The majority of men breathe in this way.
The diaphragm subsides while the breath is drawn in, and the abdominal
region swells. This is the least faulty method of breathing. The base
of the lungs fills with air, and the rhythmic lowering of the diaphragm
produces a constant, gentle massage of the whole abdominal content, and
helps these organs to function correctly.
This is achieved by raising the ribs
through dilating the thoracic cage or chest wall like a pair of
bellows. It is a form of breathing which fills the middle section of
the lungs, allowing less air to enter than the abdominal respiration,
and more important, involving far more effort! This is 'athletic'
respiration. When combined with abdominal breathing it ventilates the
Air is introduced by raising the
collar-bone and shoulders. In this way, only the upper part of the
lungs receives any fresh air. It is the least satisfactory method of
breathing and is often characteristic of women.