How many diaphragms do you have?
Todays email is a short video about our 3...yes 3 diaphragms and breathing with all of them.
We have the diaphragm muscle under the ribs, the tongue and the pelvic floor which all behave like diaphragms.
The first part of the video is a quick explanation of the 3 diaphragms and how they move when we breathe. At 2:50 we start the breathing exercise - so scroll through to there if you can't be bothered listening to me dribble on!
For some people the tongue doesn't naturally do what it's supposed to do when we breathe so that can be interesting to work with. For others the pelvic floor is difficult to relax due to overactive pelvic floor muscles so this is really important to learn about.
It's also a great way to start to tune into the diaphragm muscle itself to ensure we are breathing fully into the lower lobes of the lungs with good ribcage expansion.
Breathe in front of a mirror...I know that sounds a little weird but it can be really helpful to ensure the shoulders aren't moving up and down excessively. This happens more often that you might think! We want to bring the movement down into the base of the ribs.
Happy diaphragm breathing!
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