When we think of movement of the body, often activities like walking, fitness classes, and dancing pop in our heads. There is actually an amazing amount of movement going on within our bodies, even when we are lying down or sleeping.
One example is the body’s fluids continuously circulating from head to toe. Another is that we are breathing around-the-clock. This expansion/retraction of our diaphragm and lungs actually transmits movement throughout the body.
Every time you inhale, there is more pressure inside your chest cavity. Around the lungs, your ribs are designed to open and adapt to the increase in volume. Above and below, the abdominal and cranial cavities also get a push from the increase in air pressure. However, there are mechanisms in place to accommodate and adapt to this natural flow of changing pressure.
The pelvic floor is muscle and connective tissue that, when we inhale, moves down and expands so that the pressure from the lungs does not compress our abdominal organs. There is a type of diaphragm in our head that helps accommodate pressure changes as well.
This movement created from the breath is described as a type of massaging or stretching for the internal structures. It supports the circulation body fluids, and assists in keeping the smooth muscle fibres in our intestines supple and strong.
Tension in these pressure mechanisms inhibit this inner motion and can cause symptoms such as abdominal bloating, constipation, heartburn, pressure headaches, and back pain.
If your ebb and flow is feeling too ebb or too flow, I can assist you in regaining a balanced and lively inner motility.