This article, again in ABMP’s Massage and Bodywork, by Christy Cael was a very simple reminder of how our respiration muscles and thoracic and abdominal cavities are separate, but they are only as separate as all the other organs and systems of the human body. The human body’s all connected! She even says, “Proper function of the breathing mechanism depends on the mobility of all sides of the rib cage and the abdominal cavity, as well as coordinated activation of the diaphragm and associated breathing muscles.”. She, of course, even demonstrated one technique that emphasized how we massage therapists can help our patients get, and stay, healthy by increasing the volume of our respiratory muscles and organs.


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