Sunday 17 September
8.30am – 5pm


Many people with upper airway breathing issues have more dysfunctional breathing. Dysfunctional breathing  is complex and multidimensional with psychophysiological, biomechanical and biochemical dimensions.  Assessment and treatment of all dimensions of breathing and the whole of the unified breathing system improves treatment precision and this increases treatment success.

Bookings open soon!

Integrative Breathing Therapy (IBT) is a person centred approach to airway optimisation and breathing training that is individualised, comprehensive and multidimensional.

IBT  treats breathing as a system made up of functionally and neurologically linked parts such as the nose, upper airway, thorax and diaphragm.  It recognises that breathing has many primary and secondary functions with the potential to heal via a range of mechanisms.

Key Learning objectives –

  1. Theoretic principles and clinical tools of Integrative Breathing Therapy.
  2. Understand the practical importance of functional and neurological links between the upper airway (nose and throat disorders) and dysfunctional breathing.
  3. Understand nasal, tongue and upper airway dysfunctions from a breathing systems
  4. Learn IBT approaches and techniques to improving nasal and upper airway function

Target Audience-

 Speech and language pathologists, orofacial myofunctional therapists, physical therapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, integrative medicine practitioners, Buteyko practitioners and naturopaths.


Session 1 –(8.30- 9.00 am)- Introductions.

Session 2– (9.00-9.45am)-  Theoretical principles and clinical tools of Integrative Breathing Therapy.  The real world practical difference between functional and dysfunctional breathing. Courtney three dimensional  model of dysfunctional breathing and its practical significance for breathing assessment and effective individualized breathing therapy

Session 3– (9.45- 10.30 am) –Functional anatomy, physiology and functions of the nose.  Overview of nasal functions. Understand the link between multiple dimensions of breathing and nasal function.

10.30-11 am Break

Session 4-(11am- 12.30pm)- IBT approach to assessing and treating nasal dysfunction. Assessing patients for functional nasal rehabilitation. Harnessing  nasal functions for nasal rehabilitation.

12.30-1.30 pm LUNCH

Session 5-(1.30pm-2.15pm)–  Functional anatomy, neurophysiology and functions of the tongue. Cranial motion in breathing and its connection with the tongue.

Session 6– (2.15-3.00pm)-  Integrating tongue training with cranial and whole body breathing rehabilitation.

3.00-3.30 pm Break

Session 7– (3.30-4.15 pm)- Functional anatomy, neurophysiology,  functions and dysfunctions of the upper airway, pharyngeal and laryngeal structures

Session 8– (4.15-5pm)- Improving upper airway function using a systems breathing approach.