BREATHING IS EXERCISE

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!

MOVEMENT MATTERS,

STEVEY

WE SHOULD BE BREATHING BETTER

Mon 2/16/15:
If you have shortness of breath, fatigue easily just going for a short walk, or have back pain…practice DECOMPRESSION BREATHING.
Most adults spend the day doing very shallow breathing. I know, it’s something we just do not think about. Now, that I have brought it to your attention…
Oxygen, is the most healing element available. All of us have access to it, yet we do not make the most of it. Oxygen heals!
Oxygen heals injured tissue, oxygen goes to every cell in our body in order to replenish, so those cells can do their respective jobs. Oxygen, helps us deal with stressful situations. Oxygen helps our immune system fight bad bacteria in our body. Oxygen just makes us feel better. Just going outside and taking a big deep breath “feels good”!
Why don’t we spend more time breathing better? I guess the same reason we don’t exercise or eat a better diet…we just don’t.
Let’s see if we can change that starting today.

DECOMPRESSION BREATHING

Stand nice and tall…weight back over the heels, navel gently pulled back towards the spine, shoulder blades gently pulled down and together with the chest opened up, chin tucked to chest(to elongate the neck).

Breathe in thru the nose raising the ribcage…as you let the air out thru the mouth try to maintain the elevation of the ribcage. Try it again.

Get into posture…weight over heels, navel gently in, open chest with shoulder blades down and together, chin tucked towards chest….
Breathe in thru the nose, elevating chest and keeping the posture…let the air out thru the mouth while maintaining the ribcage elevation and the posture.

This exercise will take practice…lots of practice…and you will be greatly rewarded with the benefits oxygen provide.

Please visit you tube or Foundation Training.com to see video’s of decompression breathing and other exercise.

Learn to master this technique. It comes in handy when back muscles tighten up, kids get on your nerves, you have a deadline to meet or you just need to take a 5 minute break and regroup.