We breathe in and out about 26,000 times a day. The breath affects our body into the smallest cells, supplies the organism with oxygen and discards it from metabolic waste such as carbon dioxide.Holistic Respiratory Therapy.
It activates our muscles and the circulation. Breathing also has an effect on the mental and emotional level.
Breathing describes the process by which the air flows through the mouth or through the nose into the body. In general parlance is understood the lung activity.
With every breath about half a liter of air flows through the bronchi into the lungs. The alveoli are surrounded by a fine network of blood vessels that release carbon dioxide into the air and absorb oxygen. On the bloodstream, oxygen enters the tissues and organs of the body.
An adult in a hibernate breathes an average of 18 times a minute that is around 26,000 times a day. Most of the breaths go away involuntarily. It sometimes makes sense to breathe consciously.
Breathe deeply, that is the alpha and omega of all medical treatment, because many people hardly breathe properly in a breathless time. Stress and the hectic pace of everyday life often make proper breathing difficult.
Instead of just settling for air, healthy breathing produces a holistic effect on the whole organism.
Change Of The Breathing Pattern
Even the finest of soul impulses can have an effect on a change in the breathing rhythm. In the case of time pressure, mental stress, anger, joy and positive excitement, an invigorating acceleration of the breath occurs, an inhibition in suffering and in worry.
Sad people breathe slowly and heavily and sigh in between. Joyful and happy natures breathe quickly and easily, thoughtful people often forget to breathe for a while.
Consequences Of Wrong Breathing
If there are strains over a longer period of time and these are not sufficiently balanced with sport and relaxation, then improper breathing can disturb the body’s oxygenation. One gets “out of breath”.
Anyone who takes in too shallow and too hasty air and expels them again is breathing badly. Breathing then does not fulfill its task: instead of supplying oxygen to the lungs and blood circulation, only used air is pushed back and forth in the respiratory tract.
This has consequences for the physical and mental well-being. On the other hand, if the breath flows freely through, 70 percent of all toxins can be excreted from the body, which significantly relieves other detoxification organs such as skin, urinary tract and large intestine.
With a wrong breathing also the heart is more heavily loaded, because it must pump more, so that enough oxygen reaches all body regions. Fatigue, tension and lack of concentration can be consequences.
To Experience The Breath
Breath is experienced as a movement process through the breathing movement. The respiratory center registers the levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood and reacts accordingly. It transmits impulses via certain nerves to the diaphragm as the main respiratory muscle and to the respiratory muscles.
Stimulated in this way, the diaphragm lowers and initiates inhalation. Chest and thus the lungs widen, breathing air flows in. As soon as enough oxygen is available in the blood, the diaphragm returns to its original position.
This process usually happens unconsciously. In contrast to all other creatures, we as humans are also able to act consciously, but also to a limited extent on the flow of breath.
In respiratory therapy a distinction is made between the clinical respiratory therapy and the meditative, holistic approach. The clinical respiratory therapy deals with diseases, dysfunctions and training of the lungs and the vocal tract.
Holistic respiratory therapy, on the other hand, is a method of self-exploration and self-exploration. Through breathing, the body is perceived from the inside and addressed in its entirety.
“Experiencing breathing” is about consciously perceiving the breath, tracing it and leaving it to its rhythmic movement. Areas of the body that have so far been removed from conscious perception are being revived. Blockages and tension become clear and can be solved.
Shoulder Breathing Or Clavicle Breathing
In the case of shoulder breathing, which is also called high or stress breathing, the shoulders are pulled up during deep-air-fetching, and when exhaling, they are lowered again. As a result, the neck muscles tense up and presses on the larynx. Shoulder breathing is one of the worst forms of respiration because relatively little air is moved with a lot of energy.
Abdominal Respiration Or Diaphragmatic Respiration
This type of breathing is better than the shoulder breathing and is based on tension of the diaphragm when inhaled, which allows the lungs to expand and relaxes on exhalation, compressing the lungs.
The flank breathing is a mixed form of abdominal breathing and chest breathing. During breathing, the thorax widens laterally to the right and left, expands the lungs on the sides and gives room to the heart.
Combined Diaphragmatic Flank Breathing
This type of breathing is considered the perfect way to breathe. In this case, the chest is stretched to all sides and the diaphragm is used optimally. It guarantees the largest volume of breathing, which is especially important for singers and speakers.
Sit down and consciously inhale and inhale evenly through the nose. The air, in contrast to mouth breathing, flows optimally into the lungs. They thereby promote diaphragmatic breathing. When speaking, be sure to breathe through your nose – not through your mouth.
Recommended is a combination of the three steps: inhale – exhale – respiratory. When inhaling, count up to three and in the rest phase again until three.
Concentrate on the exhale: Suddenly you will feel that the reflex to inhale comes naturally, stimulated by the diaphragm. They discover that the rib cage widens on all sides, not only upwards, but also into the flanks.
Lie supine with your hands on your stomach so that your fingertips touch. Intently inhale into the abdomen and feel it curl up. The fingertips wander slowly apart.
As you exhale, the abdomen flatten and the fingertips meet again. Try to extend the exhalation phase without spending any energy. The rib cage widens on all sides.
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