Diaphragm breathing

The diaphragm is thin muscle that separates the chest region from the abdominal region. And contrary to popular belief, it is the diaphragm that is the main muscle the body uses for breathing, not the lungs!

Diaphragm Movement

Without doubt, using your diaphragm in the way it is designed is the surest way to get your respiratory health cranking. With the amount of information that conflicts with natural design, the easiest way to find out for yourself what is true and what is false is by implementing the Ex Factor.

We Experiment – To Experience – To Express


Hence if you’re unfamiliar with diaphragmatic breathing, it’s easier in the first instance to do get used to it lying down and then apply the same muscle movements when you’re standing up.

The “finding your diaphragm” technique

  1. Lie on your back on a flat surface with your knees bent and your head supported.  To maintain the curve in your lumbar region, use a pillow under your knees to support your legs.  Place one hand on your upper chest and the other just below your rib cage.  This will allow you to feel your diaphragm move as you breathe.
  2. Breathe in slowly through your nose so that your stomach moves out against your hand.  The hand on your chest should remain as still as possible.
  3. As you breath out, tighten your stomach muscles, pulling them in or letting them fall inward as you exhale.  The hand on your upper chest must remain as still as possible. Practice until it is second nature to you.

Once these techniques are mastered lying down, it’s just a matter of practice to do when standing up, walking or running.

Room for improvement

To increase the workout for your diaphragm (once you have mastered the original exercise), try placing a book on the tummy region and as you focus diaphragm region, lift the book up and down. When that’s easy, increase the weight and put another book on to increase the load.

When you’re using the TriBreath™ breathing rhythm’s, alternate your focus between your solar plexus, heart and throat centres as your arms pull in your IN-breath and push out your OUT-breath.

These techniques working together, tone and elongate the muscle while flattening the tummy so quick it’ll make your head spin (and lift your body up with oxygen). 

Let me know how you go 🙂

Brett Hayes

Brett Hayes
TriBreath™ Coach




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