4 Key points for ABDOMINAL BREATHING
When the body is out of structural alignment, abdominal breathing can be quite damaging. Since every technique we use in this book is for the sole purpose of correcting dysfunction, we will not want to nurture a deficient breath pattern. If we analyze the we will notice an elongated lower abdominal region getting a stretch as we inhale to expand the belly.
This can be extremely damaging to the biomechanical structures in the core. Since the lower abdominals are typically elongated due to lumbo-pelvic hip imbalance, it would not be advisable to stretch these muscles any further. A further elongation of these muscles will result in an even greater anterior pelvic shift, compounding dysfunction in the process.
INEFFICIENT ABDOMINAL BREATHING (LOWER ABDOMINALS)
1. EXTENDED LUMBAR
As a result of anterior chain, hip systems being tight, a swayed lumbar will then be present. This will be extremely influential on the lower abdominals on the opposite side of the body.
2.POINT OF DEFICIENCY
Since the body is already inclined to stretch from the lower abdomen, it is likely it will repeat that pattern during a dysfunctional abdominal breath.
3.TIGHT UPPER ABDOMINALS
When posture is deficient, it is likely the upper abdominal region will pull the thoracic region into flexion. This prevents the upper abdominals from getting an effective stretch during abdominal breathing
4.STRETCHED LOWER ABDOMINALS
Due to there being anterior pelvic shifting, the lower abdominals will be forced into an elongated state. Since this is their inclination when there is poor posture present, we do not want to initiate abdominal breath. If abdominal breathing is done in this context, it will further elongate this musculature, bringing about an even more imbalance and weak lower abdomen.