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Essential Breathing Skills: reduce chronic anxiety and rebalance the nervous system by correcting breathing dysfunction

Event number: 17549
14 CPD hours
Presenter(s): Tess Graham BSc PGD PHYSIO

What is this course about?

It is well known that there is a connection between acute hyperventilation and anxiety states and symptoms. However, what is less recognised is that “overbreathing” is often present in a chronic and hidden form. Overbreathing creates on a day to day basis a fundamental derangement in physiology and may underlie a loss of resilience, a failure to respond to therapeutic intervention, and an experience of anxiety, dizziness or discomfort during therapies involving breath work. It is often an underlying factor in sleep disorders.

Breathing retraining helps restore a physiologically normal breathing pattern during rest, sleep and exercise, and when under stress.  Improving and restoring normal breathing patterns balances blood and brain chemistry, enables optimal oxygenation and promotes the parasympathetic state, providing relief from symptoms related to chronic overbreathing and sympathetic dominance. Acute and immediate relief as well as long term prevention is achieved through breathing retraining. Better breathing skills can augment the practice of many health and wellness techniques.

During this two-day workshop you will learn how to identify and assess dysfunctional breathing. Relevant physiology will be used to explain the physical and mental effects of dysfunctional breathing and how breathing retraining works to restore physiologic normal breathing. We will practice and discuss breathing exercises, posture adjustment exercises, and techniques and strategies to improve and stabilise breathing for immediate and long-term benefits.

This highly experiential and content-rich training features lectures, experiential exercises, discussions, and question and answer periods. Participants will experience first-hand the practice and application of better breathing into rest, physical activity, speech and sleep over the two days. Seven cases studies will illustrate the application and results of breathing retraining in anxiety disorders. There will be sessions devoted to the application of physiologically normal breathing into breath work in psychological therapy, and application into yoga practices and meditation.

You will learn

  • To identify and assess dysfunctional breathing habits
  • Relevant physiology of breathing
  • Mechanical, physiological, psychological and biochemical effects of dysfunctional breathing
  • The breathing/anxiety /insomnia/trauma and sleep disorders connection
  • Myths and misunderstandings about breathing
  • The importance of nose-diaphragm-breathing at the correct rate, rhythm and volume and the optimal O2/CO2 balance during rest, speech, sleep and exercise
  • Techniques to help restore regular, comfortable, nose-diaphragm breathing with good posture
  • Strategies to relieve and prevent the stress response, breathlessness, panic attacks and insomnia.
  • Strategies for specific conditions, personality types and scenarios you see in practice
  • How to teach clients to integrate better breathing into everyday life
  • About the healing response
  • The food-breathing connection
  • Application of physiologically normal breathing into breath work in psychological therapy, yoga and meditation
  • How to monitor and improve your own breathing

About the presenter(s)

Tess Graham is a physiotherapist and breathing educator. She is an experienced clinician and internationally recognised authority on breathing pattern dysfunction in children and adults. Tess established Australia’s first dedicated breathing retraining clinic in 1993 in Canberra and has since worked with over 6000 people. Tess is the author of Relief from Snoring and Sleep Apnoea (2012) and Relief from Anxiety and Panic (for release mid 2017).

Tess Graham is the founder of BreatheAbility International and has developed the BreatheAbility for Health programs. She is a frequent speaker at international conferences on her topic of Breathing Health and presents workshops nationally and internationally for health professionals who wish to acquire skills in breathing retraining. Tess is a registered trainer in the Buteyko breathing technique for the Buteyko Institute of Breathing and Health (Australia) and the Buteyko Breathing Educators Association (North America).


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Dockside Central Apartments
44 Ferry Street
Kangaroo Point, QLD 4000
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 20/7/2017
End date: 21/7/2017
Time: 9am to 5pm


SMC Conference and Function Centre
66 Goulburn Street
Sydney, NSW 2000
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 24/7/2017
End date: 25/7/2017
Time: 9am to 5pm


Adelaide Pavillion
Veale Gardens,cnr South Terrace & Peacock Road
Adelaide, SA 5000
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 7/8/2017
End date: 8/8/2017
Time: 9am to 5pm


Mecure Welcome Melbourne
265 Little Bourke Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 10/8/2017
End date: 11/8/2017
Time: 9am to 5pm


393 Argyle St
Hobart, TAS 7000
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 14/8/2017
End date: 15/8/2017
Time: 9am to 5pm


Earlybird - $693 until 31 May
Standard - $825 from 1 June
Ticketing charge of $2.50 applies. Credit card surcharge also applies. Payments can be made via direct deposit or cheque.


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