The importance of breathing
Breathing is a very particular function in our body, as it has a very rare feature: it can be both unconscious and voluntary.
In fact, it is an involuntary but at the same time voluntary biological factor: we can in fact control our breathing, but we cannot deprive ourselves of it for more than a certain period; try to hold your breath and check for how many seconds you can.
For most of the day and night we don’t realize that we breathe, we do it automatically, but if we want, during the waking phase we are able to control the rhythm, the amplitude and the duration of each single breath.
Breathing is linked to the physical state of the person: when we run and go into trouble we feel our heart in our throats and we have shallow, fast and rhythmic breathing, while as soon as we wake up, when we are still lying down (except previous nightmares) our breath is calm and regular, as if we were at peace with the world.
In the same way, breathing is connected to the other side of the coin, to our psychological and emotional state: a person who is in a state of very high stress or in anxiety tends to have chest breathing, very fast and with little depth .
It is not uncommon in very anxious and stressed people to have the diaphragm muscle, the respiratory muscle par excellence, blocked and therefore unable to give depth and thickness to the breath.
A calm, laid-back and un-agitated person will tend to have a deep, diaphragmatic, calm and complete breath.
If we learn to change our breathing, which we have also seen to be a voluntary system, we can change our emotional state by decreasing or even reducing our level of stress and tension.
If we apply the correct breath every day and turn it into a routine, this simple gesture can change the way we approach any event in our life.
What many don’t know is that breathing is a very important factor in a person’s correct posture.
The diaphragm is in fact a muscle that takes insertion also at the lumbar level, is part of a very important muscle chain and has direct relationships with the psoas large muscle and the square of the loins.
An incorrect respiratory function can create blockages at the level of the diaphragm with consequent decompensation and pain in particular at the cervical and / or lumbar level.
Everyone breathes, but few know how to do it well.
So what are the benefits of people who breathe well over those who breathe badly?
• Better cardiovascular and lung function.
• Greater oxygenation of the tissues and more functionality of the lymphatic system.
• A quieter mind.
• A lower level of stress with better management of the same.
• Better physical presence and more positive body language.
• More security and more lucidity in making decisions.
• Greater control over yourself.
• More restful sleep and more neurovegetative balance.
• Better visceral function (useful in case of gastritis and constipation for example).
• A more correct posture (useful in case of back pain).