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Review of Breathing for Peak Performance

By Bethany Bentley, Human Kinetics

What do others think about the anatomical information and exercises related to improving functional breathing in Breathing for Peak Performance? In a review published in the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science (Volume 24, Number 3, September 2020) Gigi Berardi, dance critic and writer, wrote:

 

Breathing for Peak Performance, is full of effective exercises—over 30 for understanding the anatomy of breathing, including related skeletal function and movement as well as training the muscles that assist with breathing. These include visualizing the diaphragm, imagining the movement of the diaphragm, feeling the movement of the abdominal wall, visualizing the movement of the pelvic floor, shaking the diaphragm to increase circulation and proprioception, stretching your diaphragm, elastic sternum and rib cartilages, spiraling [the] lungs, and jumping with your breath…

 

Fully illustrated with highly detailed and imaginative illustrations and photographs, this compact text is highly useful. Franklin invites the reader to choose ‘two or three of the exercises…and practice them for a few minutes every day.’ He maintains that performing such exercises is one of the most important activities we can do to develop movement skills and improve health. This book, packed with information and practical suggestions, is recommended for practitioners and educators alike.”

 

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Bethany Bentley

Bethany has built her career at Human Kinetics, focusing most recently on acquiring products in dance and health education. Outside of work, she enjoys biking, running, and reading. She also enjoys spending time with her family.