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We take 17,000 to 20,000 breaths in a day...so why not put some of them to good use?

Current research shows that when breathing isn't optimal it can trigger:

  • Smooth muscle contraction, leading to vasoconstriction &/or spasm, including colon spasm (Yokoyama et al 2008)
  • Reduced oxygen to cells & tissues
  • Increased fatigue, pain & myofascial dysfunction
  • Increased risk of urinary incontinence
  • Increased physical overuse stresses & comprimises in core stability & posture (Haugstad et al 2006)
  • Increased sense of apprehension & anxiety (Rhudy & Meagher 2000)

So what does optimal breathing look like?

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