Breath Therapy is a method of breath retraining to help change patterns of dysfunctional breathing to more functional, or correct breathing. Dysfunctional breathing often contributes to or exacerbates poor health, and is associated with conditions such as anxiety, panic disorder, sleep disorders such as sleep apnoea and insomnia, asthma, COPD, post-covid-19 breathlessness (“long covid”) and more. Sports performance and endurance have also been shown to improve with functional breathwork.
One of the main tools I use in functional breathwork is the Buteyko Method. The Buteyko Method uses nasal breathing, breath control and breath-holding exercises. In addition to the Buteyko Method I may incorporate other techniques, such as breathing exercises inspired by the breath regulation practices of Pranayama – the yogic practice of focusing on breath.
How I Work
I am currently seeing clients online via zoom, or in-person in my clinic in Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire (CV36). All clients complete an electronic intake form which includes a detailed health survey. Initial consultations last approximately 60 minutes. Follow-up sessions last approximately 45 minutes and might be weekly or bi-weekly initially (or less frequently). Frequency of sessions is determined on the needs of the client and their availability. Many clients see results after the first session, but it usually requires a minimum of 3 sessions to see longer lasting change. The full Buteyko programme for asthma management is a minimum of five sessions.
During the sessions clients will receive breath education and practical instruction. They will be given exercises to practice between sessions. Daily commitment is required for change to take place, and so I design bespoke programmes based on clients’ needs and lifestyles. As with all forms of exercise, the more a person can practice the faster they can expect results.