"There's no better way to get people to move their thoracic spine than to get them to change their breathing." Alison Clinton
I've been listening to the my new favourite show, The Pelvic Health Podcast by Anthony Lo @physiodetective and @pelvicwod Lori Forner. Their guest on the episode was pelvic health physiotherapist, Alison Clinton.
She is a fascinating wealth of knowledge about the brain, reflex activity, the diaphraghm, breath and the pelvic floor. .
From the show notes:
"Susan discusses her background in neurological physiotherapy, musculoskeletal physiotherapy, how she got into pelvic floor work and how she combined them all to drop knowledge bombs.
We delve into the diaphragm, the glottis, intra-abdominal pressure, breathing, swallowing, vagus nerve, trigeminal alarm system, pelvic pain and how forward head posture and cervicothoracic stiffness affect the pelvic floor."
This is the link:
Here are my thoughts on movement, breath and the spine:
The image of a rib 'cage' is pretty solid and unyielding! We could allow more movement in the act of breathing through visualisation. What if we thought of expanding the breath into our body 'balloon' instead? The ribs (here's the thing : 👉in 360 degrees - front/ back /sides👈) soften and move out, the waist and belly expand and the pelvic floor lets go and descends to accommodate the pressure as we breathe in.
And of course we can move the whole body! What I love about Somatics is the we are expanding, contracting and moving the rib cage in so many novel ways with the different movements we have. Somatics is about awareness - noticing and changing habits.
#thoracicspine #breathandmovement #movementandbreath #inhaleexhale