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Anatomy of Breathing / Edition 1

Anatomy of Breathing / Edition 1

by Blandine Calais-GermainBlandine Calais-Germain


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My hope is that [this book] will contribute to a more enlightened practice of breathing. I also hope that you, the reader, will have a better understanding of how breathing changes spontaneously from moment to moment. My other wish is that you will discover how to consciously choose a specific breathing technique for certain purposes or circumstances." — Author's Preface Everyone breathes, yet few of us understand how to consciously control breathing to improve our well-being and the quality of many daily activities. Anatomy of Breathing is a clear and helpful guide to both the theory and practice of breathing in its many variations. Hundreds of expert drawings along with easy-to-understand text help you explore just how breathing works. Once you're acquainted with the principal organs, structures, and forces that affect breathing, you will learn how to control them to enhance the quality and variety of breathing in your own life. Along the way, you will also correct many common misconceptions about breathing. Anatomy of Breathing is filled with helpful practice pages. Here you will learn simple exercises to prepare your body for the benefits of different types of breathing. You will then be shown, step by step, how to practice some of the most common and useful breathing techniques on your own. Anatomy of Breathing is a unique and wonderful resource for anyone who wishes to understand the science and art of breathing, and how to make their own breathing better and more life-enhancing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780939616558
Publisher: Eastland Press
Publication date: 01/01/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 190,325
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Foreword viii

Preface ix

Chapter 1 Initial Observations About the Act of Breathing 11

Internal Respiration-External Respiration (Breathing) 15

Breathing: at First Glance, Always the Same Movement 18

Two Types of Breathing 24

Respiratory Volumes 25

Rates of Breathing 32

Section 1 Anatomical Pages 33

Chapter 2 The Skeleton's Role in Breathing 35

Bones Surrounding the Lungs 36

Thoracic "Cage": a Flexible Structure 37

Thoracic Cage as a Whole 38

Costal Arc and its Articulations 39

Ribs 40

Sternum 43

Spinal Column During Breathing 44

Pelvis 50

Shoulder Girdle 52

Cranial Bones 55

Chapter 3 Respiratory Organs 57

Lungs: Where Blood and Air Meet 58

Pulmonary Alveoli 60

Pleural Membrane: Double Envelope of the Lungs 62

Airway Passages 64

Chapter 4 Respiratory Muscles 79

Muscles of Inspiration 80

Other Muscles of Inspiration of the Rib Cage 87

Muscles of Expiration 96

Chapter 5 The Principal Forces Involved in Breathing 107

Muscles Act in Different Ways During Breathing 108

Pulmonary Elasticity: An Important Force in Breathing 110

Chapter 6 Forces Affecting Respiratory Volumes 117

Forces Involved in Breathing of Tidal Volume 118

Forces Involved in Inspiratory Reserve Volume (IRV) 120

Forces Involved in Expiratory Reserve Volume (ERV) 122

Forces Involved in the Rate of Breathing 124

Chapter 7 Relationships Among Anatomical Structures Involved in Breathing 125

Two Cavities that are Inseparable During Breathing 126

Respiratory Stops 130

Suspended Breaths 131

Chapter 8 Analysis of the Principal Types of Breathing 133

Diaphragmatic Breathing and its Variations 134

CostalBreathing and its Variations 141

Paradoxical Breathing 144

Two Mechanisms of Exhalation 146

Techniques for Decompressing the Abdominal Organs 150

Valsalva's Method 151

The Sigh: Relaxing the Diaphragm 152

Section 2

Chapter 9 Practice Pages 159

Preparing for Breathing Exercises 161

Diaphragmatic Inhalations 176

Costal Inhalation 189

Costal Exhalations 200

Abdominal Exhalations 202

Exercises for Respiratory Volumes 204

Conclusion 217

Bibliography 219

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