Powerpoint presentation file
Webinar video presentation (approx 1 hr)
Breath work is a frequent element in psychological practice, as dysfunctional breathing patterns contribute to anxiety disorders and the physical symptoms that often accompany them. Dysfunctional breathing also underlies sleep-breathing disorders and the loss of wellbeing and relationship strain that disturbed sleep can produce.
The connection between acute hyperventilation and anxiety states and symptoms is well known. What is not so well known is that hyperventilation or ‘overbreathing’ is often present in a chronic and hidden form, creating on a day-to-day basis, a fundamental disturbance in physiology and body chemistry. This ‘baseline overbreathing’ drives a sympathetic dominant state, depleting energy and priming a person for acute stress response. It may be behind a loss of resilience and delay or failure to respond to a therapeutic intervention.
This presentation will describe breathing pattern assessment and the principles and practices involved in the breathing retraining process to establish a physiological normal breathing pattern, when awake, asleep and when under stress. Case studies will be used to illustrate the application, results and benefits of breathing retraining in anxiety disorders.
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