Breathing is a favourite thing of mine. Assisting people to breathe more freely is probably second on my list and high on my clients lists of favourites too.
Think about the last time you received a fright or were tense, what did you? Hold your breath? Tense up ready for flight, fight, or faint. Normally sometime after the threat passes the muscles relax and return to their comfortable resting state. At times they don’t or only partially release. This unreleased state becomes the new ‘normal’ and can restrict your breathing. Sedentary lifestyles can have a similar effect.
Mechanics of breathing
The short video above demonstrates what a lot us do incorrectly while breathing. The reasons we do this can be habit, fright, or environmental issues, but the effect can go way beyond oxygenating the blood
Office worker syndrome
Many of you who work in offices would be familiar with work induced tension in the upper body where prolonged stress can cause the chest muscles to tighten, shoulders hunch, and upper back and neck to tense up and remain so, even after a night’s sleep. These chest, neck and back muscles can also affect your breathing if the muscles are in a hypertonic (taught) state, effectively reducing the volume the lungs can expand into, and also resisting the expansion.
The muscles of the stomach and core also resist expansion when taught, resisting expansion of the lungs. The organs of the gut also need room to function properly and belly breathing assists with this. As if being able to draw in more breath wasn’t enough, belly breathing gives our organs space to move about, increasing blood and other fluid flow. Belly breathing is a self applied internal massage of sorts.
Make breathing favourite thing.
Techniques Emmett Therapists use (some are taught in the EMM-TECH course) can assist you to breathe better and will bring some wonderful secondary benefits.
So do you suffer from neck or shoulder pain that appears to have no cause? Is your gut a bit lazy? Perhaps your breathing needs a little tune up.
As mentioned earlier fright or panic can cause our breath to shorten. In the video below Ross Emmett demonstrates one of his techniques for calming the farm. It is not as complicated as it looks and can be self-applied. If you’d like a walk through of this vide or have a chat about how I can help your breathing, then book a free 15 minute consultation through this booking link