Posted in General by Penny WadePenny Wade on 03 June 2014
If you suffer from asthma the chances are you will probably hyperventilate, which may trigger an attack. Even if you are recovering from a chest infection you may be hyperventilating too.
So what is hyperventilation? This is a pattern of over breathing where you are breathing at more than 10-14 breaths a minute when resting. You are using your upper ribs to breathe with instead of your whole rib cage and the abdomen.  It can be initiated and maintained by anxiety, fear, resentment or anger. And, it can cause muscular aches and pains, sweating, chest pains, palpitations and a dry mouth.
This is where massage comes in. Because, if you have these abnormal breathing patterns many of your neck, shoulder and chest muscles will be extremely tight. Round shoulders and a forward neck posture are often a pointer to abnormal breathing patterns.
So, when I do a treatment, I will now be looking at breathing patterns. I will then massage the appropriate muscles first and then help you to do abdominal breathing at the end of the treatment.


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