Breathing is important. No matter what we do, from birth to death, we breathe. Breathing was one of the first independent things that we did when we entered this world and the continuation of our life depends on our ability to breathe.
Although we can breathe consciously and sometimes do, usually our breathing carries on outside our conscious control. It changes according to our activity, our emotions and our lifestyles. Through habit, it may become unnecessarily constricted. One of the great gifts of the Feldenkrais Method is that it makes it possible to change our breathing patterns, letting go of habits that interfere with full and healthy breathing.
Sometimes people are concerned to discover the right way to breathe. However, Feldenkrais breathing lessons are not about teaching correct breathing. The intention is to experience and explore the way breathing works so that when the lesson is over, your breathing returns to its spontaneous rhythm with a new sense of ease.
It’s obvious that breathing and moving are closely connected. Movement influences our breathing and our breathing allows or limits our movement. Being able to breathe more fully and more comfortably immediately brings a feeling of relief and well-being with beneficial consequences for our overall health and vitality.