Thoraco-diaphragmatic Breathing

For all my Pilates enthusiasts – this is a GREAT overview and explanation on your Pilates breath. If you’ve ever taken a class with me, you know I’m huge on breath and form, so read on to find out part of WHY I’m so crazy about this stuff!

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Welcome! That’s a mouthful of a title on today’s post, isn’t it? I am so glad that after having read it, you’ve still decided to check out this post because “thoraco-diaphragmatic” breathing is just a fancy schmancy way of saying “Pilates Breathing.”

You breathe in. You breathe out. And then you repeat this phenomenon approximately 17,000 – 18,000 times per 24 hour period. And honestly, you probably don’t even give it too much thought, do ya?

Breathing usually operates at the edge of our awareness, but will and volition are always at our disposal.“–Coulter

Breathing is part of the autonomic nervous system (ANS), which functions primarily below the level of our conscious mind. Things like digestion, heart rate, salivation, perspiration, and sexual arousal are also controlled by the ANS. Breathing is kind of like the shining star, however, because we can consciously choose to control it. We…

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