Hi! I had my first SLP session today and we worked on basic breathing in and out using my abdomen and making a sound. When you do this you should totally disengage the throat, neck and shoulders. When you breath in big now stop…see how your throat is tensed up? Yep, that's happening inside too including your vocal cords and you end up sore and raw.
Instead, when you inhale through your nose make your belly round. This is forcing the diaphragm down and pulling air straight down the line. Shhhhh through closed teeth while pulling your abdomen in when exhaling. This uses the diaphragm to push air out. When done correctly the neck and throat are relaxed.
I was told to practice 2-3 times a day sitting and walking. Next time we will do a different thing with stairs and the dreaded windex.