COPD and Issues with Breathing 

Most people don’t appreciate their ability to breathe easily until this basic, autonomous function becomes impaired.  Often, people assume their issues are temporary and don’t seek medical help immediately.  However, after seeing a medical professional many people feel that medication is the only possible solution for their condition.  There is generally no conversation concerning alternative or complimentary therapies to acquire or regain greater respiratory function.  As a Movement Specialist, I have a unique approach to breathing issues.

During your first Movement Lesson, I will be looking at several body functions:

  • How you are walking and standing: Even a body with the slightest inflection or rounding of the shoulders can inhibit breathing.
  • How your head is situated on the spine: If your head is not properly on top of the spine, it's natural for breathing to be impaired.
  • Balance: If you system is consciously or unconsciously concerned about balance, your body naturally tenses.  This tension or abnormal muscle function through the rib cage and abdominal area will affect breathing.
  • How you are Breathing: Can you expand your chest? Is breathing natural or do you need to consciously think about what you are doing? Are all your efforts going through the belly creating a shallow breath?
  • How your skeletal system is affecting breathing: Can your ribs expand? Can your ribs lengthen or twist? Is there movement in the upper vertebras?


This is where a sophisticated touch is crucial to allow all of the above come together like a wonderful symphony.  Fear and chronic coughing can cause the vertebras and ribs to constrict and almost cease to function, requiring the lungs to work harder in a restrictive environment.  If the chest cavity can no longer twist, then you may stop breathing while you are moving in awkward positions.  For example, the simple act of tying your shoes. If you can't do it without grunting or straining, you're not breathing properly while you are trying to put your shoes on. 

Here's a simple test to see if you need a Movement Lesson. Comfortably sit in a chair and breathe to expand your chest.  Gently twist to your right and breathe to expand your chest. Gently twist to your left and breathe to expand your chest. Does your chest expand in all positions?  Do you start coughing or have to go back to the center to catch your breath?  Did you know that you should be able to breathe in all positions?

The gentle ease of a Movement Lesson and finding your natural breath is wonderful. 

COPD & Breathing