Webcasts to Address Self-Help Strategies for Reducing Asthma Symptoms

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Breathing Retraining Center is hosting a series of six online discussions about self-help techniques to control asthma symptoms, announced Director Lisa Bowen. Topics include the science behind breathing retraining, minimizing shortness of breath during exercise, and the whole realm of asthma and emotions.

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Just like the scientific and medical community has established guidelines for healthy eating, drinking and exercise, there are benchmarks for healthy breathing too.

Breathing Retraining Center is offering a free asthma webcast series that will highlight self-help breathing techniques designed to reduce symptoms

The series kicks off with an introductory session “What Is Breathing Retraining and How Can It Help My Asthma?” on Nov. 14th at 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET, said Lisa Bowen, breathing educator and director.

Breathing retraining is a process of transforming unhealthy breathing patterns by intentionally practicing breathing awareness and toning exercises a couple times a day, Bowen said. Over time, with skill and practice, autonomic dysfunctional breathing shifts to a healthier breathing pattern.

“It helped me immensely and that’s why I became a breathing educator,” added Bowen, who's had asthma since she was 4..

The intro will cover the philosophy, history and science of breathing retraining as a technique to ease asthma symptoms, plus discuss the process of integrating it into a person’s life.

Find out more at http://www.BreathingRetrainingCenter.com/asthma-webinar-series.php.

Just like the scientific and medical community has established guidelines for healthy eating, drinking and exercise, there are benchmarks for healthy breathing too, Bowen said. Most people with chronic respiratory conditions have been shown to over-breathe, she said, even if other things are also going on, and that’s what breathing retraining addresses.

Future webcasts include:
-- “Asthma and Emotions” on Dec. 12th at 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET with somatic educator Robert Litman. This will cover emotional triggers for asthma, as well as the fear-based emotions asthma creates.

-- “10 Reasons To Increase your Respiratory Fitness Even If Your Asthma Is Controlled By Medication” on January 8th at 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET with Carol Baglia, registered respiratory therapist and registered Buteyko Breathing Educator. This will cover reasons asthmatics might want to strengthen their respiratory health.

-- “The Scientific Case That Breathing Retraining Helps Asthmatics: A Review of the Clinical Trials” on January 16th at 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET with Christine Bauman, chair of the Buteyko Breathing Educators Association. There have been six major studies of the Buteyko Breathing Technique since it was released to the West from Russia in the early 1990s that show a reduction in inhaler usage after people with asthma learned this technique, Bowen said.

Upcoming webinars in the series that are still being scheduled include sessions on “Asthma and Exercise”, and “How To Teach Kids To Breathe Well”.

The webcasts will be recorded for later viewing, so anybody who’s interested should register at Breathing Retraining Center’s website, Bowen said.

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