Forget everything you have heard about proper breathing!
Good breathing enables you to perform at your full potential in a healthy way. Poor breathing can be associated with a variety of health problems and lead to severe performance limitations and fatigue. But how do you tell the difference between good and bad breathing, and how do you find the right breathing?
Inhalation is active, exhalation should be passive. The inhalation that follows a passive exhalation is normally triggered by a reflex in the brainstem caused by carbon dioxide receptors and takes place completely unconsciously. This "reflexive breathing process" ensures that we do not overbreathe. This ensures the sufficient availability of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the body. CO2 is a prerequisite for a multitude of vital chemical processes.
The assessment of breathing can therefore never be based on ATEMMECHANICS alone. Whether someone breathes with the chest or the abdomen, deep or shallow, fast or slow, or in any other way, may be important in the performance of specific activities, but this alone cannot be used to comprehensively judge whether the breathing is good or bad. This can only be said if ATEMCHEMICS is considered at the same time.
DIDACTIC CAPNOGRAPHY was developed for this purpose. With its help, it is possible to work on the "right breathing" for the most diverse requirements and situations. Breathing habits that have been learned and consolidated over the course of a lifetime can be identified, their effects on health and performance analysed and, if necessary, changed by learning better breathing habits.