BREATHING FROM THE RIBS
We are now going to learn thoracic or
As its name implies, this is the action of
expanding the thorax which leads to the inflation of the lungs by
conducting air into them.
This time we work sitting in a chair or on
the ground, it does not matter which.
Empty the lungs completely and keep the
abdominal muscles contracted: in this way it becomes impossible to
breathe through the stomach.
Throughout the inhalation you should keep
the stomach contracted in order to prevent any breathing through the
diaphragm. Needless to say those who used the belt to keep the ribs
from moving, should remove it for learning thoracic breathing!
Place the hands on the sides a few inches
away from the armpits, in such a way that the palms can feel the ribs.
Point the fingers to the front. Breathe in, attempting at the same time
to push out the hands as far as possible with the ribs, that is, not in
front of you but towards the sides. After a few attempts, you will feel
the exact position. You will notice clearly a greater resistance to the
entrance of air than you did during the abdominal breathing, which
allowed entry to the largest volume of air with a minimum of effort.
Despite the resistance a fairly large quantity of air will enter during
thoracic breathing. Breathe about twenty times from the ribs only.