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1)physical characteristics of chest breathing induced by the abnormal tension in the facial muscles 2)facial expressions driven by the negative psychological states
2018.03.02

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Chest breathing caused by one's tendency to dominate one's body

1)physical characteristics of chest breathing induced by the abnormal tension in the facial muscles

2)facial expressions driven by the negative psychological states  

Chest breathing is prevalent in the contemporary world; it is the technical term that depicts shallow breathing, which induces chronic tensions in the neck, the shoulders, and the chest. Various factors cause thoracic breathing, and the tensed facial muscle group is one of the primary factors, which appears with compressed lips.

1)physical characteristics of chest breathing induced by the abnormal tension in the facial muscles

In the natural state of the body, lips perform, in conjunction with the nose, a crucial role as the leading path in breathing. Breathing through the mouth is cohesively connected to the diaphragmatic breathing, which drives the body to move in any positions by inflating the back muscles to pull the abdomen upward during inhalation. By contrast, breathing through the nose is linked to the abdominal breathing, which stabilizes the body by inflating the abdomen downward to relax all body parts but the organs and muscles associated with the respiratory system. However, human movement is a series of complexity, and hence breathing is continued in a flexible way, not entirely dedicated one of those techniques.

The tendency to unconsciously tighten lips, combined with a misunderstanding of the breathing mechanism, impairs the balance of the body. The tensed facial muscles set the nose as the only path of respiration which consists of one inhalation and one exhalation. Technically, this setting likely inclines to the abdominal breathing, which is much slower than the diaphragmatic breathing to obtain enough oxygen to generate the same amount of energy and thus does not fit active movements, which requires continual weight shifting from one place to another place like walking, running, jumping, and rolling. As human movement is complicated, the rigid facial muscles necessarily impede energy supply; therefore, shallow and frequent breathing is followed to compensate the lack of power.

To avoid moving with the pernicious thoracic breathing flow, one should take a deep breath until oxygen naturally inflates the stomach when breathing through the nose; however, the speed of the half abdominal breathing cannot be fast enough to retain the momentum of continuous movements without the help of the mouth and lips. Furthermore, taking a deep breath through the nose naturally links to abdominal breathing, which alleviates the intensity of movements. In fact, breathing through the nose without the help of the mouth and lips can lead diaphragmatic breathing to support dynamic actions in velocity only when one is capable of switching breathing techniques according to one's need and intention.

2)facial expressions driven by the negative psychological states  

Facial expressions directly present the mental state, and the compressed lips appear to inhibit the spontaneous reactions derived from the body, which represent the negative psychological state such as distrust, anxiety, fear, fury, gravity, and obsession. The abnormal tension in the facial muscles is the reflection of one's state of mind and thereby can be naturally eased in one's attempt to overcome one's unnecessary negativity; and, it is critical to reviving the inherent creativity rooted in one's body. Creativity is the constant desire to satisfy the individual's independent and distinguishable needs for survival as the individual. And the individual's body is the place where generates the requirements of its own until the end of its life. Hence, the genuine creativity rooted in one's body naturally manifests itself with one's spontaneous movements.

 

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