Shallow Chest Breathing Is Bad
We frequently have a very shallow, disorderly breathing pattern. We often hold our breath for short periods of time without even realizing that it is very bad. This is not just an unconscious protective reaction to pain, but this can actually increase the level of pain and worsen the other problems. We change our breathing mechanism incorrectly into shallow chest breathing mechanism as we grow older. When we are stressed, our bodies operate on the ‘fight or flight’ response to whatever is scaring us. In such situations, we take short sharp breaths to help prepare for the ‘fight’ we will have to face. We use only the top third of our lungs. That causes us to breathe as if we were permanently hyperventilating. This leads to a poor exchange of oxygen and CO2 in the blood. Hyperventilating also increases the heart rate, leading to palpitations and contributes to feelings of anxiety and being out of control. If our lung size can not increase, how do we improve our lung function? Taking slow, deep and conscious breaths with our diaphragm increases the oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange rate and memory capacity much efficiently and solves many problems such as high heart rate, pain, stress, insomnia, dizziness and extreme fatigue, etc. altogether. To find out if you are breathing properly, lie flat on your back, stand up straight, or sit up straight in a chair. Place your hand just below your ribs, on your abdomen. Breathe as you normally do. If your abdomen barely moves and your chest rises, you are not breathing properly and need to practice the slow deep and conscious breathing exercise described below.
How to Take a Slow Deep and Conscious Breath with Our Diaphragm
Taking slow and deep breaths with our diaphragm becomes the first most important functional exercise we have to do consciously every second when we are not sleeping. We all in fact can take slow and deep breaths as soon as we were born. As newly born babies, we naturally breathe through our nose slowly and deeply, fully engaging our diaphragm. Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. (Although you can do this functional exercise while sitting or standing, it is easiest to practice by lying down at first.) Place your hands on your abdomen. Breathe in through your nose for 4 seconds by counting from 1 to four. Your hands should rise as your abdomen fills with air. Hold the breath for 4 seconds by counting from 1 to four. Exhale slowly through your mouth for 4 seconds by counting from 1 to four. Your hands should go down as your abdomen deflates. Practice this exercise for five minutes at a time, at least two or three times a day. Since you have probably been breathing improperly for a long time, it may take awhile to retrain your body to breathe properly without you thinking about it.
Slow Abdominal Breathing exercises are the best functional exercises everybody should practice daily for good health.
As you are practicing slow deep breathing exercise, you should increase the interval from 4 seconds to 8 seconds for inhaling, holding and exhaling. Then, you do only 2, 3 or at most 4 deep abdominal breathing cycles per minute. Some functional exercises such as static stretching, body weight squatting, jogging, qigong and tai chi, etc. all use proper breathing techniques and can be particularly helpful in training your body to breathe correctly.
Max Energy Therapy Emphasizes Slow Deep and Conscious Breathing with Our Diaphragm
In Max Energy Therapy, taking slow and deep breaths with our diaphragm is the first most important functional exercise for all the people regardless of age, gender or race. Abdominal breathing is to stimulate the nine meridians that pass through the abdomen and promote the functions of the organs, especially in the nervous system and the respiratory system. The proper deep breathing exercise helps you when you are young and studying for your examinations and tests. It helps you when you are stressful or sick. It especially helps you when you rehearse singing songs or playing mouth musical instruments for a competition or a performance. It even helps you much more as you are getting older and older in cutting your medical expenses and time off from your productive work or business activities. Finally, the slow abdominal breathing exercises help facilitate the qi energy flow in the body meridian system for good health.
Please follow and like us: