Mon March 23, 2015
Breathing is something we all take for granted. We never give breathing a second thought… Hopefully, after reading this everyone will look at breathing differently and really start working on making the way you breathe work better for you.
Oxygen is needed in our bodies to help repair tissue and keep our cells healthy so they may do their various jobs. Therefore, the more oxygen we can bring into our bodies the healthier we can be.
There are varying breathing techniques out there. I prefer DECOMPRESSION BREATHING. TThis technique is simple to learn yet take some practice to master. This is a very muscular form of deep breathing. A lot of back muscles will awake…core muscles are firing…and the lungs and diaphragm will learn to pull in larger amounts of healing oxygen…sending it thru the blood stream into tissue and the cells.
Start by relaxing the body(I prefer to stand). Center your body ove your heels, retract the shoulder blades which opens the chest area and gentle draw the navel towards the back of your spine. Breathe in thru your nose raising the ribcage and maintaing your posture. Do this a few times feeling the ribcage rise, the tension in the abdominal area and the muscles in your back.
Once you are comfortable with that lets take it up a notch.
Get into posture, breathe in thru the nose lifting the ribcage and drawing navel back towards the spine. Now, as you go to exhale maintain the lifting and pulling in. FEEL THAT! The muscles attached to that ribcage are really working to lift and stay up while you exhale…you should feel tension. The better you get at this the tension will subside. The muscles in the abdomen are really working as the pull in and stay there while you breathe out. Again, you will feel some tension in the body. The lungs and diaphragm are really working trying to pull in more and more air with each breath. The diaphragm works with the core muscles while breathing…this is how we were breathing as a baby.
Practice DECOMPRESSION BREATHING!
You will breathe easier, lengthing you spine, have stronger back/core muscles, bring more healing oxygen into your lungs, blood stream, tissue and cells. You will decrease tension in the musculature and you will just plain feel better.
Have a great day!