Won’t this Make my Belly Bigger?
When coaching individuals to use their breathing patterns to support better health and mindfulness, I frequently hear – “If I breathe into my belly it will make my belly bigger?” Research shows muscles held in a tightened contraction all the time become weaker.
Breathing into the belly area, alternating muscular contractions with relaxation during breathing, not only supports the needed contract-relax pattern for the muscles, it creates pressure changes in the abdominal area which flushes toxins out and brings healthy nutrients into the region. Instead of the abdomen becoming a storage vessel for toxins, it becomes a center for healthy flow through the body. It is like Grand Central Station if the individuals are moved through Grand Central Station the exchange takes place.
When there is a back up because a line breaks down, catastrophic back up can result. Take a few minutes and breathe deeply, relaxing as you inhale and contracting your abdominal muscles as you exhale. What do you notice about your body? About your breath?