Shallow vs Deep Breathing!
Pause! Take a deep breath!
How does it feel? Where do you feel your breath?
In your chest? In your shoulders?
If it is challenging for you to feel your breath, you can do it standing in front of the mirror.
Can you see what parts of your body are moving? Does it take a lot of effort to take a deep breath?
Can you take five deep breaths?
How do you feel afterwards?
Dizzy? Light-hearted? Yawning? Tired?
Perhaps, I have asked too many questions? You might be the person who does not even pay attention to your breath! That is right! Why? Breathing is involuntary! We do not have to think about it. We are breathing, we are living!
I bet you are more in tune to your experiencing some pains and aches in your neck, shoulder and jaw?
Yes, it could be due to your lifestyle – too much computer work? It could be due to the “office” posture?
If you did not before, perhaps, you will know from this article that it could also be due to your constant shallow breathing?
When you did your test described above, did you notice your shoulders moving up, chest rising as you were inhaling and shoulders and chest quickly dropping down as you were exhaling? Congratulations! You’ve won a prize for a shallow breathing pattern! Who knew? Are you totally surprised?
Yes, I can hear your question: “If this is the shallow breathing pattern, what is the deep breathing pattern?” Thank you for asking! So happy you took the time to read the article to evoke your curiosity.
The deep breath does not rely on accessory breathing muscles much. The deep breath is 360 degree around and takes place around the lower ribs where the respiratory diaphragm is located roughly speaking. The diaphragm has an umbrella-like shape that lives in the rib cage that is shaped in a way to accommodate an umbrella-like shaped diaphragm.
Now, take a test for a deep breath! Ready? Curious?
Place your hands around the sides of your lower ribs so your fingers are in front of the ribs, your thumb is in the back and your palms are on the sides. Inhale and feel the movement in front, back and side.
Can you feel it in all three direction?
Is it challenging to the feel the movement in the back? Sides?
Do not worry! You are not the only one who has been disconnected with deep breathing! It is not very intuitive for many people. Why? Of course, there are many reasons.
Shallow breathing is very much chest breathing. It is a breath of stress. On average, we take about 26,000 breaths a day! WOW! If this is the only breath our system knows and it never switches off, then no wonder your shoulders, neck and jaw constantly feel overworked. I often hear from my clients: “I have been stretching my neck every day but it still bothers me!” Now you have another area to troubleshoot – your breath! When we breathe in a shallow way, the body remains in the cyclical state of stress – our stress is causing shallow breathing, and shallow breathing is causing stress.
In this. video I also explain how shallow breathing could affect your core weakening and incontinence or pee when you sneeze, walk or jump. I provide you with lots of props that will help you connect with your breathing strategy.