Diaphragmatic breathing involves training and strengthening your diaphragm so it requires less effort to take in each breath. It take practice to use this breathing exercise correctly. To do it, inhale deeply through your nose, filling your lungs from the bottom up. If you’re doing it right, your stomach will pooch out?
- Place one hand on your chest and the other on your abdomen. When you take a deep breath in, the hand on the abdomen should rise higher than the one on the chest. This insures that the diaphragm is pulling air into the bases of the lungs.
- After exhaling through the mouth, take a slow deep breath in through your nose imagining that you are sucking in all the air in the room and hold it for a count of 7 (or as long as you are able, not exceeding 7)
- Slowly exhale through your mouth for a count of 8. As all the air is released with relaxation, gently contract your abdominal muscles to completely evacuate the remaining air from the lungs. It is important to remember that we deepen respirations not by inhaling more air but through completely exhaling it.
- Repeat the cycle four more times for a total of 5 deep breaths and try to breathe at a rate of one breath every 10 seconds (or 6 breaths per minute). At this rate our heart rate variability increases which has a positive effect on cardiac health.
Breathing and Salt Therapy
Using good breathing technique during your salt therapy session is very important, not only will it ensure you get the optimum intake of salt it also enhances your whole experience.
Good breathing technique during your salt therapy session will expand your airways, allowing more oxygen to pass into your fully inflated lungs. Completely opening your lungs allows the salt to reach the base, ensuring cleansing of the deepest part, the alveoli. This is important as the alveoli are where oxygen exchange with the blood stream occurs!