The Connected Breath
The Connected Breath
We have become a nation of shallow breathers and poor movers.
– Melanie Connell, PT, MPT
When you connect breath to movement, powerful change happens in your health.
The four main areas your breath connects to your physical health are 1) pain, 2) performance, 3) posture, and 4)pressure.
The Connected Breath page is a compilation of educational videos to empower you to learn to breathe better so you can move better.
By focusing on targeted breathwork, you can improve mobility in the spine and reduce the tension in the body. You can gain a stronger connection into the deep core stabilizing muscles (including the pelvic floor). You can improve your athletic performance and mental focus and you can take control of your pain.
The breath connection in physical therapy
Breathing and moving are two constant components of life. People seek help when there’s an interruption to movement and physical therapists are experts in human movement. As a PT, I teach people how to move so they can reduce pain, improve function, and excel at their activity of choice. In order to teach someone to move well, I create an approach based on the whole person. This extends far beyond muscles and joints to include beliefs and mindset, nutrition, sleep, movement patterns, coordination and control, function, resiliency, stress response, and most importantly breathing.
Dr Karel Lewit has said, “If breathing is not normalized, no other movement pattern can be.”
My patients come in with a plethora of symptoms and diagnoses from the head and neck all the way down to the feet. Sometimes a laser focus helps. However, when people arrive at my office after having tried multiple health care practitioners with no resolve, they need someone to look at the bigger picture. They feel stuck in the pain cycle and stuck in their body. They need a whole body approach, including the way they breathe.
We all need a more connected breath, but breathing better is especially important if you are dealing with persistent unresolved pain, chronic tension, neck and back pain, Diastasis Recti, Sciatica, pelvic floor dysfunction, incontinence, digestive health issues, rib dysfunction, tight hip flexors, TMJ dysfunction, and poor posture.