only minutes without taking a breath.
Many adults have developed patterns of breathing that negatively impact the ideal balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the body. This imbalance can lead to symptoms ranging from pain to mental sluggishness or organ dysfunction.
Stress, poor posture, pain, snug clothes, and habit are just some of the reasons that keep us from breathing deeply. We wind up using our chest muscles (shallow breathing) instead of our abdomen to breathe deeply.
Diaphragmatic breathing, also called belly or abdominal breathing, is deep breathing that engages the diaphragm, a dome-shaped muscle at the bottom of the lungs just below the ribcage, and the most important muscle for breathing. Using this spring-loaded trampoline of a muscle, we take air in and exhale out deeply, efficiently and almost effortlessly.
The goal should be to breathe from your diaphragm all of the time.
The Feldenkrais Method®, Yoga and Pilates Method all offer simple, easy solutions to help you improve the way you breathe.
Call 310.475.6038 today to schedule an appointment with one of our staff Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioners® or Certified Yoga and Pilates Instructors for assistance with improving the way you breathe.
15 Reasons to Improve the Way You Breathe
Decrease stress and anxiety. Help to detoxify the body. Relieve pain. Strengthen core muscles. Improve posture. Stimulate the lymphatic system. Increase circulation. Lower blood pressure. Improve quality of sleep. Increase cardiovascular capacity. Increase pulmonary capacity. Strengthen the major organs of the body. Improve digestion. Increase energy and stamina. Promote healing.