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Diaphragmatic Breathing Exercise Print

 

Diaphragmatic Breathing Exercise

Purpose:  
The purpose of this exercise is to facilitate diaphragmatic breathing for voice and speech production.  Diaphragmatic breathing pattern is considered to be the most efficient breathing pattern and prevents tension in the upper thorax that can hinder smooth and easy voicing and speech.

Instructions:
1. Lie down on a mat or bed.
2. Place a book on your abdomen, and place one had on the book. Place your other hand on your chest.  (Figure 1).
3. Inhale and exhale gently. Feel the abdomen/book rising as you inhale, and falling down as you exhale.  (Figure 2). The movements should be passive.
4. There should be minimal movement in your chest area.  Make sure that there is no active movement of the chest and shoulder muscles.
5. Do this exercise  for a few minutes or until you get used to the pattern.
 
Variations/Transitions:
Once you are comfortable with this way of breathing, you can try to inhale on a count of three and exhale on a count of three.  Make sure that you do not hold your breath in between inhalation and exhalation.   Then, you can try to inhale/exhale on a count of five (5) and so on.
Once this breathing pattern is established in a lying down position, try this exercise while in a seating and standing position.  It helps to start with exhalation first to get into the rhythm and prevent active movement in the shoulder and chest areas.  You may keep one hand on the chest and one hand on the abdomen to monitor movement during breathing.   
Then slowly incorporate this breathing pattern with voicing/speech.  First, instead of exhaling passively, prolong the sound “ssss” or “shhhh” as you exhale.  Then, you can use diaphragmatic breathing while producing vowel prolongations, then rote speech (counting, days of the week), phrases, and sentences.

 

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