Just the other day, I heard about a fellow trombonist's blog called "The Breathing Blog." Being curious I stared poking around and found this video on the importance of rib movement.
"Ribs are designed to move by virtue of their attachment to the sternum via the costal cartilage and their attachment to the spine via joints. The costal cartilage is spongy and flexible, allowing the ribs to swing up and out. In fact, when the ribs swing up and out upon inhalation, they twist the cartilage, storing energy in the cartilage. When we exhale, the energy is released, in a phenomenon known as elastic recoil."
In my work with musicians in my Feldenkrais Practice, I often run across clients who keep their chests still while they breathe. There is an insidious myth among some teacher that in order to "breathe properly, one should only breathe in the abdominal cavity" and to keep the chest still. This can cause a myriad of problems including limiting lung capacity, soreness in the neck and shoulders and even problems with hands and arms. The lessons in the DMS deal with rib movement so I'm glad to see that there are others out there spreading good information.
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If you have any specific questions or comments on breathing and posture, send me e-mail and I’ll try to respond in a future blog. Until then, breathe well!