Sharing breathing strategies to improve ones health has been my priority right from the beginning of my acupuncture career. I originally shared Qi gong and tai chi breathing followed by yogic breathing techniques to eventually simple abdominal breathing and now advancing to specific methods of regulating the carbon dioxide build up. All these methods have the intention of allowing people to practice mindfully breathing in and breathing out.
I recently attended a World Surfers League (WSL) weekend course on dynamic neuromuscular system (DNS). DNS focuses on treating high profile sports athletes. Treating athletes involves treating and preventing any injuries so their bodies can endure the extreme efforts of training to enable them to have a longer career.
This particular system is based of the first 12 months of a babies development. The first 12 months of movement of a baby are crucial to the way we breathe as adults. If one does not naturally develop the muscles strength, DNS recognises that our breathing becomes compromised. Most babies will be put into high chairs before the baby has developed its stability of muscles to organically sit themselves up. Similarly to other animals, humans have the natural developing process of muscles, stability and cognitive skills.
Unfortunately the simple misunderstanding that many parents have of helping to speed up their children’s ability to walk or sit when their babies are still developing stabilising muscles may be the fastest way to inhibit the child’s breathing. This as a result compromises the central nervous system function and increases the sympathetic response of the nervous system to be raised which can lead to greater levels of anxieties, fears, claustrophobia, O.C.D and learning difficulties.
So what’s the solution?
It’s important for one to learn how to breathe using their diaphragm effortlessly while sitting and while laying down. The next step is utilise diaphragmatic breathing with movement. (this is the tricky part as certain muscles will be stiff or tense which will generally be the main reason for compromised breathing.)
If you simply start by paying attention to your breathing everything should be ok right?
Yes, but is very rare to see people utilise their diaphragm and breathe effectively and more common to see poor posture such as as a hunched back, tight neck and shoulders, scoliosis, tight hip flexor or low back pain. These weaknesses will all affect ones ability to utilise their diaphragm effectively.
If you are experiencing pain, tightness or emotional imbalance or to simply learn more about the importance of breathing properly book in a consultation with Jonathan.
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Article by Jonathan Yang