Abdominal Breathing vs. Upper Chest Breathing

Your breathing pattern is learned, and you continue to breathe as you do out of habit. There are two breathing styles and each sends a different message to the brain.

Abdominal or Diaphragmatic Breathing

Stimulates Relaxation Response

Breathing is slow, deep and efficient. It encourages relaxation and calm thinking. It sends messages to the body function calmly and efficiently. It allows the body to repair and maintain. The immune system stays active and heals faster.

Upper Chest Breathing

Stimulates the Fight or Flight Response.

Breathing is rapid and shallow. It encourages panicky thoughts and nervousness. It sends a message to the brain of trouble or alarm and to conserve energy for attack. It does not allow the body to repair, build or maintain. The immune system becomes depressed and healing is slower.

Give It a Try

Abdominal breathing is easy to learn and effortless to do.  It takes approximately ONE MONTH OF DAILY PRACTICE and frequent use to convert to the abdominal breathing pattern.

  1. Release all the air from your lungs. Then release any remaining air that you have been holding back.
  2. Slowly allow the area just below the waistline to push out and allow the air to come in automatically and effortlessly through the nose until the lungs are full.
  3. Release the built up fullness in the abdominal area allowing it to move inward. Muscle relaxation and elastic tissue action will now automatically and effortlessly release the air form your lungs.
  4. Repeat steps two and three for the remainder of your life!

That’s all there is to it!


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