It’s impossible to perform abdominal breathing while wearing a tight or restrained corset. Why, you ask?
Movement of the rib cage is required to produce the (increase in volume) correct breathing patterns for any vocalization.
The sound (voice) is made by vibrating the vocal chords which is composed of muscle and mucosa. The breath is what vibrates the vocal chords.
The process of inhalation and exhalation, which is referred to as breathing on the whole, is managed by the diaphragm.
If you would like to reference an earlier discussion, explaining the diaphragm in more detail – Click here: here.
This experiment proved that the movement of the rib cage is important for maximum movement of the diaphragm.
Many people still believe that “abdominal breathing means that you are putting air into the abdominal area.”
Abdominal breathing is the process of expanding your abdominal area and make the diaphragm lower. Abdominal breathing, diaphragmatic breathing, belly breathing or deep breathing is breathing that is done by contracting the diaphragm. Drawing air into the lungs in a way which will expand the stomach and not the chest. Breathe deep into your lungs, flexing your diaphragm rather than breathing shallowly by flexing your rib cage. The lung expansion being lower (inferior) on the body as opposed to higher up (superior), is referred to as “deep breathing” and the higher lung expansion of rib cage breathing is referred to as “shallow.” Deep breathing allows one to take normal breaths while maximizing the amount of oxygen that goes into the bloodstream, which triggers the body’s normal relaxation response. It is considered by many, to be a healthier way to breathe and a fuller way to ingest oxygen. It is often used as a therapy for hyperventilation. Practiced regularly, it can lead to the relief or prevention of symptoms commonly associated with stress, which may include high blood pressure, headaches, stomach conditions, depression and anxiety. Most importantly, proper breathing from the diaphragm, has proven to be essential to great singing.
When compared to someone who has the ability to move the costovertebral joint smoothly (which is relevant to increasing the chest in volume) I observed a clear difference in the term and frequency of breathing.
A good quality voice can improve significantly, in producing high-pitched sounds and long tones, if the expiratory pressure increases as well as increased breathing quantity.
I would like you to practice and show that you have a great speaking or singing voice, by expanding your chest.