Some complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practitioners believe that deep breathing, also known as diaphragmatic, abdominal, or belly breathing can be used as a form of relaxation and treatment for health conditions such as high blood pressure, headaches, stomach conditions, depression, anxiety, and others, when practiced regularly.
Occasionally clients present with difficulty breathing deeply, which could be caused by a physical or emotional restriction, limiting them to a shallow breathing pattern. They usually have internally rotated shoulders, sunken chest, head forward posture, and restrictions in rib cage expansion or contraction.
For these cases, I use conservative bodywork techniques for restoring and maintaining optimal respiratory function consisting of opening up the diaphragmatic arch by releasing restrictions in the abdominal musculature, and along the arch. In addition to releasing the fascia and musculature that keep the shoulders in internal rotation. The superficial fascia over the rib heads and sternum is also released. After treatment, most Clients report a comfortable and deeper breathing pattern, and in some cases extraordinary physical and emotional changes for the better.
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