For this exercise start in a supine position. This is the easiest position in which to breathe
diaphragmatically. As with other exercises, this breathing exercise should be progressed to a functional position. Once clients reach proficiency in the supine position progress them to a seated position, and finally standing.
1. Assume the starting position. Either supine, seated, or standing.
2. Place your hands on your abdomen, or hold a water bottle on it so you can see or feel its movement.
3. Slowly inhale through your nose. Concentrate on using your diaphragm. Think about trying to push your abdominals out. With your hands feel the abdomen bulge out beneath them, or see the water bottle rise.
4. Exhale slowly through your nose or mouth.