407 Survey of Breathing Interventions

This course will describe a number of programs, techniques, and approaches to changing breathing patterns. Instructing individuals to modify their breathing in order to improve some mental or physical condition is popular among those engaged in human services, but there is some lack of agreement among the myriad methods, and the basic science underlying breathing regulation is often neglected. Breathing is probably the biologic function most alterable by conscious intent and this leverage over deeper body processes offers access to change of many kinds. Techniques such as yoga, bioenergetics, holotropic breathing, Gindler, biofeedback, Buteyko, Reichian, respiratory therapy, diaphragmatic breathing, and rebirthing will be described as to their methods, goals, and (where available) supportive research.