IS IT OKAY TO BREATHE WITH MY CHEST?

While breathing with the chest does not necessarily throw off internal chemistry, the chest is not where we are designed to breathe. Using the chest, pecks, scalene and trapezius muscles regularly will cause muscle strain or dysponesis over time. Normal and natural breathing should happen with the diaphragm.   Diaphragmatic breathing massages the GI tract and hence aids in digestion.   By placing one hand on the chest while another is over the belly button, it is easy to tell by way of feeling which hand moves, where breathing is taking place. Consider conducting this self-test under various scenarios – when feeling anxious, when waking up, after eating, or when working.  Breathing behaviour changes depending on one’s state of activity and state of mind.  RF training will provide exercises and an app to move any chest breathing habit down to the diaphragm

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