The following video is a demonstration of how breathing mechanics affect the large intestine (colon). On average the corners of the colon lift about 3 cm with every breath and up to 10 cm with a full expansive breath! In order to “move the poo through” you need diaphragmatic mobility as well as peristalsis (the wave-like movement of the intestines). If you don’t expand the ribcage at all, you’re not taking advantage of this natural built-in synergistic design.

how breathing helps colon

…not really, please don’t think of my head as a polyp.


The blue snake looking thing is the colon.


Oh, and check out how all the viscera move with the breath in this video!
Need additional help with your breathing mechanics?  #1 Drop the ribs! (just stop holding them up) #2 The following Alignment Snacks focus on opening the shoulder girdle and relaxing the neck. Shoulder and neck tension can interfere with proper breathing, so check out A Real Pain in the Neck, Everyone Needs a Little Shoulder Bolster, Rhomboid Madness, Within Reach and Take a Load of the Chest.  #3 Get a belly massage or Visceral Manipulation Therapist who has completed VM4 (the Thorax).  Abdominal massage can help relax the diaphragm and encourage intestinal motility. #4 Become an Alignment Monkey Patron where I teach self-care techniques and massage for reproductive and digestive health.


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