A few days ago I saw a client for the first time, when I asked why he had decided to see me, he told me that his doctor had told him he had to learn to breathe. It sounds strange? For most people it is, after all, the first thing we do at birth is to breathe and nobody has to tell us how to do it, there are no schools where we go to learn how to breathe (which is a pity). But ultimately what most people think is: if we were not breathing we would be dead so we can't be doing so badly. I imagine that the expression of my client when he listened to his doctor must have been similar to the one I see every time someone asks me what I do and my answer is "I teach people to breathe."
So, do you think it is possible to "learn" to breathe? Do you think we can "train" ourselves to breathe better?
Let's review some interesting facts about breathing. The average person can hold their breath for 30 seconds, with training they can do it for much longer, the current record holder is Alexei Segura Vendrell with 24 minutes and 3 seconds *. Amazing? Definitely! But before considering a career as a breath-holding competitor, you should know that experts consider repetitive breath-holding has negative long-term effects on the body.
The world record in breath-holding has increased 600% in the last 100 years, in comparison the world record in 100 meters races has only increased 10% in the same period of time.
However, experts believe that improvements in physical training alone can't fully explain the incredible increase in world records. Much of the improvement is attributable to the mind, assisted by relaxation and meditation techniques. I think we can definitely conclude that if it is possible to train ourselves and learn to breathe better. But the key is to breathe optimally, our physical, mental and emotional quality of life will benefit.
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* Source Guinness World Records.
Where: CORNELLÀ, BARCELONA, SPAIN
When: February 28, 2016