WHY BREATHING SCIENCE?
Good breathing, from a science viewpoint, is the proper balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the body. When this equilibrium is affected by behaviors or habits, the body suffers physiological stress (Xie, 2004). Improper breathing habits, causing CO2 depletion, have been involved in unexplained symptoms ranging from breathing problems, fatigue, anxiety, headaches, and concentration deficits just to name a few.
While anxiety can affect the breathing, a desynchronized breathing habit can cause unfounded anxiety.
Although conventional therapies consider anxiety to be purely psychological, long-standing medical research shows that a distressed physiology, caused by unstable breathing, can result in anxiety, fear, worry, and panic (Gilbert, 1999). Unfortunately, many people, consider anxiety to be normal. At Respiras it is our firm belief that anxiety is an equal opportunity destroyer that will create unnecessary obstacles in your health, relationships, school, career, business, and overall life satisfaction.
A good CO2 balance is the most powerful relaxer in the body occurring naturally. It has no risk of creating dependence or any other long-term side effects. Our goal is to give you skills to optimize your breathing so you can be energized, calm, peaceful, and confident- even under stress.
CO2 DEFICIENCY ON MENTAL PERFORMANCE
Improper breathing affects mental performance. When the oxygen-carbon dioxide balance is deficient, the brain lacks oxygen and blood circulation. Low CO2 also causes the nervous system to be hyper-excitable. In combination, this problem is capable of taking down the most prepared, well-intended, and diligent student. It can cause judgment errors in any professional, sportsman, or parent. In addition, mental decline can be mistakenly interpreted as a "natural" sign of the aging process.
Common manifestations of CO2 depletion:
- Difficulty breathing
- Sleep disturbances
- Impaired concentration
- Memory deficits
- Pain syndromes
BREATHING AND ASTHMA
Research shows that low CO2, also known as hypocapnia, has been implicated in lung airway constriction, airway resistance, effort of breathing, swelling, coughing, and overall poor lung compliance (Laffey, 2002). While asthma should be respected as a serious lung disease, in some cases disordered breathing in connection to stress and sports can cause respiratory problems capable of mimicking asthma symptoms.
CO2 and breathing re-training can improve the management of asthma with reduced medication when appropriate and reasonable.
We restore and optimize your breathing chemistry using End-tidal CO2 monitoring. Our approach is scientific, using a data-based computerized system to give you measurable results.
Shortness of breath can be a sign of a serious medical condition. Please consult with your doctor to rule out any major organic health problem.