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Inner Self Discovery

Breath Retraining

Breath Retraining

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Duration: 4 week programme

Programme Breakdown:
Breath Assessment
Meet in person (or online) once per week
Daily Drop in Zoom Calls *(Optional)
Practice at home between sessions 
Follow up breath Assessment

Breathing disorders affects up to 80% of people with Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Asthma, Sleep Apnea, Chronic pain or fatigue syndromes and other types of chronic respiratory and cardiovascular conditions. 

Our breathing can become dysfunctional, or less than optimal, for many reasons including medical conditions affecting the lungs, nasal passages, upper airways and the circulatory system . Breathing can also become disturbed because of stress overload or dysregulation of the body’s breathing control systems from chronic illness or trauma.

Breathing dysfunction can present itself in many different ways. It might appear as chronic mouth breathing, sleep disordered breathing, vocal fold dysfunction, empty nose syndrome, unexplained anxiety and chronic hyperventilation. Breathing might seem irregular with frequent sighing, breath holding, coughing, clearing the throat, and upper chest breathing.

Common symptoms include feeling unable to take a deep or satisfying breathing, feeling anxious or pre-occupied about breathing sensations and unexplained “short of air” feelings. Often people with dysfunctional breathing have other non-respiratory symptoms that cannot be medically explained or don’t respond as well as expected to medication or to physical or psychological treatment.

Research shows that symptoms caused by dysfunctional breathing improve after breathing retraining.

Functional breathing, which involves breathing in a way that optimises respiratory efficiency and supports overall health, offers several benefits:

  1. Improved Oxygenation: Functional breathing techniques can enhance oxygen exchange in the lungs, leading to better oxygen delivery to tissues and organs. This can improve overall energy levels, cognitive function, and physical performance.

  2. Stress Reduction: Proper breathing techniques activate the body's relaxation response, leading to decreased levels of stress hormones such as cortisol and increased production of calming neurotransmitters like GABA. This can promote relaxation, reduce anxiety, and improve mood.

  3. Enhanced Lung Function: Practicing functional breathing exercises can strengthen the respiratory muscles, including the diaphragm and intercostal muscles, leading to improved lung function and increased lung capacity.

  4. Better Posture: Functional breathing often involves diaphragmatic breathing, which encourages proper alignment of the spine and rib cage. This can help alleviate tension in the neck, shoulders, and back, and promote better overall posture.

  5. Improved Athletic Performance: Functional breathing techniques can be beneficial for athletes by optimising oxygen delivery to muscles during exercise, improving endurance, and reducing the risk of fatigue and injury.

  6. Enhanced Digestion: Proper breathing techniques can stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for promoting relaxation and digestion. This can aid in digestion, reduce symptoms of gastrointestinal discomfort, and promote overall gut health.

  7. Support for Respiratory Health: Functional breathing exercises can help clear airway obstructions, promote efficient mucus clearance, and reduce the risk of respiratory infections. They may also be beneficial for individuals with respiratory conditions such as asthma, COPD, or sleep apnea.

  8. Mind-Body Connection: Focusing on the breath can serve as a mindfulness practice, helping individuals cultivate present-moment awareness, improve concentration, and develop greater emotional resilience.

Overall, incorporating functional breathing techniques into daily life can contribute to improved physical, mental, and emotional well-being. However, it's essential to practice under the guidance of a qualified professional or certified breathing coach to ensure safety and effectiveness. Once you have learned these techniques, it is safe to continue alone

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