How we breathe - often incomplete and cramped

"The internist's herb and the surgeon's knife heal from the outside, the breath heals from the inside." (Paracelsus). Breathing happens unconsciously, and that's why many people breathe incompletely and cramped. To breathe properly means to let the breathing air flow into the abdomen and pelvis without effort. So the breath flows through the whole body, mental and physical tension can dissolve. For asthmatics, proper breathing is vital.

Simple breathing exercise

You breathe slowly through your nose. Breathe through your nose just as slowly. Slowly think of a two-syllable word like "rest". Repeat this exercise and pay attention to where your breath flows, whether in the abdomen or higher in the chest.

Respiratory therapists recommend abdominal breathing: When inhaled, the diaphragm should contract and move downwards. The abdominal wall should bulge forward. This creates a pull in the chest. As a result, the lungs unfold, you breathe in. In chest breathing, the ribs are pulled up and away from each other. As a result, the chest area increases and there is again negative pressure, which leads to inhalation.

Exhaling relaxes the diaphragm. This blows used air out of the lungs. A contraction of the ribs supports this process. But whether due to lack of exercise or wrong posture - many people breathe too much in the chest. Breast breathing widens the ribcage, but the diaphragm hardly moves.

500 liters of oxygen daily

The blood circulation supplies the organism with everything that one needs to live. Breathing brings the oxygen into the blood: 500 liters per day, which are transported to the cells with the blood. Calm breathing prevents blockages caused by strong emotions and increased tension.

But under stress, however, man automatically breathes flat and squeezed. Thus, only about 7 to 10 liters of air through the bloodstream to the organs. With a targeted abdominal breathing you can absorb up to 75 liters of air and thus take positive influence on the body and psyche through the conscious control of breathing.

Respiratory therapy for diseases

Respiratory therapy is becoming increasingly important in medicine. It primarily relieves chronic diseases such as bronchitis or emphysema, indigestion, cardiovascular diseases, depression and anxiety. It has been proven that correct breathing improves blood circulation and thus optimizes the oxygenation of the whole organism.

Especially asthmatics train breathing in a specific posture - the coachman's seat. Here are the legs are slightly spread, the feet are completely on the ground, the upper body is slightly bent forward, the forearms are supported on the thighs. Thus, the chest is relieved of the weight of the shoulder girdle, you can breathe more deeply.

About the so-called lip brake, a special breathing technique, the bronchi are relaxed. You breathe normally through your nose and slowly through your mouth. When you exhale, the lips are slightly compressed as if you were exhaling against resistance. This prolongs the exhalation phase, which relaxes the bronchi.

Find the breathing rhythm

To train the respiratory rhythm is trained by breathing in through the nose into the abdomen and exhaling about twice as long. Exhaling brings the real relaxation. Do not hold your breath after inhaling, but exhale. Only then take a short respite until the body demands air again. Now take a deep breath automatically. Watch your breathing.

Like most humans, you will probably sink a little while exhaling, but this will inhibit the flow of energy. On the contrary, exhaling should set you up. Inhaling helps to assemble. Because when inhaling, you receive something: you allow something. The exhale is active: you are doing something.

breath breathing

Try the breath breathing. This will give you a deep and quiet breathing rhythm. Puff slowly into the palm of your hand as if you wanted to moisten it. Now inhale again through the nose. Repeat this exercise until your hand has become quite warm.

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