Coincidence can lead to remarkable discoveries. With the Ryôsuke Method, breathing takes centre stage, while exercise is secondary
This remarkable discovery came about when actor Miki Ryôsuke devised a set of simple exercises to strengthen his lower back and alleviate back pain. He was 64 years old and by no means an avid exercise enthusiast. However, he soon found that just a few minutes a day of simple exercises combined with prolonged and synchronized breathing not only eased his back pain but also contributed to significant weight loss. In no time, he shed 13 kilograms and reduced his waistline by 12 centimetres. Thus, this weight loss technique centred on breathing control became known as the Ryôsuke Method.
Correct breathing is the cornerstone of any physical exercise. Deep, prolonged breaths activate the diaphragm and lead to increased oxygen intake, which helps burn body fat. A study published in the British Medical Journal revealed that 80% of body fat is expelled through breathing in the form of carbon dioxide, hydrogen, and oxygen, the three elements that make up fat. Therefore, proper oxygenation during exercise both strengthens muscles and aids in fat burning.
The Ryôsuke Method builds upon this fundamental understanding of breathing as a metabolic accelerator by incorporating another crucial element: posture. Ryôsuke’s technique involves adopting specific body positions designed to optimize breathing efficiency and maximize muscle engagement.
One such posture involves standing with one leg behind the other, positioning the front foot perpendicular to the back foot. The body leans back, maintaining a straight line, with 90% of the body weight resting on the back leg. Arms should be at the sides with buttocks fully clenched to support the lower back. While holding this posture, begin the Ryôsuke Method’s prolonged breathing technique by taking a deep breath in for three seconds. Simultaneously, raise your arms above your head until parallel to your ears. This is followed by a controlled exhalation that lasts seven seconds, activating all the muscles in the body.
This controlled exhalation consists of two phases; the first should last about three seconds and involves expelling the air forcefully. The second phase is slower and more controlled, allowing all the remaining air to be released.
For optimal results, Ryôsuke recommends repeating this exercise and breathing combo for 2 to 10 minutes every day.