At Regan Movement, breath is the starting point for every movement or healing process. It is the foundation of all movement since bad breathing can lead to dysfunction in the body like tight and injury-prone necks and shoulders, or even lead to more stress and anxiety.
So, how do you incorporate better breathing habits in your life? One way is to practice the previously mentioned diaphragmatic breathing, a type of deep-breathing exercise that helps activate the parasympathetic nervous system.
To do this, simply sit or lie down in a comfortable position and place one hand on your abdomen. Then, breathe in deeply through your nose, allowing your stomach to expand as well as the low back, back ribs, side waist, and side ribs as you inhale. Hold the breath for a few seconds, and then slowly exhale through your mouth with pursed lips. This will create a 360-degree breath.