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Few people know that breathing directly regulates body chemistry and is subject to the same principles of learning as any other behavior. What is often overlooked is that breathing habits that lower oxygen allocation can be learned unwittingly and interact with the quality of our health and performance; for better or worse, consciously or unconsciously, and are usually not obviously identified, such as when feeling stressed or anxious.
Breathing habits are of great interest in that we can change our own body chemistry quickly with breathing, and those changes can have powerful effects. Developing awareness and skills for regulating our breathing chemistry can help us navigate chemistry changes and their effects rather than be subject to them. Breathing habits can have far reaching effects on how we experience ourselves, others, and engage in activities such as peak performance training and creative performing arts, to reducing symptoms where breathing plays a role. When breathing habits are a factor in bringing on compromises, learning breathing that is aligned with good respiration can reduce symptoms in many cases and optimize performance. Breathing habits influence our chemistry profoundly.
Symptoms or compromises during pregnancy, injury, phobia, responses to stressors, focus challenges, asthma, anxiety, or unexplained symptoms are a few examples of ways breathing habits can bring on health and performance concerns (see optimizing CO2 bottom tab). Breathing habits can also be the source of compromises during day to day activities that may be mistakenly attributed to other causes or play a role in them such as migraine or anxiety. Developing breathing habits that support good chemistry can be a missing piece in discovering what you can do to optimize cognitive, physical, emotional, and consciousness qualities that enhance your life.
Whats the big deal about Breathing Chemistry?
The relationship between breathing habits and breathing chemistry plays a direct role in facilitating healthy function on so many levels. Identifying breathing habits that compromise body chemistry becomes especially meaningful when addressing ways to support health, resiliency, and homeostasis. Learning to partner with the body as an intelligent learning system together with direct measurement of CO2 can help sort through confusion regarding body cues and how to respond to support physiology rather than feel trapped by it.
Changes in breathing can make all the difference between feeling at our best and experiencing the effects of disrupted chemistry. Breathing regulates acid-base balance, specifically the pH of extracellular fluids, that is, blood plasma, interstitial fluids (that surround all body cells), lymph, and cerebrospinal fluids. It does so from moment to moment, breath to breath. Breathing controls pH by regulating carbon dioxide concentration within very specific limits. Hence, breathing plays a central role in delivery and utilization of oxygen (through its effect on hemoglobin), electrolyte balance, circulatory physiology (blood flow), acid buffering (like lactic acid), kidney function (bicarbonate and sodium), and muscle function (smooth and skeletal).
Breathing is optimal when respiratory chemistry is regulated optimally by reflexes, regardless of whether or not one is relaxed or stressed, excited or bored, active or inactive, working or playing, focused or distracted. When these reflexes are disturbed unbalanced extracellular acid-base chemistry (pH) is the result, along with symptoms and deficits. Even though breathing is resilient you want to maintain a stable chemical axis aligned with good respiration. Learning what a stable chemical axis feels like, measuring breathing behaviors and chemistry can truly support achieving better physiology goals such as in athletics, learning, creative performance and reduce compromise even stem symptoms. Also, compromises as a result of breathing behaviors are often misinterpreted and mistakenly attributed to "unrelated” causes. Our services recognize the role of behavior in optimizing physiologic function, help you sort through confusion to partner with physiology more effectively.
About learning sessions
Learning is customized to you and is about you developing a relationship with your body system rather than a prescriptive technique imposed upon the body. Symptoms brought on by compromised breathing habits are unique to each individual, learning sessions through BPI are customized to each person for this reason. People who choose these services generally want to find out how breathing is playing a role in their concerns and objectives and what they can do about their concerns if breathing habits play are role in the compromises they experience.
It can be reassuring to rule out if breathing habits are a consideration to address or not in health and performance concerns. Our services focus on identifying in what ways breathing habits may reduce or bring on compromises and we provide you with customized tutorials with the objective of improving oxygen allocation when there are compromises.
We assist you as you partner with your breathing to unlearn breathing habits that disrupt respiration while learning breathing behaviors that are aligned with good respiration. Sessions are about you learning to regulate oxygen allocation based on good blood gas chemistry.
Knowing that breathing can have broad reaching effects points to just how profound chemistry changes can be when it comes mediating health, for example, when it comes understanding stress responses and supporting physiology even during times of challenge. Knowing that breathing habits can mediated body changes is empowering because breathing habits in many cases can be unlearned while breathing habits that support respiration are identified and utilized to support reflexive breathing self-regulation.
Sorting through chemistry changes as a result of breathing habits can be challenging, this is where BPI comes in. We are in pioneers in the identifying, unlearning, and the learning of good breathing habits for self-regulation. Learning how to optimize your physiology and psychology through breathing self-regulation has broad reaching benefits not just on respiration but also related physiology. The outcome is learning how you can navigate and improve your health and performance when breathing habits plays a role.
