Deep breathing : Proper breathing is slow, deep and rhythmic and involves inhalation and exhalation through the nose. Deep means that the initial movement is from the abdomen and from the lower ribs. With the Complete Breath the movement starts in the low abdomen due to contraction of the diaphragm and on the sides of the body then moves up to the chest. To check your breathing , put one hand on your low abdomen and one on your chest and take a deep breath. What do you notice? If your chest rises up first you are probably using your neck muscles to breathe , not your diaphragm. Another way to check your breathing is to put your hands on your side, just below the chest. When you inhale your hands should move away from the body. Incorrect breathing contributes to neck and shoulder tension, shortness of breath , digestive concerns , gastric reflux and heart burn and a host of other health concerns.
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