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?

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