"If breathing is not normalized — no other movement pattern can be." – Karel Lewitt
Breathing is our most primary function. It must be normalized before any other movement can be achieved.
The human body is comprised of 11 main systems: Circulatory System, Digestive System, Endocrine System, Integumentary System, Immune System, Nervous System, Renal System, Reproductive System, Respiratory System, Muscular System, and Skeletal System. All these systems function in synergy. To create change in one system, all of the systems must be considered.
Normal posture promotes an ideal respiratory pattern. Many of the muscles used for postural control/stabilization and respiration are the same. Deviation from normal posture will alter length-tension relationships within the respiratory muscles and create competition between postural and respiratory functions of these muscles. As the Respiratory System is directly correlated with our Circulatory, Nervous, and Muscular Systems, suboptimal respiration results in negative effects such as less energy, higher anxiety, and decreased performance.
The ideal respiratory pattern creates core and spinal stability. Core Stability is not defined by the strength of abdominals or back muscles (or any others) but results from optimal intra-abdominal pressure regulation. Suboptimal respiration creates deviations from normal posture and contributes to musculoskeletal complaints such as pain in the lower back, shoulders, or neck.