The problem with Belly Breathing

The problem with Belly Breathing -

A woman yoga exercise on the floor, lying in Shavasana, resting after breathing.

The idea of putting air in our belly is flat out wrong. I know that sounds terrible, but let me show you why it will only escalate your current aches and pains. 

The problem occurs when we already have restrictions in other areas of our body, which we all do. By putting air into our belly and expanding our abdomen we are causing forward expansion (which is natural) and facilitating MORE postural adaptations. In fact, ALL of our core muscles are compromised when we belly breathe. 

A balanced body is strong and able to perform movements and pain free activities. When you body lacks a strong infrastructure, your joints will slip around and then you become less supported. This can lead to joint pain, muscle tightness, decreased flexibility and joint inflammation. 

These deviations can be observed as postural deviations. For example, a head tilt, elevated shoulder, wide stance, or arched back may all give you information on how your “foundation” is holding your body.

By adding a good foundation to my body by completing core exercises will make my core strong, right?

The problem is then in the definition of “strong core.” Let’s change your perspective a little…

A “strong core” may actually be part of the problem. Instead, try to reframe it as a “smart core.”

A smart core is the ability to coordinate and synchronize your breathing with movement and when at rest.

When a person is struggling with several deviations, we almost always start at the core…and when I say core, I mean the diaphragm.

The true core

The true core is more than just ab muscles. It is a cylinder within your abdominal cavity. It is comprised up of the diaphragm (top), pelvic floor (bottom), spine (back) and ab muscles (front). All of these “sides” work together to safely protect your organs and any part of your core. When weakness, tightness or injury occurs to any or all of these components, this is when we into trouble. Poor recruitment of muscles, change our bony posture alignment and ultimately alter our breathing.

Position DOES matter

Retraining the body to move begins with what I call “reset” postures. It allows our brain to begin to gain knowledge in the area of our body that we have neglected and have altered for various reasons.

A solid core is made up of pressure

Coordinating the breath with the respiratory diaphragm (which lives up under the ribcage) and your pelvic floor is how you avoid “bottoming out” or compromising your ab wall or lower back.

Increasing awareness into her “smart core”

Dr. Deanna Elliott, DPT focuses on improving your body’s natural asymmetries to change your pain and help you gain control. Click below for more information.

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