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Recover From Stuttering - The Value of Diaphragmatic Breathing When Speaking

Newsletter 41: July 2013

One of the major components of speech fluency is the need to breathe effectively. Without air, there is no voice. This life-giving force is the first dynamic in the process of using the Ezy-Speech technique.

Most people are shallow breathers. This means that you are using only the upper portion of the chest for respiration instead of making use of the diaphragm and the entire mid-torso region to support your air supply. Our diaphragm is a muscular partition that separates our chest from our abdominal cavity. Its primary function is to support breathing.

To find your diaphragm, place your hands under your rib cage and cough. Did you feel that muscle kick out?

With diaphragmatic breathing, it is not a matter of taking a huge breath but rather a deep breath. That deep breath is healthier because it sends more oxygen to the brain which means that our body is able to rid our blood of nasty toxins. Shallow breathing, on the other hand, actually increases the toxins which results in an increase in stress.

Why is diaphragmatic breathing so important when using your fluency technique? Deep, supported breathing allows you to take control of your nervousness and put it to good use. That wonderful rush of adrenaline makes you more alert and more focused in your delivery. Breathing with the support of your diaphragm is a vital part of the Ezy-Speech technique. You will be amazed at how much better you feel - more confident and more in control of your fluency.

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started." - Mark Twain

Ezy-Speech Affirmation of the Month

I NOW CHOOSE TO LIVE LIFE FULLY.

I give myself permission to be all that I can be and I deserve the very best in life.

The Ezy-Speech Team


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