7 Benefits of Good Breathing Technique

Seven Benefits of Good Breathing Technique

Coloured image highlighting the areas of the brain including the frontal lobe, parietal lobe, occipital lobe, temporal lobe, the cerebellum and the brain stem

Brain Anatomy

Breathing is controlled by a primitive part of the brain called the medulla oblongata which is located in the brain stem.

  1. Reduces Stress

Most stress reduction techniques will incorporate some form of deep breathing technique.

  1. Improves Muscle Tone

Working any muscle group will improve control & tone.

  1. Improves Lung Capacity

Working on deep breathing will improve your ability to access the lungs’ full potential.

  1. Improves Sex

I thought that this one might get your attention.  Learning to control your breathing and take longer, deeper, slower breaths will improve your sexual performance.

  1. Improves Digestive Health

This is interesting and unexpected.  By using the lungs and diaphragm the way they are intended we also improve the CO2 balance in the blood stream. The movement of the diaphragm also gently massages the intestines ensuring that the digestive juices mix properly with your food.

  1. Improves Vocal Capacity

Ever run out of breath when you’re trying to say something?  Improved breathing technique will put an end to that.

  1. Improves Vocal Volume & Reach

Your vocal apparatus works like a woodwind instrument, learn to control your breath and you’ll be able to improve your volume and reach or projection.

Some Breathing Trivia …

  • It is virtually impossible to speak whilst inhaling. I say virtually because one smart Alex proved me wrong in one of my classes.
  • Your voice is designed to work at its optimum on exhaling.
  • Most people breathe approximately six litres of air per minute
  • People with asthma breathe up to twenty seven litres of air per minute
  • Surprisingly, getting the balance of carbon dioxide is important to health
    • A healthy amount of carbon dioxide aides digestion
    • Maintains a healthy Ph level
    • A good balance will see approximately 5.5 – 6.6% carbon dioxide
  • Good breathing uses the diaphragm and the abdominal muscles. It will:
    • Expel stale air left in the bottom of the lungs
    • Strengthen your breathing apparatus
  • Bad breathing uses the upper part of the chest It allows:
    • Stale air to remain in your lungs
    • Encourages the production of stress hormones
    • Puts stress on the area around your vocal cords

References

Breathing Exercises for Adults with Asthma National Library of Medicine

Healthy Breathing – Buteyko Method Buteyko Clinic

Seven Secrets for Good Breathing Clearly Talking Website

Articles Page on Accent Reduction website