An Integrative Breathing Therapy program for adults

Our next Online course begins 6pm Mon 17 Oct

Breathing, relaxation, posture and muscle function retraining for adults using

  • breathing

  • movement

  • mindfulness

  • relaxation

This program teaches you over 6 weekly sessions how to correct poor breathing habits and how to use breathing in combination with mindfulness and relaxation to manage symptoms, behaviour and stress.

Breathing, relaxation, posture and muscle function retraining for adults using

  • breathing
  • movement
  • mindfulness
  • relaxation.

This program teaches you over 6 weekly sessions how to correct poor breathing habits and how to use breathing in combination with mindfulness and relaxation to manage symptoms, behaviour and stress.

The program is offered as Online or Group classes or Private consultations.

Our breathing directly reflects our health

Breathing can become disturbed or dysfunctional due to specific health issues such as asthma, anxiety, chronic sinusitis, chronic pain, panic disorder, long COVID or in general when there is dysregulation or overload from physical or psychological stressors.

Breathing directly and indirectly influences the functioning of many body systems.  When breathing is dysfunctional it can lead to breathing difficulties and a range of respiratory and non- respiratory symptoms.  These symptoms and breathing difficulties may not respond adequately to treatment until the dysfunctional breathing is addressed.

Functional breathing retraining (FBR) provides a number of tools for self-regulation and aims to improve aspects of the functioning of mind and body that have been disrupted by dysfunctional breathing.  It can be used in conjunction with other therapies and treatments supporting their therapeutic effects thus assisting the body’s ability to heal.

The program can help with:

This program is a comprehensive 8 week program that provides a structured and individualised approach to optimising breathing.

Functional breathing retraining aims to:

  • Rehabilitate nasal breathing
  • Improve upper airway function
  • Improve efficiency of diaphragm and respiratory muscle function
  • Correct hyperventilation (optimizing oxygen and carbon dioxide levels)
  • Correct hyperinflation or breath stacking
  • Relax the hyper-aroused nervous system and improve vagal tone
  • Improve efficiency of cardio respiratory interaction
  • Reduce breathlessness including feelings of insufficient or unsatisfied respiration

Who is this program for?

This program is suitable for anyone who wants to improve their breathing or learn the skills of how to improve mental and physical functioning using the breath as the foundation for physical or psychological self-regulation.

It is also suitable for patients with dysfunctional breathing due to long COVID,  autonomic dysregulation, sleep disordered breathing, asthma, COPD, anxiety, stress and panic disorder.

It takes regular and consistent practice with the FBR techniques over weeks to correct dysfunctional breathing.

What does the program involve?

The Functional Breathing Retraining program combines breathing and relaxation techniques with movement and mind-body practices to address biochemical, neuromuscular and mind-body dimensions of breathing. It involves:

This program has several components

  1. Private pre and post course assessment
  2. Six group education and practical sessions
  3. Six private weekly coaching call.

Pre assessment (Private session with Dr. Courtney)

The six week program

Week 1 – Nasal and upper airway rehabilitation (online group sessions and private weekly coaching call)

Week 2 – Nasal and upper airway rehabilitation (online group sessions and private weekly coaching call)

Week 3 – Diaphragm and Breathing Pattern Training (online group sessions and private weekly coaching call)

Break

Week 4 – Targeting the chemistry of breathing (CO2 and pH) (online group sessions and private weekly coaching call)

Week 5  Targeting the brain, vagus and autonomic nervous system Part 1 – Bottom Up regulation (online group sessions and private weekly coaching call)

Week 6 –  Targeting the brain, vagus and autonomic nervous system Part 2 – Top down regulation (online group sessions and private weekly coaching call)

Follow up assessment (Private session with Dr. Courtney)

The program has been developed by Dr. Rosalba Courtney DO, PhD and is based on her PhD and subsequent research.

October Online course starts October-
6-7.30pm Mon 17 October
6-7.30pm Mon 24 October
6-7.30pm Mon 31 October
6-7.30pm Mon 14 November
6-7.30pm Mon 21 November
6-7.30pm Mon 28 November

Included is a weekly coaching call, and a post-course assessment

Cost

Classes: The therapy classes are one hour sessions each week for 6 weeks. The cost of the Group classes is AU$650.

Assessment: the initial assessment takes about an hour and costs AU$210.

Some things you will learn in this program

  • what correct breathing actually is and how it relates to conditions like asthma, COPD, snoring, sleep apnea, anxiety, depression, chronic illness, insomnia, exercise performance
  • how to improve breathing pattern and optimise the use of your diaphragm and breathing muscles
  • how to improve your ability to breathe through your nose
  • how to recognise and correct hyperinflation and hyperventilation
  • how to use breathing techniques to control symptoms
  • how to use breathing to calm the nervous system improve the function of your vagus nerve
  •  breathing, relaxation and mind-body practices to use during formal practice, at rest and during daily life to improve health.

Breathing assessment

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The initial assessment

We look at your health history to evaluate symptoms and causes of breathing issues.

A comprehensive breathing assessment is carried out, including lung function, hyperventilation and breathing pattern evaluation.

We record baseline measures so that your progress can be monitored.

Dr Courtney can then advise if this program is likely to be helpful and/or refer for other treatment or to other health professionals if necessary.

The follow-up assessment

After the 6 sessions it is recommended that you are re-assessed to evaluate progress and advised if any other treatment is needed.

The next step

To book an initial assessment please call the clinic.

To register for therapy classes see the class schedule.

Or please contact Dr Courtney if you would like to discuss how this revolutionary program could help you.