Enhance Your Wim Hof Breathing Experience with Feldenkrais Awareness
Explore how placing your arms and legs in different positions accesses the potential of your breath. You have two lungs. Your right lung has three lobes, and your left lung has two lobes. We usually don’t fully access all of our lobes when we do our breathing practice. Discover how placing your arms and legs in different positions accesses each of your lobes or combinations of lobes. You will gain deeper, fuller, and more satisfying lung capacity by the end of this exploration.
The experience intends to explore variations that differentiate aspects of the breathing process in the context of Wim Hof-style breathing. Because of this, the exploration is not exactly Wim Hof, and it is not precisely an Awareness Through Movement® lesson (ATM®). I am using ATM concepts within the context of Wim Hof's breathing to improve the breathing process improve various aspects of the breath.
I adhered to the basic Wim-Hof structure — about 30 rounds of breathing, a 2-minute breath hold, and a 15-second recovery breath. The variations are nested between two rounds of Wim Hof breathing so you can appreciate the changes in your abilities.
The placement of the arms will vary from person to person. The 'correct' position of the arm is so they lie comfortably on the floor. For some people, the arm will be more out to the side; for others, the elbow bent; and for others, the arm will be straight. Any placement between the position of being out at shoulder height and overhead will help expand the ribs of the upper chest.
The see-saw movement of the chest and abdomen separates the functions of breathing from breathing itself. The intention is to develop more precise diaphragmatic control and awareness, improve the movement of the abdomen, and expand the ribs and intercostal muscles while separate from breathing. When we return to breathing, it improves.
Music attribution: Maarten Schellekens https://freemusicarchive.org/music/maarten-schellekens/