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Breathing for your health

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Recently I was on the receiving end of an accident, (not car), where my intercostal muscles have been severely strained and bruised. I have been reading and practicing breathing techniques for many years and thought how pertinent to write on the subject now. We take our first breath when we are born and from that moment on, it is totally automatic. During our life, accidents, ailments, illnesses, anxiety, sadness, elated emotions can change that, however let’s talk in general first. We never truly have to think about our breathing. We wake each day and the breathing continues but more importantly it continues in our sleep state. It’s sad to think that the first thought when one wakes up is what is happening on their phone, not that their diaphragm is working. The rhythm of our breathing at night changes, depending on our sleeping position, back, front, side or nasal obstruction which may cause snoring or other breathing concerns, such as sleep apnea.

We wake each day and we don’t think about it. Our breathing will change during the day depending on our activity. Exercise potentially increases our breathing pattern, along with anxiety, shock, anger, laughing, fear, sadness, delight to name but a few changes in breathing habits. However, we rarely think about how it changes, when in that state or how and when does it change back to its normal rhythms. The majority of people don’t think about the action of breathing until something happens. So let’s go over what the body is doing for each inhalation and exhalation. When you breathe in, or inhale, your diaphragm contracts and moves downward. This increases the space in your chest cavity, and your lungs expand into it. The muscles between your ribs also help enlarge the chest cavity. They contract to pull your rib cage both upward and outward when you inhale. As your lungs expand, air is sucked in through your nose or mouth. The air travels down your windpipe and into your lungs. After passing through your bronchial tubes, the air travels to the alveoli, or air sacs.

The lungs bring oxygen into the body when breathing in and send carbon dioxide out of the body when breathing out. Carbon dioxide is a waste gas produced by the cells of the body. The process of breathing in is called inhalation. The process of breathing out is called exhalation. During this process, the chest wall expands out and away from the lungs. … Upon exhalation, the lungs recoil to force the air out of the lungs. The intercostal muscles relax, returning the chest wall to its original position. During exhalation, the diaphragm also relaxes, moving higher into the thoracic cavity. There are many names for the process of breathing or what it may be in this invisible form from different cultures around the world. The breath may be referred to as Prana in Sanskrit text, Ruah from the Hebrew and Pneuma from Greek which means breath or spirit in their translation. Chinese call the energy of life itself, Qi or Ki. The very breath of life that flows through everyone. In this extremely busy manmade life of ours people are getting even more shallow with their breathing.


Source: Expat Life Thailand

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