Breathing retraining activities are appropriate for people who seek to improve their breathing habits as a complementary, self-care, wellness and fitness activity.
If you have symptoms of breathlessness, please see a doctor to identify the cause and rule out acute illness.
Here is a list of contraindicated conditions and other situations for which caution is required.
severe renal failure (includes dialysis)
sickle cell disease
some types of COPD, including cor pulmonare (please check with your doctor)
current cancer treatment
recent heart attack within the last six months
brain tumor and trauma
history of serious cardiac rhythm disorder
presence of transplanted organs
Make sure to advise us if you have one of these conditions so we can design a very gentle program for you. Breathing retraining and breathing exercises produce a mild stress on the body so that it can adapt to new conditions and function better in the future. It's similar to weight or aerobic training at the gym. If the demands due to the exercises are too high, there is no adaptive response, and as a result, the exercises can even produce a negative effect.
diabetes, particularly Type 2
angina/previous heart attack
past history of serious mental illness
reduced kidney function
history of blood clots
loss of CO2 sensitivity
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Breathing Retraining Center LLC’s educational products, courses and coaching are designed to improve breathing skills for people whose issues may be related to habits that have the potential to be improved, as a self-care/wellness activity. Breathing difficulty may be a warning sign of a life-threatening heart or lung condition, infection or other illness. Always check with your doctor about your own situation.The Buteyko Breathing Technique and other breathing-retraining strategies we teach are an alternative approach and are not the practice of medicine, psychology or a form of psychotherapy, nor are they a substitute for seeking medical or psychological advice from an appropriate professional health-care provider. We want to make the important distinction between using the Buteyko Breathing Technique and other breathing-retraining strategies for health and well-being and the practice of medicine, psychology or any other licensed health-care profession.Breathing classes, coaching and other services from Breathing Retraining Center LLC are offered by teachers who are not licensed by the State of California as physicians or other healing-arts practitioners unless so noted. We offer alternative non-medical/non-psychological techniques and our services are considered to be alternative or complementary to the healing arts that are licensed by the State of California.
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