The quality of respiration influences the quality of life and the possibilities of personal performance. Whether one is in good health or not, one’s manner of breathing is a key to better life.
The quantity and the quality of the movement of the air arriving to the vocal cords when singing or speaking is a determining factor for their stability and the quality of their reaction when producing a sound.
While observing the respiratory problems of many people, Carl Stough elaborated the principles of what he called "Breathing Coordination." He established a way of developing the simultaneous and optimal function of all the various muscles involved in respiration.
The goal of his work is to amplify and harmonize the movement of the diaphragm to restore respiratory function in its entirety. This work influences not only the functional state of the respiratory system, but also that of the entire person, by encouraging the possibility of increasing oxygen delivery to the body.
This approach brought about improvement, beyond what had been thought possible, in pulmonary illnesses in large American military hospitals.
This technique was used by the American track and field athletes who participated in the 1968 Olympics at high altitude in Mexico City.
This method has been used as a guide in matters of respiration and supporting techniques for musicians, actors, lecturers, businessmen and singers in all areas, as well as for many soloists of the Metropolitan Opera.
This work is useful for singers, public speakers, sport people and many others including those with chronic respiratory problems.
The results often are a new level of comfort, endurance and serenity. Also the level of improvement or sometimes full recovery from vocal injuries (nodules, oedema, bleeding, capillary irritation) that has been observed when using this work is quite impressive..