101 about Breathing


Since we are called Breathe, and breathing is the most fundamental principle of Pilates, we’ve decided to delve slightly deeper into the mechanics of breathing. You would think that something so essential to life would come naturally, but like everything else, most of us have deviated a long way from it.


The diaphragm is a parachute-shaped muscle that allows your lungs to move up and down in unison with breathing. Your diaphragm will often control whether or not the rest of your upper body muscles are connecting properly to your abs, and then down towards your hips . If you tend to arch your lower back a lot, think of your obliques and diaphragm as the muscles that control and counteract the arch of the low back and help pull you away from this extension.

Breathing without use of the diaphragm results in an overutilisation of the accessory muscles namely the scalenes…

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