Our breathing happens unconsciously, and that's why many people breathe incompletely and cramped. Sometimes the air for breathing gets scarce: stress or anxiety can lead to a respiratory rate, which is designed by nature as an escape reflex. To breathe properly means to let the breathing air flow into the abdomen and pelvis without effort. Those who breathe or holler much faster, provide their body with less oxygen and can emit less carbon dioxide. This increases muscle tension and makes the body less sensitive to pain. In exceptional situations, this is meaningful and vital, but as a permanent facility, it is not intended.
The blood circulation supplies the organism with everything that one needs to live. Breathing brings the oxygen into the blood: 500 liters per day, which are transported with the blood to the cells. Calm breathing prevents blockages caused by strong emotions and increased tension. But under stress, man automatically breathes flat and pressed. Thus, only about 7 to 10 liters of air through the bloodstream to the organs. With a targeted abdominal breathing you can absorb up to 75 liters of air and thus take positive influence on the body and psyche through the conscious control of breathing.
Proper breathing can be learned
Anyone who breathes too fast strains his body. If the breathing is too shallow, the capacity of the lungs will not be fully utilized. In the alveoli there is still a part of used air left behind. This can affect the oxygenation of body tissues. The muscles and organs - but especially the brain - then do not reach their full capacity. Fatigue, lack of concentration and even digestive problems can be the result.
Breathing is controlled by the autonomic nervous system. Conversely, the autonomic nervous system can be influenced and harmonized via the breath. In order to be able to breathe again, the respiratory therapy is used. A distinction is made between the "therapy of breathing" and the "therapy with the breath".
Reimbursement by health insurance
If the respiratory therapy is prescribed by a doctor in the context of a therapy or rehabilitation, the health insurances usually cover the costs for the treatment. If you want to improve your breathing technique for relaxation and recovery for stress reduction, you have to bear the costs yourself. In many cases, the health insurance companies offer such courses together with the adult education centers, occasionally these courses are subsidized by the health insurance companies. This regulation applies to the therapy of the breathing and the therapy with the breath. In individual cases you should discuss the reimbursement in advance with the health insurance.