Breathe normal? Of course I breathe normal. What are you talking about? I often get this when talking about the importance of breathing correctly.
My hope is you're asking the following questions. What is normal breathing and am I breathing normal? Let's try and answer these questions.
How Many People Breath Normally?
According to Dr. Artour Rakhimov, a leading breathing researcher, chances are you're not breathing normally. His research found 90% of the population breathes incorrectly to one degree or another. This includes slight variations in breathing mechanics to abnormal rate, volume, rythem and breathing mechanics.
My observations support Dr. Rakhimov's findings. Airports are a great place to watch people breathe. I realize this is anecdotal but seldom do I see someone breathing normal. Perhaps the drudgery and stress of travel causes this.
My work with clients bears this out as well. I formally evaluate each client and few breathing normally. Over the years I've found only two clients who breath normal.
What Is Normal Breathing?
Breathing Self Assessment
Here's a self assessment to see if you are breathing normal. You can also do take the breathing test - Click Here.
Check or have someone check that your mouth is closed and you're breathing through your nose. If you snore at night or have a dry mouth, you are most likely breathing through your mouth. Check to see if your mouth is open while exercising. Finally, when you're talking, do you take a breath through your mouth or your nose?
A normal breath always comes in through the nose and never through the mouth.
Stand in front of a mirror or have someone watch you breathe. Check if your mid to upper chest is moving in and out as you breathe. How about your shoulders? Are they rising and falling as you take a breath?
A normal breather's chest and shoulders will be totally still and may only show a tiny movement of the solar plexus, just below the ribs, and the upper part of the tummy. This is where your diaphragm, the breathing muscle, resides.
With a watch or clock, count the number of times you inhale in one minute. A normal breather will only take 8 to 10 breathes.
As you watch yourself breathe in the mirror, check to see how much body motion you see; front to the mirror and side view. Can you see your chest or tummy moving in or out? Can you see your shoulders rising and falling?
A normal breather will have a tiny bit or no body motion while breathing.
If you found yourself breathing through your mouth, breathing from your chest, breathing more than 12 times per minute and/or could see your breathing motion, chances are your not breathing normally.
Let me know how your breathing assessment went and the observations you made about your breathing. Drop me an email at info@CascadeBreath.com.