Breathing, our most common repetitive behaviour is also a physical movement that is reflected in patterns of muscle use and habitual body posture. Biomechanical breathing dysfunctions co-exist with, and to some extent reinforce, habitual breathing behaviours and breathing symptoms as well as postural and movement dysfunctions.

In individuals where breathing dysfunction, postural and movement issues co-exist, the combination of airway optimisation, breathing retraining and manual therapy are often necessary for ideal treatment outcomes.

This course has a strong practical focus with the aim of providing participants with the skills and understanding to assess patients and apply manual techniques  based around Dr Rosalba Courtney’s “Breathing Muscle Reset” protocol [1]. It will also include a brief review of the functional anatomy of breathing and describe common postural abnormalities and patterns of muscle dysfunction occurring in patients with disordered breathing.

Learning Objectives

  • Review the functional anatomy of breathing
  • Recognise inhalation and exhalation dominant postural schema
  • Recognise key thoracic and extrathoracic patterns of muscle dysfunction associated with dysfunctional breathing
  • Review muscles targeted by the ‘Breathing Muscle Reset’
  • Learn the steps of the ‘Breathing Muscle Reset’


This course is applicable to physical therapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, massage therapists, SLPs and others who utilise manual therapy techniques in their patient care. Practitioners who have completed or are enrolled in the Integrative Breathing Therapy full professional training are also invited to join this course.


Course Details

The course will run from 8:30AM to 4.30 pm. Places are limited to 30 attendees.

8.30-9am – Intro and overview

9-10.15am – Musculoskeletal aspects of breathing. Functional and dysfunctional breathing patterns.

10.15-10.45 am – Break

10.45-12 noon  Assessing postural and muscular patterns in dysfunctional breathing

12-1pm – Practical

1-2pm – Lunch

2-4.30 pm  – The ‘Breathing Muscle Reset’ – demonstration and practical



  1. Courtney, R., et al., Improvements in multi-dimensional measures of dysfunctional breathing in asthma patients after a combined manual therapy and breathing retraining protocol: a case series report. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 2019. 31: p. 36-43.

Melbourne – Saturday 15 April

‘Back in Health Osteopathy’
Level 9, 179 Queen Street
Melbourne VIC

Cost – AU$350

Orlando, Florida, USA  – 6 Sept 2023

Caribe Royale Orlando
8101 World Center Dr
Orlando, FL 32821, United States

Cost US$150 – This event is a special AAPMD pre-conference course offered to Conference attendees!
AAPMD (American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry) conference is 7-9 September – details here