Uplift the right rib cage region.

Caution: Breathing exercises presented here are not for people with osteoporosis, osteopenia, or fragile bones. If you have a history of tumors, pneumothorax, or hemothorax, you will need to seek medical advice and/or supervision prior to performing any breathing exercises.

Purpose: To expand the right rib cage (note: not usually necessary for the left rib cage).

Schedule: Perform Breathing Exercise Stages 1 - 3 together in one session.

Start: Begin by sitting down in a comfortable, upright position with your feet placed firmly on the ground.

Step 1: Place your left and right hands as follows:

Left Hand: Fingers firmly on the lowest right rib, and lift upward.
Right Hand: Fingers underneath lower edge of right ribcage, and push inward.

Step 2: Breathe in and out 5 times, inhaling more deeply each time.

Step 3: Keeping hands in same position, slightly side-bend your torso to the left, and then backward.