What is Breathing Training?
WHAT IS BREATHING TRAINING? by Sophie Gabriel
The breathing we do to stay alive is an automatic function, however, an ability to specifically control how we breathe is required for a number of activities, and does necessitate special training. For example, a singer needs to learn particular methods of breathing depending on what kind of singing they want to do. There are lots of variations to singing, such as opera, rock, pop etc. There is basic breathing training needed in order to sing, but after the foundation is achieved, then a variation of techniques is required depending on the outcome.
I personally define “Breathing Training” as:
- Becoming acquainted with all your breathing muscles and learning how to control them.
- Being able to regulate your inhale and exhale so it smoothly moves in and out of your body.
- Learning how to breathe powerfully.
- Learning different breathing techniques.
Irrespective of what styles of breathing you choose or need to learn, the purpose of this section is to give you an awareness of what is taught in a practical Breathing Training session.
AM I TOO OLD OR YOUNG TO LEARN BREATHING TECHNIQUES?
Breathing is part of the involuntary nervous system; it is also part of the voluntary nervous system, which means it is a function that can be changed at will. It also means that anyone at any age can learn breathing techniques. Young children have been trained, as well as people over eighty years of age, and they all have been able to successfully grasp the techniques. So regardless of age or inexperience in Breathing Training, everyone has the ability to improve the quality of their breathing and learn a number of different breathing techniques.
(N.B. The information above does not apply to people with respiratory or heart disease, or anyone seeking medical advice for any reason. Only advice approved by a medical specialist should be followed)
WHAT IS TAUGHT IN A BREATHING SESSION?
There are numerous breathing methods that exist, but certain fundamental aspects are needed to establish a foundation before trying to learn breathing techniques. Some of the most important aspects which must be covered are:
1. Firstly, you need to know the difference between shallow breathing and deep breathing, and also what a poor quality breath is compared to a good quality breath. You will not be able to progress properly until you know the differences.
2. Next, you need to make sure you have correct posture (so that you can breathe fully).
3. Then you must become acquainted with your diaphragm and abdominal muscles, and learn how to properly tighten and relax them at will.
4. You have to be able to control and move the lower ribcage, diaphragm and abdominal muscles without an exaggerated movement from the upper chest.
5. The ability to regulate your breathing is crucial, so that you can breathe both gently and powerfully; this gives you versatility, enabling you to learn a range of breathing techniques.
6. Gentle and relaxed breathing must be achieved before attempting to learn more challenging methods of breathing.
All of the above is taught in a breathing session, which serves as a basis to continue on with other aspects of Breathing Training. It is easy to learn specific breathing techniques once the basic lessons are mastered. There are numerous areas where the techniques can be applied, so what is subsequently taught varies according to each individual’s interests.
Most people want to learn how to deeply relax and also be able to exercise without struggling. Others want to improve their singing or stretch effectively. Irrespective of what techniques are learnt, everyone would benefit from learning to control their breathing muscles, and also master Relaxation Breathing.
WHAT DOES A BREATHING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR DO?
A Breathing Instructor is a breathing coach who teaches different aspects of breathing. There are also instructors who only teach a specialized form of breathing only for their particular field, for example a singing or yoga teacher. The most important thing to begin with is a solid foundation that teaches basic techniques..
Sophie has created her own style of teaching breathing techniques. Each session is designed depending on the needs of each individual, including the breathing required for specific activities. If you would like more information for either private or group training, contact us here
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