Breathing Retraining

Breathing Retraining is not just for people who experience difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

At The Breathing Clinic our Breathing Retraining Programmes are not only designed for people who experience shortness of breath and difficulty breathing, but also for people who experience breathing-related symptoms associated with stress and anxiety as well as dysfunctional breathing patterns, which can be triggered in certain situations or circumstances.

Our Breathing Retraining Programmes include a range of breathing techniques and breathing exercises to help reduce symptoms, improve breathing muscle efficiency, improve lung function, improve lung capacity, clear airways, strengthen breathing muscles, support core stability, reduce stress, improve relaxation and so much more! 

Who will benefit from Breathing Retraining Programmes?

1.   Clients with respiratory and cardiovascular conditions

Difficulty breathing is often associated with the following respiratory and cardiovascular conditions:

  • Rhinitis and blocked nose
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Emphysema
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Rhinitis
  • Blocked nose
  • Allergies
  • Sleep disturbances (snoring, sleep apnoea, night terrors)
  • Gastro-oesophageal reflux (GORD)
  • Heart conditions
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Restrictive pulmonary conditions.

These conditions can also trigger dysfunctional breathing patterns, which can make symptoms worse.  At The Breathing Clinic we teach breathing techniques and breathing exercises to help manage symptoms associated with these conditions and help minimise dysfunctional breathing patterns, giving clients more control over their breathing and the quality of their life. 


2.   Clients affected by stress and anxiety

Our programmes also specifically address the effects of stress, and how the stress response, which is implicated in anxiety, triggers changes in breathing patterns, which can contribute to a range of stress-related and breathing-related symptoms such as:

  • Chest tightness
  • Chest pain
  • Cannot breathe deeply
  • Feeling stressed
  • Feeling anxious
  • Heart palpitations
  • Racing heart
  • Hyperventilation
  • Dizzy
  • Light-headed
  • Fainting
  • Confusion
  • Headaches
  • Impaired ability to think
  • Impaired motor function
  • Muscle tension
  • Tetany
  • Tingling fingers
  • Tingling lips.

Understanding the link between stress and altered breathing patterns is invaluable when helping clients restore balance to their breathing patterns and their body, mind and emotions.  This is especially so for people who suffer from stress, anxiety and co-existing depression, who are wanting more control over their experiences and their quality of life. 

Restoring balanced breathing patterns provides clients with a grounded foundation to address other issues that may be contributing to their stress and anxiety.  This may involve making other positive lifestyle changes to diet and nutrition, incorporating suitable exercise and relaxation techniques into daily life and seeking the professional support of a counsellor or psychologist to address conscious or unconscious concerns or memories that may be blocking the way forward.


3.   Clients affected by dysfunctional breathing patterns

The fact is, breathing-related symptoms can and do occur in the absence of stress or anxiety; and they can also occur in the absence of any diagnosed medical conditions.  This means a person does not have to be suffering from stress, anxiety or a medical condition in order to be affected by breathing-related symptoms.  In these cases, dysfunctional breathing patterns can be the cause of those symptoms.  Dysfunctional breathing patterns include:

  • Chronic mouth breathing;
  • Thoracic-dominant breathing;
  • Rapid breathing;
  • Hyperventilation.

Dysfunctional breathing patterns can develop as a matter of habit in certain circumstances (e.g. when sleeping, when exercising, when talking, singing or playing a wind instrument, etc.) and they can trigger a range of symptoms that may spontaneously resolve when balance is restored to breathing patterns.  These symptoms include:

  • Breathlessness
  • Increased effort of breathing
  • Chest tightness
  • Unable to breathe deeply
  • Sensation of air hunger
  • Coughing
  • Suspended breathing (apnoeas)
  • Tingling of extremities
  • Chest pain
  • Cardiac arrhythmias
  • Racing heart
  • Night-time toilet trips
  • Light-headedness, dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Confusion
  • Headaches
  • Impaired ability to think
  • Impaired motor function
  • Blurred, hazy vision
  • Numbness of lips
  • Lower back pain
  • Jaw pain, jaw clicking
  • Head and neck pain
  • Dry mouth or throat
  • Slurred speech
  • Feeling stressed, anxious
  • Feeling fearful
  • Feeling disconnected
  • Hyperactivity
  • Cold hands or feet
  • Muscle tension
  • Muscle spasms
  • Seizures
  • Bloated abdomen.

Through our Breathing Retraining Programmes clients increase their awareness of the circumstances in which they experience adverse symptoms and they learn how to moderate their breathing patterns in those circumstances to support better health and wellbeing.  Breathing Retraining Programmes not only teach specific breathing exercises and breathing techniques but also teach clients how to integrate better breathing patterns into everyday activities.  This gives clients the confidence to self-regulate in different circumstances, giving them more control over their symptoms and how they experience life.  It also provides clients with the breathing foundation to explore other beneficial lifestyle changes.


What are some of the breathing exercises and breathing techniques that we offer through our Breathing Retraining Programmes?

The specific breathing techniques and breathing exercises available at The Breathing Clinic include the following:

  • Incentive spirometry;
  • Inspiratory muscle training;
  • Relaxed diaphragmatic breathing;
  • Diaphragm strengthening exercises;
  • Diaphragmatic breathing exercises;
  • Stretching and strapping techniques;
  • Core stability with diaphragmatic breathing;
  • Airway clearance techniques (upper airway and lower airway);
  • Buteyko breathing method;
  • Pursed lip breathing;
  • Capnometry-assisted breathing retraining;
  • Yoga breathing techniques (yoga pranayama).

Each breathing technique and breathing exercise has a different purpose and outcome, some of which are listed below:

  • Increased awareness of breathing patterns in different circumstances;
  • Greater mastery over breathing patterns and self-regulation;
  • More control over breathing-related symptoms (see lists above);
  • Reduce stress and anxiety;
  • Reduce mouth breathing;
  • Restore nasal breathing;
  • Reduce shallow breathing;
  • Restore diaphragm breathing (also known as diaphragmatic breathing, abdominal breathing and belly breathing);
  • Reduce rapid breathing;
  • Reduce hyperventilation;
  • Restore efficient breathing patterns;
  • Improve lung capacity;
  • Remove mucous from airways;
  • Reduce respiratory muscle fatigue;
  • Reduce the effort of breathing (work of breathing);
  • Improve the ease of breathing;
  • Improve the metabolic efficient of the breathing muscles;
  • Improve physical performance;
  • Improve core stability;
  • Improve lower back support;
  • Improve quality of life.

Breathing techniques tailored to meet your needs

Our Breathing Retraining Programmes are available to clients following a detailed breathing assessment.  Breathing Retraining Programmes are tailored to meet the individual needs of each client taking into account a detailed medical history and presenting symptoms, as well as the health outcomes each client would like to derive from our Breathing Retraining Programmes.  Consequently, the content and duration of our Breathing Retraining Programmes is different for each person.  We offer Breathing Retraining Programmes for children and adults.  We also offer Breathing Retraining Programmes to individuals and groups. 

Pricing – Breathing Assessments & Breathing Retraining

Breathing Assessment (allow up to 2 hours) $ 120
Breathing Retraining – single session (allow up to 1 hour) $ 80
Breathing Retraining – 4 sessions (paid in advance) $ 280
Breathing Retraining – 8 sessions (paid in advance) $ 520
Breathing Retraining – 12 sessions (paid in advance) $ 720
Group Breathing Retraining
(Depends on number of attendees, venue, travel requirements, etc.).


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