CALAIS-GERMAIN, Blandine (2006) Anatomy of breathing. Seattle, Eastland


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EVERY BREATHES, yet few of us understand how to consiciously control breathing to improve our well-being and the quality of many daily activities. Anatomy of Breathing is a clear and helpful guide to both the theory and practice of breathing in its many variations.

Hundreds of expert drawings along with easy-to-understand text help you explore just how breathing works. Once you`re acquainted with the principal organs, structures, and forces that affect breathing, you will learn how to control them to enhance the quality and variety of breathing in your own life. Along the way, you will also correct many common misconceptions about breathing

Anatomy of Breathing is filed with helpful practice pages. Here your will learn simple exercises to prepare your body for the benefits of different types of breathing. You will the be shown, step by step, how to practice  some of the most common and useful breathing techniques on your own.

Anatomy of Breathing is a unique and wonderful resource for anyone who wishes to understand the science and art of breathing, and how to make their own breathing better and more life-enhancing. 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
FOREWORD
PREFACE

CHAPTER 1 INITIAL OBSERVATION ABOUT THE ACT OF BREATHING

Internal Respiration-External respiration(Breathing)...Breathing at First Glace, Always the Same Movement...Two Types of Breathing...Respiratory Volumes...Rates of Breathing.

SECTION 1 ANATOMICAL PAGES

CHAPTER 2. THE SKELETON'S ROLE IN BREATHING

Boes Surrounding the Lungs..Thoracic "Cage": a Flexible Structure...Thoracic Cage as a Whole...Costal Arc and its Articulations...Ribs...Sternum...Spinal Column During Breathing...Pelvis...Shoulder Girdle...Cranial Bones.

CHAPTER 3. RESPIRATORY ORGANS

Lungs: Where Blood and Air Meet...Pulmonary Alveoli...Pleural Membrane: Double Envelope of the Lungs...Airway Passages.

CHAPTER 4 RESPIRATORY MUSCLES 

Muscles of Inspiration...Other Muscles of Inspirations of the Rib Cage...Muscles of Expiration.

CHAPTER 5 THE PRINCIPAL FORCES INVOLVED IN BREATHING

Muscles Act in Different Ways During Breathing...Pulmonary Elasticity: An Important Force in Breathing.

CHAPTER 6  FORCES AFFECTING RESPIRATORY VOLUMES

Forces Involved in Breathing of Tidal Volume...Forces Involved in Inspiratory Reserve Volume...Forces Involved in Expiratory Reserve Volume...Forces Involved in the Rate of Breathing.

CHAPTER 7 RELATIONSHIPS AMONG ANATOMICAL STRUCTURES INVOLVED IN BREATHING

Two Cavities that are Inseparable During Breathing...Respiratory Stops...Suspended Breaths.

CHAPTER 8 ANALYSIS OF THE PRINCIPAL TYPES OF BREATHING.

Diaphragmatic Breathing and its Variations...Costal Breathing and its Variations...Paradoxical Breathing...Two Mechanisms of Exhalation...Techniques for Decompressing the Abdominal Organs...Valsalva's  Method...The Sigh: Relaxing the Diaphragm.

SECTION 2 CHAPTER 9 PRACTICE PAGES

Preparing for Breathing Exercises...Diaphragmatic Inhalations...Costal Inhalation...Costal Exhalations...Abdominal Exhalations...Exercises for Respiratory Volumes.

CONCLUSION
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