Learn to play the Harmonica
Wind instruments work wonders for your health. It relaxes and soothes the mind acting as a stress buster and improves concentration levels. Playing the harmonica has especially been helpful for people with asthmas and bronchitis.
The main reason why the harmonica works wonders for health is it shows how to breathe correctly. It is the only instrument that makes you inhale and exhale. This leads to increase lung capacity and oxygen. and oxygen storing capacity and better active red blood corpuscles.
You.change your breathe 20 times playing "Yankee Doodle Dandy". Playing one verse is the pulmonary equivalent of walking one-tenth of a mile.
Pursed-lip breathing when we inhale through the nose and exhale slowly through near closed lips while tightening abdominal muscles has long been used as physical therapy. When raising air in the airways, breathing that way can strengthen lungs, air sacs and reduce their risk of collapsing.
Our lungs work like bellows. Most people only use top third of their lungs. The amount of oxygen getting to the brain is decreased. Playing the harmonica also exercises the diaphragm and abdominal muscles. When you play the harmonica, you have to push out as much air as you can from the lungs, which means you have to squeeze with the lower rib cage. This exercise is helpful to those that have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease , emphysema, asthma and bronchitis because of pursed-lip breathing.
The harmonica was invented in 1821 by a 16-year clock maker , Christian L. Burchmann. It was called a mouth harp. He assembled 15 pitch pipes in a single four-inch wide instrument. Another clock maker, Matthias Horner first mass produced the mouth harp in 1857.
.There are also emotional benefits. Having a talent or a skill helps build both pride self-confidence
So play the harmonica and enjoy the timeless treasure of harmonica playing.