Loose vs. tied • • •
I’ve talked a lot about how important it is to utilize breathing as a means to lower the alarm senses, and overcome physical guarding whether in massage, exercise, stretching or just day to day work. One of my favorite analogies is comparing the process of breathing to that of wearing shoes. How shoes and the strength of their laces represent the control we have to breathe. 🔻Sometimes we breathe like an untied shoe, uncontrolled, unstable, quick, shortened. Unknowingly leaving us vulnerable to compensations, shrugging and rounding of the shoulders, heart rate increased, and creating what’s a acute in onset into a chronic condition. 🔸Now we tie those shoes, meaning: breathing with a purpose, maximizing lung capacity, inhale for 5 (nose), hold for 4, let go for 6 (mouth), we notice a sudden drop in overall firing. Awareness of posture, the ability to process a thought clearer, and stray from the inevitable chronic happenings that originate from poor breathing patterns.❗️Next time you take the 6 seconds to exhale try partially closing your mouth, and like a wooden train whistle mimic that noise as that breathe releases. Notice the control as exhale finishes.