Yes, we automatically breath. However, we don't always breathe efficiently. Even though there is not an on or off switch for best breath practices, there is a dial. It is advantageous for our health to use the dial, to alter the amount of gas exchange, muscle response, and airflow to all areas of our lungs.
Think of a breath starting with a full exhale, getting all the stale air out. The respiratory diaphragm is moving back to its resting state. The inhale, ideally through the nasal passage, allows the diaphragm muscle to contract and move downward. Of course the lungs are playing their part as they balance many gases necessary for our body to thrive. The pressure changes are very important to the bones of the body.
Karla offers breath coaching sessions both virtually and live. Posture coaching and somatic (movement) integration are always included to produce the best results for the client.
Her videos serve as good reminders of how and when to practice breath efficiency. She calls these "Red Light Reminders" because the traffic light is an idle place in a busy day to at least pause and be aware of the importance of full exhales and nasal inhales.
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What happens over time, life stressors, and postural asymmetries is that the recoil of the hemi-diaphragm lessens. There is a cranial nerve that is activated when the diaphragm goes through its full range. This nerve, called the vagus nerve, is essential to all systems of our body especially the nervous system. So, if the vagus nerve is unable to engage the part of the nervous system that is in charge of calm functions of the body then the body is existing in the opposite nervous system mode more often: fight or flight, faint or freeze.
Musculoskeletal shifts also take place when our hemi-diaphragm muscle is not able to do its full job. There are muscles attached to the diaphragm that are also attached to muscles that affect our back and hip joints. Since the body is a kinetic chain, we cannot get away from other structural effects upstream and downstream. The good news is re-learning the best breath patterns is so worth it. The body and brain connection is quite amazing and with a little bit of effort and dialed-in breathing so many positive effects for many body systems will be felt.