1)The characteristics of the enforced exhalation caused by holding one’s breath to the limitation
2)How the enforced exhalation affect the kinetic chain
3)Case #1: How the incomplete contact with the ground weakens the connectivity of the body
4)Case #2: The importance of improving overall physicality
1)Holding one’s breath to the limitation of one’s respiratory capacity while dancing is prevalent among the dancers, and this tendency appears noticeably as one’s movements become faster and thus generate more kinetic energy. In doing so, one instinctively chooses to maintain the balance by holding one’s breath; because inhalation induces the contraction in abdominal muscles which works to stabilize the body in motion. Hence, one can temporarily prolong the state of being balanced while holding one’s breath; however, inevitably, it causes the enforced exhalation accompanied by the explosive relaxation unintended. Thereby, one cannot avoid being off balance momentarily and losing concentration in restoring the physical stability.
In short, the prolonged state of holding one’s breath, the enforced exhalation, and being off balance constitute the pattern in which the abnormal breathing flow disrupts the physical balance of the body in motion. During the involuntary exhalation, the body is instantly loosened and sharply collapsed due to the lack of oxygen, and it induces the sudden compression on itself with the weight of its own. Hence, the subsequent inhalation must quickly take place to prevent the body from falling downward. However, the body cannot intake enough oxygen to support itself through a short inhalation because the forced exhalation cannot be deep enough to empty lungs entirely. The shortage of oxygen repeatedly prompts the artificial tension over the body to continue moving, and the tensed body apart from the organic breathing flow aggregates the internal energy circulation by inhibiting the natural abdominal movements associated with respiration.
2)The body sustains itself by balancing of inflows and outflows to maintain the state of equilibrium; hence, breathing, which initiates all types of movements, takes a decisive role in leading the energy circulation. For instance, after taking a deep breath or holding one’s breath lengthily, the subsequent exhalation is naturally deeper than usual in restoring the balance; this process of opening the body can take place quickly or slowly, depending on the next moves. And one’s capability of controlling the velocity and depth of exhalation for one’s purposes in the given situation is the essence of maintaining the appropriate oxygen level, which ensures the physical balance of one’s body while moving. Especially, the human body in the upright standing posture is susceptible to the gravitational force; this erected position imposes the spine to support most of the body weight at all time. Therefore, the state of being out of the physical balance of the body in motion increases the gravitational stress on the spine. On that point, one’s incapability of regulating one’s breathing movements perniciously erodes the connectivity of the kinetic chain. The interaction between the body and the contact surface enables the body to move as it is. And the spine allows the energy generated by breathing movements to flow upward and downward. In doing so, foot movements are determined by how the spine transfers the kinetic energy down to the ground; thus, the mobility of feet is entirely dependent on how feet contact the ground. For instance, when the spine is in problematic conditions, most of the body weight necessarily remains over the upper body due to the impaired mobility of the kinetic chain; hence, it prompts the unnatural or abnormal weight distribution on feet. Besides, the human foot contains three arches which sustain itself by the pressure compressed with the weight above, which means that the foot can function well as it is with the body weight continually pressing downward unless the foot movements cannot avoid becoming monotonous and eventually being incapable of delivering the force upward.
3)Case #1 The chronic pain in one’s spine paradoxically increases one’s dependency on the upper body to dance. The rapid upper body circling movement with static feet that one exhibits very frequently characterizes one’s style of dancing, and two factors drive this unique way; one’s robust vitality and one’s need for avoiding pain. To immerse in the intense circling motions, one habitually holds one’s breath; because the back pain can be mitigated by maintaining the tension in abdominal and back muscles, which fix the spine rigidly in place while moving dynamically. And the artificially prolonged tension in the upper body is inevitably transmitted to the lower body from gluteus to feet, which impairs the natural weight shifting downward with exhaling; because the body naturally becomes relaxed and pulled downward with its weight during exhalation. As the body runs out of oxygen, the abdominal tension is heightened to maintain the physical state induced by holding one’s breath. And the location of the center of gravity remains high in the upper body due to one’s poor breathing techniques, especially for exhalation to transfer weight down onto feet while in motion; therefore, feet cannot achieve full contact with the ground, and the mobility of the feet is restricted. Furthermore, the unstable contact with the ground causes the abnormal weight distribution over the body which exacerbates the condition of the spine. In conclusion, alleviating the pain in one’s back has the highest priority to break the vicious circle.
-In the lying on the back position, the total relaxation can be achieved by the abdominal breathing. Inhaling through the nose inflates the belly, and all body parts, except the core muscles associated with respiration, can fully relax.
-Rounding the back inward at any posture increases the joint spaces between vertebrae, which is the effective motion to stimulate blood circulation and to promote better postures.
-Moving in the face-down dog position with the organic breathing flow enhances exhalation and strengthens the full body naturally.
-The diaphragmatic breathing provides the foundation of human movement in motion thus improving this breathing technique is vital for movers regardless of disciplines.
4)Case #2 One’s low level of overall physicality is the primary factor exacerbating the habit of holding one’s breath while dancing. Due to the lack of power, one’s breathing movements generate less energy than average dancers do. However, one’s energy is mostly used to stiffen the neck and the shoulder; above all, the tension in the neck and the shoulder impedes the natural energy transfer and therefore weakens the connectivity of the kinetic chain continually. For instance, one’s lower body is very loose and inactive especially while dancing, whereas, the arm movements are more vital, considering one’s overall condition. Hence, one’s movements are necessarily cautious to inhibit the explosive exhalation, which may cause the collapse of one’s body. In doing so, one’s concentration cannot last long enough to complete the phrase over 2 minutes. Currently, one’s body merely sustains itself, which means that there is no sufficient strength for extra expressions but survival.
In principle, the basis of dance is the individual’s free movements toward attaining total freedom of the individual. And freedom is the concept that the human being can eventually pursue in full concentration after fulfilling its requirements for survival. In conclusion, improving one’s overall health is the most critical task to continue one’s professional career.
-Relaxation is the physical condition in which the body does not generate kinetic energy against the gravitational force; therefore, this state only can be accomplished when accepting gravity as the unconditional force pulling the body downward. The body naturally becomes relaxed and bent forward and downward when breathing out. Thus, having a problem with exhalation represents the mental state of resisting against a force of nature. However, the human body is a part of nature, which only can sustain itself with raw of nature. Hence, improving the relaxing technique is the first step to recover the weakened body.
-Hiking is the best way to enhance endurance and the respiratory ability. While walking up the heel, all parts of the foot are activated, and active foot movements stimulate and revive the kinetic chain.