Breathing for Health

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Breathing for Health

This 3-session package will help you assess your breathing pattern, improve your breathing efficiency, and learn how to incorporate breathing exercises into your daily life. During our time together, you will learn how to make subtle adjustments to your breathing to improve oxygenation and blood flow to your muscles and cells, improve energy levels, and relax more deeply. Throughout our sessions, I will guide you in simple ways to become aware of, and utilize, the gift of breath to change your physiology and improve mind-body health. The cost for the three sessions is $275. If you would like to learn more, please continue scrolling, or feel free to contact me directly.

Functional Breathing Assessment

This is a 50-minute session to assess your breathing pattern. During this session I will teach you how to assess your breathing pattern, and offer immediate ways to restore functional breathing patterns. During our session, you will be guided through a breathing practice and provided with the tools and strategies to improve the quality and efficiency of your breathing. One session is great if you have some experience and want guidance on tools and tricks to influence your mood, focus or performance. Cost for session is $125

Why should I learn how to breathe? I've been doing it automatically for my whole life!

Breath awareness

It’s true, you breathe without thinking about it roughly 25,000 times a day.  But dysfunctional breathing patterns develop over time.  Because you don’t often think about breathing, your body and brain manipulate your breath patterns without you knowing about it.   Breathing for health is learning how to assess your own breathing patterns to gain an appreciation and understanding of how the way you breathe influences your health and how your physical and mental state influences your breath. 

So many of us live in our heads and are not aware of our bodies, let alone our breath, until we are injured or develop an illness.  Through breath awareness and breath control  practices, you experience  the mind-body connection with each exercise. With practice, you can learn how to use breath control for immediate and lasting  benefits like: 

  • Improved sleep
  • Increased resilience to  stress
  • Improved focus
  • Increased energy
  • Improved cardiovascular fitness

Functional (efficient) vs Dysfunctional breathing

Functional breathing is considered effortless, silent and efficient during rest.  Your body will appear at ease, without excessive use of accessory breathing muscles.  You will have good heart rate variability (HRV), meaning that your nervous system is balanced and you handle and recover from internal and external stressors well.   You handle increased cardiovascular demands with ease, you sleep well and you can hold your breath 30 seconds without difficulty. 

Dysfunctional breathing can present itself in different ways. You may develop non-optimal traits through injury, chronic stress, poor posture, poor diet, illness, or even every day life. Below are some traits of dysfunctional breathing:

  • Snoring
  • Frequent sighing or yawning
  • Shortness of breath with exercise
  • Audible breathing during rest
  • Fast breathing
  • Breathing through the mouth 

Learning how to breathe efficiently, effectively and with ease requires understanding the traits of dysfunctional breathing, and learning or re-learning how to breathe in a way that minimizes poor patterns. 

 Since breathing is something you do all day, every day, it’s easy to see how poor habits and patterns could develop and perpetuate without  realizing it.  Breath control has been an art and science for hundreds of years.  It is only now getting the recognition and attention it deserves as the gateway to optimal health.

Work with me

If you have read some of the best-selling books out there on the art of breathing, you may be aware of the importance of breathing well, but don’t know where to start. 

I can help.

 Often, the reasons you may struggle to control your breathing are due to limitations in one or all of the four main components of breathing.  These are:

  • Biomechanical
  • Biochemical
  • Cadence
  • Psychological

I can help you determine what areas to focus you efforts, how efficiently you are breathing at rest, and offer suggestions to optimize your baseline breathing so more advanced breathing techniques are accessible. 

 

my training

I have been learning and teaching breathing strategies for over a decade.  As a physical therapist, I have a good understanding of biomechanics of a proper breath, and as a Schroth Therapist, I recognize how posture and positioning the body is necessary to  fully utilize the diaphragm.  My education and experience as a yoga therapist has helped me appreciate how our mental state is intimately connected to our breathing and how adjusting the breath can result in immediate changes in your state of mind.

I am certified in the Buteyko method and am an Oxygen Advantage Instructor, but have also studied various other breathing techniques to gain knowledge and insight into how changing different variables with the way you breathe, results in different effects.   

Science is catching up to what yogis have known for a long time.  Our physiology and nervous systems are intricately tied to our breathing patterns.  I am constantly reading research papers on these connections and our ability to control physiological and mental states by using the breath.

Breathing is an accessible tool for taking charge of your own health and wellness.  I offer my knowledge as a guide to help you on this journey.  

Questions

 If you have questions, feel free to reach out or schedule a free phone consultation below.  I can’t wait to meet you!