Belly Breaths

By Kelly Dean

The Transverse abdominis muscle activates initially when we forcefully exhale. The lungs expand as we inhale pushing the diaphragm down and encouraging the belly to expand slightly. On a forceful exhale (like a shhh, a cough, a laugh or even singing), the belly draws up and in as the diaphragm moves up to push the air out of the lungs. Diastasis rehab uses the natural connection between a forceful exhale and the activation of your transverse abdominis. In this lesson, we will expand on this essential concept and demonstrate how it works so you can feel it as well.