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This exercise is a simple one for mindful relaxation.
Sit or stand tall with your spine in neutral.
Wrap the exercise band around the lower part of your ribcage (just underneath your chest line) and cross it over at the front.
Start to breathe deep and full into the back and into the sides of your ribcage. Breathing in through your nose and gently out through your mouth.
Try to use your breath to get as much movement in your ribcage as possible. As you breathe in feel your ribs expand out to the side walls and into your band and as you breathe out feel your ribs narrow and draw away from the band.
Keep using your band for feedback throughout so that you feel the band stretch on your inhalation as your ribs expand. You should feel the band loosening slightly as your ribs gently compress on your exhalation. Engage your abdominal muscles as you exhale fully
Continue to breathe laterally so that you feel your ribcage expanding out to the sides and back as you breathe in, and then narrow and contract as you breathe out. Breathe with mindfulness and focus throughout
A step further…
Once you have mastered your breathing try and coordinate some movement with your breath Lie on your back in your neutral position and focus on your breathing. As you breathe out extend one leg forward until your leg is straight, and as you breathe in bend your leg back in again. Keep your pelvis still throughout.