It has already been mentioned, in other sections, that breath rate and heart beat rate, are linked, by the Recovery Rate. The Recovery Rate is the time that the body takes to come back to its normal breathing and heart rate condition. This can be put into very good use, by people participating in physical exercise, of every sort, from running to rowing. By control in the breath rate and making it operate efficiently, the Recovery Rate may be greatly improved.
As people get older the Recovery Rate increases in the length of time, that it takes to come back to its normal operation. Some of the reason for this is caused by people starting to breathe badly, due to lack of exercise and also allowing the abdominal muscles to become loose. If one practices these techniques, then the Recovery Rate can be significantly shortened. This I have found true for everyone who has ever practised the basic breathing technique, however old and what ever other ailments they possess.
When practised for some time, these Exercises also effect the operation of the heart itself. A great many people have 'thready' pulses, this meaning that the heart beats fast but doesn't pump much blood at each heartbeat. After several weeks of training, the heart starts to change its own modus operandi. Instead of the more rapid beat, it becomes slower and the pulse is far more noticeable when it is taken. On certain people, it is possible to see the pulse beating under the skin, at the wrist. This is because not only does the heart do so much less work but because the blood is better oxygenated. This allows the heart to complete a bigger but slower cycle of operation. This means better blood flow, throughout the body, because heart and lungs are not under the stress of trying to keep up with each other.
Slowing the breathing and heart rate down, also slows the Metabolic Rate. This is measured with an instrument called a High Amplitude Nodal Detector, (H.A.N.D.) and from this we can measure the students' progress. The slowing down of the Metabolic Rate, usually, starts from the commencement of this breathing training. Slowing the Metabolic Rate down helps with relaxation exercises but it is invaluable in allowing the body, to recover and rebuild itself. This also helps in the ageing process because a body metabolism running too fast, will bring about premature ageing. It also helps to keep the body far healthier in every aspect of its operation. Making the body work, in any form of exercise, stimulates and increases the metabolic rate. When the moving forms are learnt, then the slowing process can be continued whilst exercising, helping to keep the heart rate low and avoid body stress. With the Recovery Rate improved, the Metabolic Rate also slows down faster, so the body can repair itself more efficiently. This slowing process is also extremely useful for all aspects of everyday life and everyday living.
After the age of 25 years, the bones in the human body ossify (or harden). This causes the ribs, in the chest, to become far less mobile. This makes it necessary for us to use the diaphragm more effectively, so that we may breathe properly. Most people don't develop this simple technique and the majority of people breathe incorrectly, throughout their whole lives. This effectively means that they spend their whole lives, with their lungs and the heart, competing against each other. A great many people 'pant' when they take part in even minor exercise. This is because they are reliant on the ribs that used to move freely as a child, aiding oxygenation, occurring in the lungs. Unfortunately, these ribs have become stiffer and no longer can perform this breathing function, to the same degree.
'Panting' is a most inefficient form of breathing. When we pant the air is inhaled rapidly and exhaled rapidly, at anything up to 60 times a minute. This allows very little time for the gaseous exchanges, which occur in the lungs, to happen and the majority of the air goes no further than a third of the way down the lungs. This means that most of the lung contains mainly stale air and only part of it is used, anywhere near correctly. This is easily demonstrated by panting on a cold day. One can feel the cold air in the upper part of the chest only. Breathe correctly and the air can be felt right to the bottom of the lung. There is an incredible amount of difference between these two types of breathing. So learning these breathing exercises will educate your diaphragm so that it will perform to a far greater efficiency.
Women during pregnancy lose the use of part of their diaphragm because the baby pushes it upwards. When the baby is born, most often, this use does not return and women carry on breathing, as they did in the latter stages of pregnancy. This is extremely unhealthy and has a detrimental effect, causing many of the problems that arise, later, with the reproductive organs.