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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


Chronic fatigue

"I first got ill at the age of 28 and started on a 12-year downward path (later diagnosed as ME) which left me bedridden for years. I wasn't even strong enough for a longer telephone conversation, so my husband had to discuss my situation with Dr. Downing! I started improving almost immediately and quite soon I was able to start doing my own telephone consultations! Four years later I was strong enough to tolerate the EPD treatments for food and chemical sensitivities; after 5 years I cooked my first meal again, and after exactly 10 years I was able to travel abroad on holiday. Dr. Downing's immensely skilful, patient and good-humoured help had given me back my life."