Our life starts and finishes with exhaling: According to ancient Roman law, with the first cry the individual became a legal entity. With the last breath we exhale our soul.
The main focus of breathing should be on the exhalation and on the pause, and the inhalation then results by itself. Breathe in deeply! is what is often said, but exactly the opposite is correct! Increased inhalation promotes tension and cramping. But deeply exhaling relaxes, loosens, relieves pressure in the lungs, so that the inhalation can happen by itself.
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Some people think that on exhaling they have to help by pressing with the abdominal wall, but exactly the opposite is the case: On exhaling we should let go of the abdominal wall, to be able to let go of the respiration air. The person suffering from asthma is anxious that they will not get enough air, in reality however they are suffering from an exhalation disorder, of passive allowing, which is why psychosomatic medicine regards bronchial asthma as being amongst the vegetative neuroses. The exhalation is very fundamental for health and balance. Thorough exhalation purges, removes acidity and purifies. When we exhale too briefly the blood becomes more acidic, metabolic wastes deposit in the body and block certain muscle and organ functions.
Being cramped, together with deficient acid neutralisation, the cause of many disorders in the physical and emotional area, can be systematically acquired through practice, it can however also be reversed through correctly instructed exhalation. Exhaling, e.g. in the form of a sigh means relief, release from internal tension, just as groaning signifies the ability to let go.
We need to relearn the ability to let the breathing go, to allow it to happen. Then we can also let off our steam, breathe away what greaves us, and release tension and cramping.
The functional relaxation therapy by Marianne Fuchs/Erlangen is largely based on the principal of exhalation, as deeper and extended exhalation not only makes it possible to release the respiration air, but also makes it possible to yield more. Yielding enlivens the diaphragm and vitalises it, and also improves the giving and taking in interpersonal exchanges.
For the basic breathing exercises it consists above all of an allowing of the full exhalation – at the beginning even an emphasising of it. (…) In the full outwardflow of the respiration the trust in life is expressed. (4)
First do the breath impulse test or candle test according to Snidder: hold a candle or a match between 50 cm and 100 cm away and try to blow out the flame. If you can blow out the flame from 100 cm away then your breathing function is not substantially impaired. If you can only blow it out from 50 cm away, then there is a medium to strong constriction of the respiratory tract, most often in the bronchial area.
Inhale strongly, close your mouth and hold your nose closed. Don’t allow any air out! Only exhale when you have to do so. Perceive what it feels like when one pumps oneself full of air and can not let off steam.