Purposeful breathing

Penned by Dr. Allison Daly, PT

 

16… 960… 23,040…  672, 768,000.

 

This is the average number of breaths we take per minute… per hour… per day… and per year.

To put this into perspective, recall the age-old adage “if I had a penny for every time I …”? 

At this rate you would rake in $6.7 million in one year if you had a penny for every time you take a breath.  I think we can all agree that number is, in fact, breathtaking (pun intended).

In all seriousness though, without breath, life would not exist. But why do I need to learn how to breathe when I already do it automatically? How does breathing relate to movement? What does breathing have to do with pain and tension? These are common questions that clients ask during every initial evaluation when I tell them, “the first thing we will be learning today is breathing”. The diagnosis doesn’t matter. The affected joint doesn’t matter. What matters is the fact that pain is present in their body and we can use purposeful breathing as a tool to decrease it.

 
 

We know that one of the most powerful effects of purposeful breathing is interruption of the pain cycle. Pain can be caused by many different factors. 

 

Purposeful breathing techniques can help to decrease pain through the following:

Decreasing excessive muscular tension

Improving muscular flexibility

Activating dormant muscles

Restoring optimal postural alignment

 

A large combination of different breathing techniques can be inherently found in all of the various classes taught at ROMNEY Studios.  In each and every class you can further incorporate purposeful breathing to exponentially improve the targeted goals of any exercise modality.  You first need to learn specific purposeful breathing techniques in order to turbo-charge your workout routine and achieve your fitness goals more quickly.

 

In a workshop this Saturday, May 13, we will be learning purposeful breathing techniques.  In sanskrit the term is “pranayama”, which translates to the formal practice of controlling the breath.  Breathing can be broken down into simple mechanical movements of the belly, ribs, and chest. A large combination of different breathing techniques can be inherently found in all of the various classes taught at ROMNEY Studios.  In each and every class you can further incorporate purposeful breathing to exponentially improve the targeted goals of any exercise modality. You first need to learn specific purposeful breathing techniques in order to turbo-charge your workout routine and achieve your fitness goals more quickly.

 

In this workshop you will learn breathing techniques to facilitate the following:

Meditation/relaxation

Melting shoulder and neck tension

Turbo-charging abdominal exercises

 

You will receive a hard copy of the exercises taught in class as well as access to a video of the mechanics of breathing.

Join Dr. Allison M Daly, PT this Saturday from 12:00-1:30.  Space is limited to 10 participants and you can sign up here. Investment - $50 ($45 for ROMNEY members)

 

Want more from Allison? Check out her last post on Mind Body MVMT, on the importance of diversifying your workout portfolio here!