Why is breathing well important?*When you breathe deeply you are less likely to recruit secondary respiratory muscles in the neck and collarbone that can cause neck & shoulder pain. *The diaphragm attaches to the lower back, breathing deeply promotes circulation to the lower back, decreasing lower back pain.
*Deep breathing supports the parasympathetic system telling your body to feel calm, whereas short, shallow chest breathing adds to over reactive adrenals & stress response.
Test YOUR breathing:* Place one hand on your chest & the other on your navel.* Take a breathe* If the fingers of your lower hand don't move, you've got potential to breathe deeper!
HOW to breath:
1. Forget about keeping your belly flat!
2. Place your hands side by side on your abdomen, fingertips meeting just below your navel.
3. Take a long, deep breathe in through your nose, filling your lungs, all the way down to your belly, causing your fingers rise with the inhalation, then filling up through your chest.
4. Exhale through your nose, feeling your hands lower with the breathe moving out
5. Repeat and feel yourself de-stress and calm
What a great trick to know! Try breathing deeply when you have to sit for long periods of time on a flight or watching your child's sporting event. Let us know if breathing deeply improves the way you feel!