Diaphragmatic breathing (AKA belly breathing or abdominal breathing) is a breathing pattern that more effectively uses and strengthens your diaphragm - a large dome shaped muscle attached to the bottom of the ribcage that further assists in breathing. 💨
Start by laying on your back, place one hand on your chest and the other on your stomach. Take a deep breath in and pay attention to which hand moves more. 🖐
In diaphragmatic breathing, the bottom hand on your stomach should be rising and falling more so during the breath, while the top hand on your chest remains relatively still.
Diaphragmatic breathing has many health benefits including strengthening the diaphragm and surrounding abdominal muscles, reducing stress, lowering your heart rate, blood pressure and much more! 💖💪
If you are a chest breather, you may find you carry a lot of stress and tension in your chest, shoulders and neck or are unable to take a deep breath; give this exercise a try! 👍 Make this exercise a part of your daily routine to see its full benefits 🌞