Most people assume that because breathing is something we do automatically, we naturally do it correctly.
This is not so. Most of us breathe into our upper chest, something called ‘paradoxical’ breathing.
Correct breathing is ‘abdominal’ breathing, using the diaphragm to bring air into the lower parts of the lungs.
To learn how to perform this, lie on your back with knees bent. Place your hands on top of each other over your belly button. As you breathe in, allow air to enter your lower lung fields. Your belly should rise up first and higher than your chest. As you breathe out relax the stomach muscles and repeat the exercise.
Performing this exercise can help relieve discomfort in the upper and lower back, and neck.
“Eliminate something superfluous from your life. Break a habit. Do something that makes you feel insecure. Carry out an action with complete attention and intensity as if it were your last.” Pierro Ferrucci
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