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  • Writer's pictureDr Rachel Collins

360 Breathing is Everything

Why is 360 breathing so important? When you are able to properly perform 360 breathing, also known as diaphragmatic breathing, it can help reduce stress, improve posture, increase pelvic floor activation and reduce low back pain.

Breathing can increase the parasympathetic nervous system which helps you relax your body and reduce tension. Also with the increase oxygen exchange during deep breathing it can promote healing and tissue repair. Throughout pregnancy our posture is always a struggle and as the baby grows it gets harder to take a big breath because of the baby taking up so much space. This is why it is so important to retain proper diaphragmatic breathing post baby because the diaphragm is unable to expand like it should due to the baby being in the way.

Another added bonus of deep breathing is increased abdominal and pelvic floor activation which is something everyone could benefit from during pregnancy and postpartum to help build a strong foundation.

How to perform diaphragmatic breathing:

Start by laying on the floor with knees bent or supported on a chair.

  1. Take deep inhale through your nose and focus on filling air into belly, ribs expanding outward and back moving more towards floor

  2. Exhale through mouth like you are blowing through a straw and feel your lower abdominals contract when all the air is out

Tips: There should be minimal movement in shoulders and chest region

I like to practice this before going to sleep, it helps to calm down your central nervous system and allow for more restful sleep.

I challenge everyone to perform deep breathing, it has become a staple exercise for me and for my patients

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