A Breathing Habit Assessment is about identifying if, where, when, and in what ways breathing habits are disrupting good respiration. A Breathing Habit Assessment provides meaningful information for both you and your breathing educator and is scheduled first. Learning tutorials are about you learning to regulate oxygen allocation based on good blood gas chemistry.
Why breathing services?
When breathing habits get in the way of good respiration the changes in chemistry can bring on profound compromises. Breathing that is not aligned with good respiration can trigger, perpetuate, or cause a wide range of problems without your even realizing it. These effects can range from physical, emotional, cognitive, personality, and behavioral changes. These effects can be experienced as symptoms or deficits that are usually mistakenly attributed to other causes, or are simply passed off as "unexplained" to be treated with psychiatric drugs and or body adjustments. As a consequence, breathing habits and their effects may be perpetuated for a life time if they are not identified, unlearned, and replaced with habits aligned with good respiration.
Dysfunctional breathing habits are rarely identified, let alone meaningfully addressed. Unfortunately, rather than addressing the causes, typically only symptoms are treated, often with medications. Good nutrition, exercise, and sleep while beneficial do not compensate for poor breathing habits and their effects. Identifying Dysfunctional habits so they can be unlearned and replaced with habits that properly instate respiratory reflex-regulated breathing is vital so that the specific learning considerations can be addressed. This means identifying the breathing habits, effects, triggers, sustaining factors, and history as part of what becomes important in unlearning the breathing habits that compromise. We provide services that focus on the chemistry of breathing identification, habit identification, unlearning, and learning to optimize breathing consistent with good respiration .
Benefits of Breathing Services with Behavioral Phys
Below are some benefits of our breathing services:
(1) to identify when and if oxygen allocation is being compromised by breathing habits and,
(2) what are the breathing habits that contribute to lowering oxygen allocation,
(3) learn how you can improve oxygen allocation when its low due to breathing habits, or symptom triggers,
(4) to measure breathing chemistry and behaviors directly with instrumentation analysis, live moment to moment,
(5) to rule out the likelihood of breathing habits as a contributing factor in symptoms and deficits,
(6) the teaching of breathing habits in alignment with good respiration for optimizing comprehensive fitness (body, mind, emotion),
(7) to gain skills for partnering with your physiology and psychology with the objective of instating breathing homeostasis and related body benefits,
(8) to find out when breathing is mediating symptoms and deficits and,
(9) to learn what you can do to improve breathing habits and reassess improvement on health and performance
(10) to identify and learn what breathing habits optimize body chemistry and related benefits
(11) to unlearn breathing habits that disrupt breathing regulation and body function
(12) to unlearn habits that disrupt respiration from home where habits are often learned while learning you can benefit from improving breathing behavior
(14) to assess in what ways breathing behaviors influence emotional balance, cognitive function, physical experience, and awareness.
Optimizing CO2 is known to have profound effects on the following...
These physiological and emotional states can be transformed by people who have learned how to monitor and regulate their carbon dioxide levels.
NEUROLOGICAL SYMPTOMS: epilepsy, ADD, ADHD
COGNITIVE DEFICITS: attention, learning, thinking, problem solving, memory
PSYCHOMOTOR DISTURBANCES: coordination, reaction time, integration
EMOTIONAL REACTIVITY: anger, anxiety, low mood, frustration tolerance
PERFORMANCE ANXIETY: public speaking, test taking, music recitals
PSYCHOLOGICAL SYNDROMES: phobias, panic attack, anxiety syndromes, depression
PERSONALITY CHANGES: self-esteem, confidence, cognitive style, emotional posture
PREGNANCY: fetal health, premature birth, symptoms during pregnancy
MUSCLE COMPROMISE: spasm, hyperreflexia, pain, tetany, weakness, fatigue, and stiffness
NEUROMUSCULAR DYSFUNCTIONS: repetitive strain injury (RSI), pain, injury, fibromyalgia
BLOOD IRREGULARITIES: red blood cell rigidity
PHYSICAL DEFICITS: physical endurance, altitude sickness, acute fatigue, chronic fatigue, effort syndrome
SLEEP DISTURBANCES: apnea, disturbances
DEFENSIVENESS: denial, self-talk, dissociation, disconnectedness
STRESS SYMPTOMS: fatigue, generalized anxiety, burnout, and physical symptoms
CARDIOVASCULAR DISTURBANCES: angina, heart attack, arrhythmias, nonspecific pain, ECG
abnormalities (effects of calcium), thrombosis (blood clotting)
VASCULAR SYMPTOMS: hypertension, migraine phenomena, digital artery spasm, ischemia
RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS: bronchial constriction and spasm, airway resistance, asthma symptoms and attack
GASTRIC SYMPTOMS: irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), nausea, cramping, bloatedness, non-ulcer dyspepsia
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