High Chest Breathing
Stand and look into a
mirror or close your eyes and feel what occurs or ask someone to observe you.
Put your right hand on your belly and your left hand on your chest. Take a
very deep breath, as deep as you can. When you breathe in very deeply:
Do you raise your rib cage?
Do you raise your shoulders?
Do your neck muscles bulge out?
Do you experience a little or a lot more of any of the following:
· Panic attack
High blood pressure
· Voice troubles
· Asthma-like symptoms of wheezing
· Sleep disturbance
· Blurred hazy vision
· Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing
· Chronic muscle tension
· Cold hands and feet
· Constant sighing or gasping
· Poor concentration or focus
· Yawning episodes
· Mental confusion
Getting sick more often
· Poor digestion
· Tightness in the chest
· Overreacting to stress
· Feeling of not being able to take a big easy
· Can't take a deep breath or can't get over the hump as it is often
· Gas, constipation, or diarrhea
· Tired yet cannot sleep
· Feeling on edge
Then you used your chest too much to breathe.
Try it again with a quick breath (sniff) through your nose. Did the hand on
your belly move MORE than your chest? If not then you used your high chest too much to breathe.
High chest breathing often brings a sense of struggle to breathing,
a behavior that should otherwise seem automatic, effortless, and easy.
- High chest breathing often triggers muscle posturing, which can result in tension
and pain, even headache.
- High chest breathing is inefficient, labor intensive, and can make breathing seem
difficult, even exhausting.
- High chest breathing requires faster breathing, which can make it seem like
you're running a race, and makes you anxious.
- High chest breathing makes completion of exhale difficult, and may make you feel
breathless, and worried about getting the next breath.
- High chest breathing makes you feel confined, restricted, and trapped, setting
the stage for making you feel defensive and insecure.
- High chest breathing "requires" that you "take" a breath! Intentional breathing,
conscious or unconscious, interferes with basic reflexes.
- High chest breathing is "controlled breathing." One must most
often be present for the breath as it
comes on its own accord.
- High chest breathing may quickly deregulate body chemistry
Breath is life:
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