The One Thing That Will Dramatically Change How Your Clients Stand, Move, and Feel

Did you know that belly breathing can actually perpetuate chronic tightness and abdominal weakness?

Welcome to the third edition of Integrative Movement Insider™ for 2019.

Jenice and I hope you had a great weekend and you’re actively pursuing your 2019 goals!

I’m sure if you work with older clients and the general population, a day won’t pass where you’ll have several clients mentioning that they feel ‘tight’ even despite doing their self-myofascial release, stretches, and/or doing yoga.

And they may feel great directly after getting a massage or chiropractic treatment but soon after their treatment – sometimes hours, sometimes a day or two later – they’re right back to experiencing the same ole’ feeling of being ‘tight.’


Yes, some clients just need to be more consistent with their self-care – self-myofascial release and corrective exercise.

And yes, many clients need to move more frequently throughout the day to counteract the sedentary lifestyle.

And may individuals would benefit from having a regular massage or chiropractic care.

However, the thing that we consistently discover in our clients who most often mention that they feel tight, is that they need to improve how they’re breathing.

Breathing is such an important part of posture and movement that I dedicated an entire chapter to the benefits of three-dimensional breathing in my book The Psoas Solution.

How does breathing benefit the body and reduce chronic tightness?

Three-dimensional breathing reduces chronic tightness and improves mobility by:

  • Improving mobility of the thorax (thoracic spine and rib cage) and lumbar spine.
  • Mobilizing the organs within the thoracic and pelvic cavities thereby improving overall mobility of the shoulders, trunk, spine, pelvis, and hips.
  • Making the breathing process more efficient thereby reducing the need to overuse the accessory muscles of respiration like the pectoralis minor and SCM.
  • Regulating internal pressure which thereby stabilizes the core without needing excessive bracing or gripping of the muscles that restrict mobility of the rib cage, spine and pelvis.
  • Up-regulating the parasympathetic nervous (allowing rest, digest, and repair to occur) and down-regulates the sympathetic nervous system (fight, flight, and increased stress response).

This is exactly how we teach breathing as part of our Integrative Movement System™ Approach to Posture and Movement Certification Programs.

And it’s not belly breathing – in fact, belly breathing will create and perpetuate chronic breathing issues and tightness.

I’ll discuss why belly breathing perpetuates chronic issues and how to teach optimal breathing so that you can help your client’s achieve greater mobility, decrease chronic tightness, and improve their posture.

I was on Facebook Live yesterday sharing The Integrative Movement System™ Approach to breathing so that you can help your clients improve mobility, improve their posture and movement while reducing chronic tightness and even stress.

And if you’re not on Facebook no worries….all videos are uploaded onto our website (The Institute for Integrative Health and Fitness Education – and YouTube channels (Fitness Education Seminars).

You can also check out our Instagram page at @iifhe as we send out tons of free video content and motivation there as well.

Make it a great day!

Evan, Jenice, and the Team at IIHFE

P.S. If you’re looking to develop yourself into an industry expert and help more individuals with chronic tightness, discomfort, and/or the inability to do things at the levels they need and/or want, then consider joining us at one of our intensive coaching program this year.

When you enroll in an intensive coaching program like The Integrative Movement System™ Approach to Posture and Movement Certification Programs, you will discover:

  • The best assessments and what the information is telling you and how to use it to guide your decision making and exercise programs.
  • The most appropriate and effective corrective exercises to help your clients develop more optimal and efficient posture and movement habits.
  • How to integrate this information into the fundamental movement patterns your clients need to do to successfully – and safely – achieve their goals.

The Integrative Movement System™ Approach to Posture and Movement works for our patients, it worked for my friend and colleague Kevin who works with some of the greatest golfers in the world, and it works for the hundreds of health and fitness professionals who we’ve successfully coached through our Certification Programs.

We are committed to helping you make 2019 your best year ever as a health and fitness professional!