Breathing Plays an Important Role


Here is the information on natural breathing reported by John Diamond, M.D., Past-President of the International Association of Preventative Medicine, in the Behavioral Kinesiology Report published by the Institute of Behavioral Kinesiology

This information is intended for your general knowledge only.
You must seek professional care for any specific condition and/or situation.

Recently I was consulted by a student who had persistent pain in his shoulder.  He was a man in his 5O's who performed a great deal of athletics.  He played tennis three or four times a week, and did strenuous exercises once or twice each day.  Like the four doctors he had consulted before me, I could not find a cause for the pain -- until I asked him to do his exercises in front of me.  It was then that I observed that he was holding his breath.  When he jogged up and down on the spot, he would hold his breath and then gulp in a breath.  There was no natural respiration, no rhythm to the breath -- what we have called the Respiratory Energy Spontaneous Pulsation (RESP).

As soon as he introduced correct breathing -- when he allowed unforced respiration to take precedence over all other aspects of physical activity -- then the pain completely disappeared.

The pain was caused by jamming the breath.  It is most important that every exercise activity be carried out with natural breathing.

Nothing is more important than unstressed, unforced, natural respiration.  The activity should be structured around the breath -- not, as is usually the case, the other way around.  We shouldn't take a breath when there is a pause in the activity; we should perform the activity when it fits in naturally with the flow of the breath.   And, this applies when speaking, playing music, walking, all activity.

You will find as you do this the brain somehow will naturally fit the activity into the expiratory cycle.  This is the time when we have maximum power.   You can easily see this demonstrated with the karate chop or when Jimmy Connors hits the tennis ball.

[Caution: Go slow. Attempting to fix your breathing style by taking in more oxygen than your body knows may cause hyperventilation. If this occurs, cup your hands lightly over your mouth (rather than look for a paper bag) and breathe in and out slowly. You can do this while sitting or standing, preferably sitting.]

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