TESS GRAHAM BSc PGD PHYSIO

Essential Breathing Skills: reduce chronic anxiety
and rebalance the nervous system by correcting breathing dysfunction

TWO DAY WORKSHOP

DAY ONE

Part 1

  • Overview; prevalence of dysfunctional breathing and breathing-related disorders
  • Breathing pattern assessment
  • Assessing breathing-related symptoms
  • Basics of respiratory anatomy and physiology
  • Concepts of normal and abnormal breathing
  • Mechanics of breathing

Part 2

  • Mechanical, physiological, psychological and biochemical effects of dysfunctional breathing
  • Myths and misunderstandings about breathing
  • The Cloud Exercise

Part 3

  • Connection of dysfunctional breathing to anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, breathlessness, asthma, rhinitis, palpitations, snoring, sleep apnoea, chronic hyperventilation
  • Case presentations: woman  with anxiety, sleep apnoea, depression; child with anxiety, sleep  and behavioral problems

Part 4

  • Breathing Retraining: theory, concepts and process
  • Clinical trials
  • Benefits of breathing correction
  • Strategies to relieve symptoms, the stress response, breathlessness, panic attacks and insomnia; instruction in healthy breathing habits 1-5
  • Strategies to sleep better (and quieter) tonight

 

 

DAY TWO

Part 1

  • Review and discussion of participants’ breathing changes and experiences overnight
  • Factors triggering and perpetuating overbreathing/hyperventilation
  • The food-breathing connection
  • Instruction in healthy breathing habits 6-8

Part 2

  • Preventing symptoms
  • Reconditioning of the respiratory centre
  • Case presentations: anxiety in pregnancy; breathing dysfunction and PTSD

Part 3

  • Application of physiologically normal breathing into breath work in psychological therapy
  • Discussion of application into other wellness practices including meditation, relaxation, fitness, yoga
  • Determining your approach
  • Strategies for specific conditions, personality types and scenarios you see in practice
  • How to teach clients to integrate better breathing into everyday life
  • Monitoring progress

Part 4

  • Expected results
  • Concept of the healing response
  • Hold-ups to improvement and what to do
  • Working with doctors and other healthcare providers
  • Knowing when to refer
  • Changing needs for medication and treatments
  • Case presentations: man with sleep disorder, depression, social anxiety; speaker and athlete with performance and general anxiety.

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