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Interpersonal Synchronization

Posted by Lisa Bowen on Friday, June 23, 2017, In : Breathing Retraining 

 
This week Neuroscience News released an article called "When Lovers Touch, Their Breathing and Heartbeat Syncs While Pain Wanes".

It refers several times to a concept called “interpersonal synchronization,” a phenomenon in which individuals begin to physiologically mirror the people they’re with.

That's the premise behind our new Summer Breathing Camp -- that members of a family share a breathing pattern and if one member has poor breathing habits and breathing-related health symptoms, o...


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Slow breathing is inherently relaxating, study shows

Posted by Lisa Bowen on Thursday, April 20, 2017, In : Breathing Retraining 

A recent study at Stanford University shows how slow breathing induces tranquility. Read all about it here and try it! Normal breathing is 8-12 breaths per minute according to medical texts, and most people who come into the office for the first time are breathing twice as fast or more!



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Deep breathing is not good breathing

Posted by Lisa Bowen on Thursday, April 20, 2017, In : Breathing Retraining 
We have to counter the public perception that deep breathing is good breathing for daily life. Check out this video from a yoga teacher and how she changed her perception after she learned the Buteyko Breathing Technique.



And then there's this article I came across today -- "Why You Need To Re-Think This Popular Stress-Management Technique" with a beautiful explanation on how taking deep breaths can actually exacerbate anxiety! Please read.
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How to breathe when you're not sick, but you're not healthy either

Posted by Lisa Bowen on Thursday, February 25, 2016, In : Breathing Retraining 
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It’s not uncommon for those of us with chronic respiratory, sleep or nervous conditions to have a hard time getting over a cold or flu.

When we first get it, we accept feeling miserable. Then, as the acute symptoms start to lift, we feel like ourselves again. Yay! But often, that exuberant feeling is only temporary as fatigue, a half-stuffy nose and a general sense of malaise become the new norm for a month or longer.
 

We’re more or less OK, but…

 

It can take weeks or months to get back ...


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Bodywork-Centered Breathing Coaching

Posted by Lisa Bowen on Thursday, October 8, 2015, In : Breathing Retraining 

We're offering a new way to learn healthy breathing habits for people who are close enough to visit our office.

If you have a hard time relaxing, settling down to do breathing exercises can be hard -- more of a "should" than a "want to". If this is true for you, this option is infused with an opportunity to exercise self-care and self-love.

Bodywork-centered breathing coaching is a great way to slide into a marvelous experience! Breathing educator Lisa Bowen is a California certified massage pr...

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Just released! "Signs and Symptoms of Poor Breathing Habits -- a resource guide"

Posted by Lisa Bowen on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, In : Breathing Retraining 

"Signs and Symptoms of Poor Breathing Habits" is a short but definitive resource guide designed to help you determine whether poor breathing habits may be contributing to your health problems and sapping your energy.

See what questions leading breathing experts would ask you. 
Review lists of breathing-related health symptoms and diseases that can be exacerbated by inefficient breathing. Discover the relationship between stress and poor breathing, and what you can do to maintain healthy breathi...


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How can you tell if you have dysfunctional breathing?

Posted by Lisa Bowen on Saturday, January 31, 2015, In : Breathing Retraining 

If you want to explore how you can improve your breathing pattern -- for wellness, sports performance, music or other reasons -- the first step is to figure out what you're doing poorly. That's not so easy without help since most of our breaths are taken without our conscious attention. 

When you visit a doctor, you will most likely be given one of the following questionnaires, and receive a manual exam.

Here is one of my favorite breathing self-tests, aptly named the Self-Evaluation of Br...


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Bedroom Tips To Stay Healthy

Posted by Lisa Bowen on Monday, October 7, 2013, In : Breathing Retraining 
As the brisk winds of Fall come, and soon the Winter cold, it's heartwarming to think of the comforts of home and a cozy bedroom.
 
The affluent lifestyle most people seek includes soft bedding, a thermostat on high and warm clothes.
 
But Professor Konstantin Buteyko, a 20th-century Ukrainian doctor and researcher who found a correlation between heavier breathing and illness, noted that higher temperatures within a home increase breathing, which can contribute to more frequent colds and f...

