Last week I posted part one of my thoughts on breathing, or better yet, the practice of. https://www.madlab.ca/mad-mobility-breathing-part-one.html. My goal here is to not overload anyone with a plethora of information, but merely guide an individual to consciously breathe, even if the only benefit is that it feels good.
It’s important to note that there are many effective practices that extend from a variety of methods and research. In particular I have been practicing a method of breathing through the Wim Hof Method. It’s become a staple in my daily practice, and something I know the mobility class attendees have come to expect.
Breathing is regulated by the autonomic nervous system. This system effectively runs many bodily functions without you having to think, or actively participate in doing. The amount of oxygen we intake directly influences the production of energy released in the cells. This is a chemical process that aids in the physiological activities in our bodies, life.
Lungs intake the oxygen. The oxygen is absorbed into the blood and this oxygen rich blood is carried to the cells. Oxygen is converted into carbon dioxide and water within the mitochondria. Mitochondria is an organelle that deals with the respiration and energy production that reside within the cell body. The demolition of nutrients is connected to the transference of oxygen, which results in the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate). ATP is able to store and transport energy to the cells. So if you want to move or think in any productive manner, you’ll need this stuff. And oxygen is an essential component of this biochemical process. So a lack of oxygen in the blood can result in a fairly acidic environment. There is nothing fun about an environment that lends itself open to disease.
The breathing practiced through the WHM has shown to increase the oxygen levels in the blood, as you’ll be actively consuming a lot of oxygen. The concentration of carbon dioxide lessens almost immediately and the ratio between the two in the blood changes. The high oxygen levels lend to a less acidic environment in the body, energy can be produced longer and more efficiently. These effects can last beyond just afterwards, and was noted in a study that oxygen consumption doubled after 45 minutes.
Increased energy production and an active practice to connect with a part of our nervous system; this sounds like a recipe for transforming the way we live and move.
Even if it just feels good, that’s simple. And if that’s too simple, then ya’ll don’t get the basics.
Emile Maxwell Connaughton