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Weekly Video - Practice Breathing

How To Breathe!

Sounds daft, doesn't it?  We all breathe, it is pretty essential!  But how often do you focus on your breathing? 

How often do you take a really good lung full of air?  My guess would be not often as the tendency is to breathe in short, shallow breaths.  Breathing, and getting a good breath is important in a number of ways and when exercising it should be possible to get a good fill of air in any body position, without restriction.  Deep breathing can also help relieve stress as well as helping the brain to let go of pain or discomfort.  It can help us better connect with our bodies, in movement and in relaxation.

Deep breathing also helps exercise a few muscles important in helping us breathe, the diaphragm and intercostal muscles found between the ribs which assist the diaphragm.

Posture can also impact the way we breathe and particularly with the closed-in postures we adopt when sitting.

You'll hear me mentioning breathing in a lot of the videos and with clients, I promote and encourage deep breathing, and holding the breath to create muscular tension which is important in both stability and when lifting heavy things.  I also use conscious breathing to help clients relax into areas of tightness or discomfort when using foam rollers or trigger point massage balls.

I hope you enjoy the video.

If you have any questions or would like to talk about personal training, movement coaching or how to move away from pain feel free to give me a call.

Take care,

Andrew