How to Breathe

By Jesseny Rojas, Osteopathic Manual Therapist


Did you know that to breathe properly you need to use your diaphragm?  This muscle is located at the base of your rib cage and is the main muscle for breathing.

When you inhale your diaphragm contracts which pushes your abdomen out, so that your lungs can fill with air.

Try this to support the proper mechanics of breathing:  

  1. Sit tall in your chair
  2. Place one hand on your chest and the other hand on your abdomen.
  3. Inhale (breathe in) through your nose and feel your abdomen expand.  (Try to avoid lifting your chest. Use your belly instead).
  4. Slowly exhale (breathe out) through pursed lips. You should feel your abdomen flattening out.
  5. Take long and slow breaths as often as you feel you necessary.

What are the benefits of proper breathing? 

  • Allows the maximal amount of oxygen intake

  • Increases mental, physical and emotional coping ability toward the stresses of life

  • Helps regulate the motion of the lungs, in turn helping to keep the balance within the respiratory system, heart, brain and autonomic nervous system

  • Releases the tension in the neck, chest and back

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If you need more support on breath work, please feel free to book an appointment with Jesseny at Soma and Soul Wellness.

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