Breath - The Key To Good Communication
Establishing a longer, slower and deeper breathing pattern will help you to:
Control the PACE of delivery.
Produce a RICHER, FULLER SOUND.
Maintain the supply of oxygen to the brain to keep you feeling CALM, FOCUSED and in CONTROL.
- Practice breathing from the lower abdomen. You can do this by placing your hand just below your navel and feeling the rise and fall of your belly.
- To re-boot diaphragmatic breathing – sit, leaning forward with your chin supported by your thumbs. Feel the ebb and flow of your abdomen against your upper thighs.
- To open the back ribs – imagine a little mouth half way up your back. Breathe through the nose, but imagine that you are breathing through the little mouth.
- Avoid lifting the rib-cage to breath. Focus instead on movement in the lower belly, sides and back
- Spine use is essential. If you allow yourself to slump, you will inhibit lung capacity. If you over-lift, the diaphragm can’t drop. Keep the belly relaxed. The back keeps you vertical – not the abdominal muscles.