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Breathing Tips To Fight A Cold

Posted by Lisa Bowen on Friday, October 4, 2013, In : Breathing Retraining 
When you feel a cold coming on, you may already have a regimen of activities to stave it off.  Try these lesser-known breathing guidelines too. 
  • Keep your breathing calm, slow and light by exercising less, talking less and eating less.
  • Do some breath-hold exercises for a period.  Some options are:
    • Suspend your breath for one second after every breath.
    • Suspend your breath for a couple seconds after a couple breaths.
    • Experiment with other breath-holding exercises you might have heard of, like Dr. An...

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September 2013 e-newsletter: Breathing Assessments Offer Road Map to Relief

Posted by Lisa Bowen on Thursday, September 5, 2013, In : Breathing Retraining 
Here's the latest e-newsletter hot "off the presses".
The picture below is just a screenshot.  To read the newsletter, click here.




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Breathing skills to avoid exercise-induced asthma in July 2013 newsletter

Posted by Lisa Bowen on Thursday, July 11, 2013, In : Breathing Retraining 

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The Financial Argument for Breathing Retraining

Posted by Lisa Bowen on Wednesday, February 20, 2013, In : Breathing Retraining 

I’ve been wanting to put this together for a while.  I finally did yesterday after I got a call from someone who was interested in one of our Buteyko Breathing Technique courses but didn’t want to pay for it because she belongs to Kaiser Permanente, a health-maintenance organization that offers more-or-less comprehensive health care for a monthly price.  Here goes:

#1  The cost of learning breathing retraining is probably a fraction of the cost of drugs a person might need to manage chroni...


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Can someone hyperventilate without knowing it?

Posted by Lisa Bowen on Thursday, February 14, 2013, In : Breathing Retraining 
Unfortunately, many people hyperventilate without knowing it.

Before I learned about breathing retraining, I noticed that I became very breathless and uncomfortable when I read my toddler daughter several stories in a row.  "Wow, I'm just sitting here and I'm getting winded," I told myself. "Am I out of shape or what?!"

Well, yes.  And that was despite my asthma being controlled with steroid and reliever inhalers.

Dr. Konstantin Buteyko, who developed the Buteyko Breathing Technique starting in ...
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What's the difference between meditation and breathing retraining?

Posted by Lisa Bowen on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, In : Breathing Retraining 

Where we are located in the San Francisco Bay Area, most people have had some exposure to meditation, usually Buddhist meditation.  There are thousands of meditation styles, and most of them are directed to training the mind as a spiritual discipline-- through awareness, concentration or visualization. 

Buddhist meditation techniques have been increasingly employed by mental-health professionals to help alleviate a variety of health conditions such as anxiety and depression.  In fact, Dr. J...


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What is Breathing Retraining?

Posted by Lisa Bowen on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, In : Breathing Retraining 


Breathing retraining is changing unconscious breathing patterns that may be hurting your health and well-being. As students practice breathing awareness and toning exercises, their respiratory fitness improves and more oxygen is able to be metabolized in the body and brain. All the organs function better and thinking becomes sharper.

The reason we call it breathing ‘retraining” and not breathing education is that most of us started out breathing fantastically and somewhere along the way...


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Back to Basics: Why Do We Breathe?

Posted by Lisa Bowen on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, In : Breathing Retraining 

 

Breathing brings in the oxygen necessary to metabolize the food we eat.

Because energy production is a nearly constant activity in the cells, breathing is nearly constant too.

Oxygen is transported to the cells via hemoglobin in blood.  However if a person is hyperventilating, or breathing too much, the hemoglobin gets sticky and won’t release the oxygen it’s carrying.  It’s part of a complex relationship between oxygen and carbon dioxide you can read more about here if you like. The...


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Breathing Retraining Center LLC’s educational products, courses and coaching are designed to improve breathing skills for people whose issues may be related to habits that have the potential to be improved, as a self-care/wellness activity. Breathing difficulty may be a warning sign of a life-threatening heart or lung condition, infection or other illness. Always check with your doctor about your own situation.

The Buteyko Breathing Technique and other breathing-retraining strategies we teach are an alternative approach and are not the practice of medicine, psychology or a form of psychotherapy, nor are they a substitute for seeking medical or psychological advice from an appropriate professional health-care provider. We want to make the important distinction between using the Buteyko Breathing Technique and other breathing-retraining strategies for health and well-being and the practice of medicine, psychology or any other licensed health-care profession.

Breathing classes, coaching and other services from Breathing Retraining Center LLC are offered by teachers who are not licensed by the State of California as physicians or other healing-arts practitioners unless so noted. We offer alternative non-medical/non-psychological techniques and our services are considered to be alternative or complementary to the healing arts that are licensed by the State of California.