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Anatomy of Breathing [Paperback]

Calais-Germain

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Blandine Calais-Germains Anatomy of Breathing gives readers a better understanding of how breathing changes spontaneously from moment to moment. Calais-Germain describes how to consiously control your own breathing to improve your overall well-being and improve daily life. Illustrated. Softcover, 232 pages.


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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, interesting and to the point Jan. 17 2008
By Erifili I. Nikolakopoulou - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is well written and interesting.
The anatomy of the breath is explained in layman's terms and illustrated so that even a child could understand its basic concept.

The book chapters are:
1. Initial observations about the act of breathing
2. The skeleton's role in breathing
3. Respiratory organs
4. Respiratory muscles
5. The principal forces involved in breathing
6. Forces affecting respiratory volumes
7. Relationships among anatomical structures involved in breathing
8. Analysis of the principal types of breathing
9. Practice pages

Practice pages include exercises for lamaze, costal, diaphragmatic and abdominal breathing amongst others.

Strongly recommend it to people involved in body work teaching. Even if you already know this stuff, the book may help you find ways to explain it to your classes more simply. At least this is what it helped me for.
33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Breathing Beginning Dec 27 2008
By Ann L. Rodiger - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As a teacher of the F. M. Alexander Technique I am always looking for good resources and material about breathing for my students and teacher trainees. I found this book to be very helpful in sparking discussion about breathing and how to think about breathing mechanics. The drawings are generally very helpful although I found that the arrows are sometimes confusing and unclear.

Many techniques and types of breathing are presented in the book which are wonderful to explore. It would be great if there was more of a point of view about the best and optimal breathing coordination.

My experience is that when breathing is optimal the breath comes in and out by itself and no sucking or pushing is necessary on either the inhale or the exhale. When one works too hard to breathe it shortens the neck and basically pulls the whole body down -- thus restricting the breathing potential. Basically one has get out of the way and allow the breathing to take place. It would be great to hear about that option in the book.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional clarity Jan. 25 2009
By Dominika Gaines - Published on Amazon.com
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Blandine-Calais has again written a book of exceptional clarity: the descriptions of the body parts related to respiration and the exercises given are simple, clear and easy to follow, yet bring a depth of understanding to the reader.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for gaining an understanding of the breath Jan. 27 2011
By L. King - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a yoga anatomy teacher and purchased this book to use for reference material when teaching the anatomy of the breath. The illustrations are good, although not as detailed as most books. The author breaks down the concepts of respiration into language that's easy to understand. I'm only giving this 4 stars because I would have enjoyed just a bit more detail. Definitely worth investing in though!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best book ever May 15 2010
By Boaz Nahaissi - Published on Amazon.com
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must have book if you deal with bodywork in all shaps
cant stop read it- don't wait just buy it
helped me understand and teach gyrotonic and gyrokinesis and pilates too

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