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Transformational Breath® is proving beneficial in the treatment of asthma, sometimes enabling a reduction or withdrawal of medication. (1)
When Greg* began Transformational Breath® sessions he struggled to walk upstairs. He had been hospitalised three times with severe, painful, life-threatening asthma attacks. He relied on three different prescribed medications. A psychiatrist had recognised an emotional link between his breathing difficulties and severe emotional abuse he had experienced during his childhood, a link made by Goyeche, J, et al, (2)
I began by analysing Greg’s breathing: I noted that he was using his back muscles to control his breathing and his outbreath seemed forced – a pattern typical of asthma sufferers. His sub-sternal muscles were barely functioning, preventing air flow into his abdomen.
The first few sessions focussed on Greg relearning how to breathe naturally, using his diaphragm and the whole of his respiratory system. The use of sound and gentle movement also helped to relax and energise him and improve the flow of his breathing. In sessions, he gradually habituated to a circular continuous breath pattern, enabling his breathing to gradually open up where it had previously been blocked. This in turn enabled him to integrate some of childhood trauma he had experienced that had been dormant in his cellular memory for all those years and affecting his physical wellbing without him realising it. Like other asthmatics, he benefited from pressure on different ‘body mapping’ points, similar to acupressure, especially on his abdomen and chest.
After 3 sessions, with his Dr’s agreement, Greg was able to begin to reduce his medication. After 18 months he was able to take part in a 10 kilometer run. He described feeling much lighter, freed from both his asthma and the burden he had been carrying of his childhood experiences. He now finds that regular Transformational Breath® self-sessions enable him to prevent a build up of stress in his body. He rarely needs to use his remaining inhaler of Ventalin these days.
Andria Falk, MA/CQSW, Post Graduate Diploma of Psychoanalytical Observational Studies, Senior Practitioner, British Register of Complementary Therapists and Certified Senior Trainer and Certified Facilitator, Transformational Breath Foundaton UK
(1) Kravitz J. 2007 Breathe deep, laugh loudly, Free Breath Press.
(2) Goyeche, J, Ago, Y Ikemi, Y Asthma the yoga perspective Part 1: The somatopsychic imbalance in asthma: towards a holistic therapy. Asthma Research 1980: 17(3);111-121
First published as Falk A (2009) Clinical roundup. How do you treat asthma in your practice? Transformational breathing therapy. Alternative and Complementary Therapies 15(6): 318–22
*anonymised for reasons of confidentiality
Alan Dolan, Transformational Breath-trained ‘Breath Guru’ has launched an app that you can download – with a short, revitalising session of breathwork, suitable for a daily practice, and also a longer 30-minute session – maybe more useful as a guide if you have already had sessions with a facilitator. The first one could be great if you are hesitatant to book a session and want to test it out first. Like BirminghamBreathes, Alan wants to get the whole world breathing! www.breathguru.com – press on the word ‘app’ at the top right side.
Yes it certainly does! Andria Falk, Rachel Falk and Rachel Upton, all Birmingham-based Transformational Breath afficionados have now trained in Laughter Yoga with Morag Wylie, Transformational Breath Co-trainer and Laughter Yoga Trainer, based in Falkirk, Scotland. Rachel Falk is now running a not-for-profit Laughter Club at Kings Heath Quaker Meeting House on the first and third Saturdays in the month at 10.30 am. It’s a fantastic and uplifting way to start the weekend! Maybe see you there!
You may have met Dr. Pippa Wheble at one of our Birmingham Breathes 2015/16 trainings. Follow this link to see her talking about the findings from her recent research with singers.
Pippa explains how just one session of Transformational Breath significantly reduced both general and performance anxiety and depression and lowered blood pressure and heart rate. Fantastic news Pippa; great work!
Birmingham Breathes is proud to be endorsing a new book about conscious breathing written by our colleague Rebecca Dennis. The first UK-written book about Transformational Breath, It’s suitable for people new to breathwork as well as dedicated ‘breathers’. There are inspirational case studies and lots of short breathing exercises to try at home. If you have issues around depression, anxiety, stress, childhood trauma etc that you are struggling with and would like to see if breathing can make the difference, then this is the book for you. It’s available from Amazon, Waterstones and W.H. Smiths. You may well want to follow up with a Transformational Breath session with Val or I! And it would make a good Christmas present for people new to breathwork.
Birmingham Breathes is delighted that its’ UK parent organisation Transformational Breath Foundation UK has been awarded the accolade of ‘ Best Complementary Medicine Organisation for 2014 by the prestigious Institute for Complementary and Natural Medicine. We at Birmingham Breathes have been closely involved in developing our national organisation and are delighted that Transformational Breath has been honoured in this way.
People don’t generally come to Transformational Breath for help with this condition. More likely they will tell their facilitator about it to make sure they can breathe in a position that’s both beneficial and comfortable. And we certainly dont make claims that we can cure any medical conditions. Nevertheless, some people are reporting that sessions of Transformational Breath are definitely easing their back pain. Judith Kravitz , Founder of the International Transformational Breath Foundation, advises: “I have worked with many people who have found relief from chronic back conditions through the full opening of their respiration, releasing tension and strain and thus creating a freer flow of energy in thebody and activating the body’s natural healing ability.” There are also medical studies that correlate poor breathing with lower back pain. Something to think about! Please contact us if you would like a copy of Andria Falk’s paper on this issue.