For most of us, what we have come to know as breathing is in fact over-breathing. Taking in and breathing out a higher volume of air than our body needs. So why should this be a problem you may ask. Isn’t lots of deep breathing healthy? It’s a fair question, based on what we think about oxygen and carbon dioxide.
Up to this year, I was firmly in the, oxygen good/carbon dioxide bad camp with most others. Only now do I understand how valuable and scarce carbon dioxide is for our bodies. This is not to be confused with the CO2 emissions in the environmental news. The way our bodies work, we have to make the CO2 we need and hold on to it for internal uses, but with all this deep breathing and over breathing, we lose what we need and this creates symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, snoring, sleep disruption, poor digestion and many, many others.
Declan Clark has been a therapist for 30 years. With understanding of the body, an interest in fascia, and as a Buteyko Breathing Educator, Declan brings things together to help people live better lives.