A lot of you know what the FMS (Functional Movement Screen) is and odds are that many of you have been taken through the screen, if you don’t know or haven’t been through it get in touch with one of us to set up some time to do so. Recently one of the creators of the FMS released a couple of videos that covered a lot of different areas but one in particular that I found reached further than what was talked about in the video was breathing. Breathing is an essential part of our life, if we don’t do it or if we can’t do it then, well, we die.
Our bodies are pretty amazing pieces of equipment, if everything is built properly and there are no other issues getting in the way of it’s proper functions and processes then it is pretty remarkable at keeping itself relatively safe. The body has many different built in mechanisms to protect itself from being harmed or damaged. Touch something hot and you instantly pull your hand away, if you trip on something (hopefully) you react quick enough to catch your balance and don’t fall on your face, look at something really bright (the sun) and you squint and look away, and so on. Breathing can be looked at as a similar response to a stimulus, but, in many cases it takes a little more thought and conscious effort to recognize.
I know that in classes or while working with clients I have mentioned “Take it to a point that is comfortable and tolerable, don’t overdue it and force yourself into a position” usually in reference to a particular stretch. You should never force yourself into a position during a stretch or movement pattern that either creates pain, or that you cannot comfortably breath in. A couple quotes by Gray Cook in the video mentioned above are “If you can’t breathe in that position, you can’t survived in that position” and “If breathing is good then usually movement integrity is good”.