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Breathing Retraining


Are you feeling stress over a job interview or an important presentation? Or perhaps you frequently feel spaced out, suffer memory lapses, lose your cool easily? If so, Breath Coaching may be able to help.

Breath Coaching is a medically proven technique that helps you breeze through stressful situations and sort a host of symptoms – without resorting to medication.

What is overbreathing?

You’ll be familiar with the problem of overbreating but few people know about overbreathing. Nine out of ten people are thought to overbreathe. Surely, the more oxygen you get the better? Well, not quite. Overbreathing actually reduces the oxygen supply to your brain. Just one minute of overbreathing triggers up to a 40 per cent loss of oxygen to your brain.

Why is overbreathing harmful?

Over 30 years of medical research shows the link between overbreathing and a host of medical symptoms, such as: sleepless nights, tension headaches, palpitations, hypertension, irritable bowel syndrome, muscle pains, fatigue, sleep apnea, asthma, breathlessness, chest pain, sexual dysfunction, allergic responses, and anxiety.

Overbreathing can make you so nervous that you flunk out at public speaking, romantic encounters, interviews, artistic performances, social events, competitive sports events or exams.

How can Breath Retraining help you?

One-to-one breathing rehabilitation sessions uses the latest biofeedback techniques so you can monitor your own levels of overbreathing and correct them.

Stefan Chmelik can assess your breathing using Capnography and Nijmegen.

See Breathing Pattern Disorder

Benefits of breathing properly include:

  • Dramatic reductions in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with pain that may not go away
  • Dramatic decreases of anxiety, depression, hostility and the tendency to somatise
  • More effective skills in managing stress
  • An increased ability to relax
  • Greater energy and enthusiasm for life
  • Improved self-esteem
  • An ability to cope more effectively with both short and long-term stressful situations


Dr Kaplan: Provocative Therapy

In December 2012, as result of a stress at work, I suffered from severe anxiety, fear, panic attacks, tachycardia and insomnia.These symptoms became increasingly severe and were associated with low self-esteem and loss of self-confidence. I consulted my GP who prescribed Citalopram and beta blockers for the tachycardia. The antidepressant did not suit me and I felt worse. I was then referred to Dr Brian Kaplan, to be treated with the ‘Provocative Therapy’. This treatment adapted by Dr Kaplan, is based on the principle that the therapist ask questions covering all aspects of the patient’s life, by exaggerating the meanings of it. During the 1 hour session, the patient experiences a strong reaction, triggered by the ‘Provocative’ input of the therapist. Initially, there is an increased fear with regression to the childhood, associated to strong emotions and sorrow, which may precipitate sobbing. Subsequently, this state is followed by a phase of self-analysis which is more constructive. The ‘provocation’ breaks the pattern of the patient’s own feelings of hopelessness and discomfort. In fact, there is an opening of the self-image and a critical strong desire for change, in response to the provocation, which can be at times, outrageous. I underwent 9 weekly sessions during which I progressively became free from fear. The anxiety and panic attacks reduced significantly and I started to know what I want from my life and became more positive and optimistic. At the end of the 9 weeks, I acquired my self-confidence and self – esteem together with a new approach in my life which initially appeared to me broken and rather useless. The 9 sessions – in my opinion – were sufficient to resolve the initial acute state with anxiety and I felt a person full of interest and happier.  It is more than one year since I started the ‘provocative therapy’ with Dr Kaplan and I have not had any relapse to the original symptoms and discomfort. I strongly recommend this this therapy as a novelty; this is medication- free and can produce resolution of the acute psychological/mental conditions, quicker than the conventional therapies. In order to be successful, it is crucial that the patient collaborates and has complete trust in the therapist. The scientific process of such a treatment is not yet known and /or clarified. However, a number of recent studies in Neurophysiology and Psychiatry have shown the importance of hexogen and endogen stimuli, which can triggers and induce changes in the brain in response to the external inputs, acting via the hypothalamic/endocrine axes. It can be suggested that some of these mechanisms may be involved in the therapeutic process of the Provocative Therapy, but a lot of work needs to be in hand.