Something is blocking the normal in and out movement of the diaphragm – here are several ways – not all will help everyone – so I have put them in order that will always work. Give all a try and concentrate on less, not more breathing.
Stuck Liver Qi massage
As a relaxing thing to do whilst seated – and it will assist undo the residual tension – all though the body.
Need to free up chest
Pc 6 (Above the inside wrist crease, 2 finger widths up, and in between the tendons).
Also seen as anti nausea point – although as opens the chest and calms anxiety/emotional distress.
Can’t take a breath out/ feeling suffocated
Ding Chuan – (on the upper back, just outside from the spine, where the large bone drops and rises when you raise and lower your head. Found a generous thumb’s width from the central line in an adult – the person’s thumb width when a child). Press both simultaneously deeply whilst they breathe in slowly.
Translates as ‘Difficult breathing/cough’ can press – easier to do it for some one else – and will induce the feeling that you can breathe in deeper.
Can’t breathe in so easily
Ki 27 – (On the front of upper chest, top of breastbone, your fingers will fall into a hole on both sides where the collar bone joins).
They can press/massage firmly – if they cannot breathe in so well.
Also free up all the chest