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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Technical Tuesday Diaphragm

Technical Tuesday Diaphragm

The word “diaphragm” comes from the Greek diáphragma that means partition. The thoracic diaphragm is a dome shaped muscle that acts as the main player in respiration. It separates the chest (thorax) from the abdomen. The diaphragm can be more specifically described as follows :

Structurally, the diaphragm consists of two parts: the peripheral muscle and central tendon. The peripheral muscle is made up of many radial muscle fibers – originating on the ribs, sternum, and spine – that converge on the central tendon. The central tendon – a flat aponeurosis made of dense collagen fibers – acts as the tough insertion point of the muscles. When air is drawn into the lungs, the muscles in the diaphragm contract, and pull the central tendon inferiorly into the abdominal cavity. This enlarges the thorax and allows air to inflate the lungs.” http://www.innerbody.com/image/musc06.html

Most people become familiar with this muscle (whether they know it or not) when they have hiccups. This is when the diaphragm contracts involuntarily due to certain irritations like eating or drinking too fast.

Dancers can use this muscle for a good cause: the sensation of pressing the diaphragm down can reduce or eliminate “butterflies” before and/or during a performance.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Anatomical Secret #26kk:

“The diaphragm is a dome shaped muscle that separates the chest from the abdomen.” 

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Quote of the Day:
“Breath is the finest gift of nature. Be grateful for this wonderful gift.”
Amit Ray, Beautify your Breath - Beautify your Life

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