A good breathing technique will help you work with your Base-Line muscles, building the connection between body and mind.
Think: Stronger and longer with every in breath.
Breathe in and up through your nostrils.
Breathe out through your mouth.
Focus on activating your Base-Line muscles as you inhale.
Don't rush. Take as many breaths as you need to activate and elongate your Base-Line as much as you can.
Begin by contracting your pelvic floor muscles.
The BASE foundation from where all movement should stem.
It takes practice to activate the right muscles if you are not used to using them. With each breath focus on feeling for your pelvic floor muscles contract.
Then activate your rectus abdominis muscles.
The body's central LINE, strong and flexible that should support all movement.
Our core pillar of strength, from where the rest of the body extends.
Use your hands over your rectus abdominis muscles, tapping up your abdomen from pelvis to chest and imagine each pair of panels activating in turn, extending and aligning your midline.
I found it easiest to work on my breathing whilst standing (in a relaxed manner) or lying on my back.
Do whatever feels good for you.
As I focused on my activating my Base-Line I found myself adjusting my position so that my body was a little more aligned. Let yourself move as feels natural.
It can take a long time to break old habits and activate the correct muscles if you are not used to using them. Be aware of when 'the wrong' areas of muscle activate. If you feel this happening - relax, breathe and focus on your Base-Line once more. Little by little improvements are made.
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