Breath is Life. The diaphragm is the prime mover for inhalation and exhalation. It is a thin half-dome shaped muscle that separates the thoracic abdominal cavities. Contracting the diaphragm expands the chest, creating a negative inspiratory pressure in the thorax, and drawing air into the lungs through the trachea. Contracting the diaphragm also gently massages the abdominal organs.
We have conscious breath and unconscious breath. The sympathetic nervous system is when the body does not have to think about the process of breathing, it is an automatic response. In today’s highly stress filled lives which we live the breath in usually taken high in our chest, which then signals to the adrenals that the body is in danger so the body creates adrenaline in response to the stress the body is feeling. We are unaware of the diaphragm, unless we consciously think about its function in this state.
But what we need to consider in our daily lives today is our parasympathetic nervous system. This is about conscious breath including diaphragmatic breathing, possibly the most rewarding thing you can do for your health and wellbeing.
In our daily lives, the stress that we put on our adrenal glands is massive and the only true way to calm down the adrenals is to take conscious breath and take the control back.
So what is diaphragmatic breathing? I like to think of it as a calm quite feeling that we draw into our bodies through thoughts and awareness.
Try just closing your eyes and breath in and out of your nose, this can be done lying down or when you get experienced, you can practice this anywhere, anytime. Place one hand on your tummy and the other on the outside of your ribs, take a breath deep into your abdominals allowing your tummy to rise and your rib cage to expand out, like the handles of a basket, then on your exhale allow a hollowing of your tummy.
You will experience a sense of calm that only this type of breathing can bring to you. It is the only true way to return your adrenals to a relaxed state so they can get on with their other jobs, such as regulating hormones, metabolism, immune system, thyroid function, and gut function
Once you begin to practice deep breathing regularly, you will experience a heightened feeling of wellbeing, improved mood and physical energy.
Nothing to lose and everything to gain.