In children, mouth breathing is associated with anatomical abnormalities such as enlarged tonsils and adenoids, blockage of the sinuses or nose from polyps, a deviated septum, congestion, crooked teeth, skewed facial growth and poor sleep issues.
Mouth breathing has been linked to chronic conditions including asthma, allergies, snoring, anxiety, attention-deficit disorder, bad breath and gum disease. It tends to worsen symptoms of other illnesses.
Mouth breathing is common but not normal. Mouth breathing is stress breathing, When we are mouth breathing, our nervous systems are in the fight-or-flight state, not in the rest-and-relax state that allows for healing and growth.
Becoming aware of the tell-tale signs of when you and others are mouth breathing.
Learning or re-learning how to do the basic activities of human life -- from eating, talking and walking to vigorous exercise -- with nasal breathing, not mouth breathing.
Strategies for easily anchoring your breathing practice onto other regular routines you already have in place.
In-person or online coaching sessions
Becoming aware of the tell-tale signs of when you and others are mouth breathing
Learning or re-learning how to do the basic activities of human life -- from eating, talking and walking to vigorous exercise -- with nasal breathing, not mouth breathing
Strategies for easily anchoring your breathing practice onto other regular routines you already have in place
We offer custom coaching sessions for parents of babies and toddlers, and families, to transition from mouth breathing to nasal breathing.
We can work with you online wherever you are, or at our San Francisco Bay Area office.
Private clients usually have a kick-off session and then regular follow-ups. Inbetween times, you have anytime e-mail and text access to your coach.
We host Family Breathing Days -- an activity-based program for school-age kids and their grown-ups to transition from mouth breathing to full time nasal breathing -- at our San Rafael, CA office several times a year.
Two affordable, independent two-hour classes are offered at this time: Breathing Foundations and Breathing Conditioning. See more information about the classes here.
We're also eager to take this on the road to other locations. Contact us if you'd like to host a Family Breathing Days series at your location!
Lisa Bowen has been coaching people with labored breathing since 2011.
Lisa first took an interest in breathing retraining more than 10 years ago to work with her own asthma. Despite puffing on her rescue inhaler before, during and after exercise, she still often couldn't catch her breath.
As she practiced breathing toning and control exercises, Lisa noticed it was becoming easier to hike a three-mile loop in the hills behind her house that she'd been doing for years. Today she can do it easily in half the time it took her 20 years ago.
Lisa became obsessed with sharing what she'd learned and started her coaching practice in 2011 with a two-week course to become an instructor of the Buteyko Breathing Technique, the foundational breathing-retraining philosophy that a Ukrainian doctor developed in the 1950s to address chronic hidden hyperventilation. Upon her return home, she recognized for the first time that her own daughter was mouth breathing! Since then she has studied with the most experienced and renowned teachers from Europe and Australia.
After many years now, Lisa has found that better-breathing skills, once learned, become an unconscious competence. (You don't need to explicitly focus on them after a certain point unless there's an emergency that requires more mindful attention). Lisa was amazed and happy to find that she could breathe and exercise with her nose without discomfort in the smoky air caused by the recent Northern California wildfires.
Lisa is a certified massage practitioner in California. She offers alternative, non-medical/non-psychological techniques, and her services are considered to be alternative or complementary to the healing arts that are licensed by the state of California.
We take an average of 20,000 breaths a day, most of them unconsciously. So if we're mouth breathing and don't practice nasal breathing, the alternative, the change is likely not going to happen. Many people aren't even aware how they're breathing, so the classes serve to increase their awareness.
It's very common that the parents of kids who are mouth breathing, are mouth breathing too. And it's hard to make kids stop doing something that you are also doing.
You likely also may have symptoms of poor breathing habitsthat you weren't aware are breathing-related. These are also the symptoms of being under stress, with your nervous system in overdrive.
Breathing retraining is a self-management approach that focuses on conditioning breathing through a change in habits and then a development of fitness. We're teaching a set of tools -- based on simple, scientifically-verified principles and exercises -- to normalize the breathing pattern across all the typical activities of daily life. It's not a treatment or cure. If you or a family member have a medical or psychological diagnosis, you can use breathing retraining simultaneously with drugs and any other therapy. It doesn't interfere with them and can even enhance their benefits.
"I've never had a breakthrough in my health as amazing as this! Lisa has shown me a light at the end of a tunnel of chronic illness and chronic coughs. Thank God for this place!"
HH, Alameda, CA
"I highly recommend attending one of Lisa Bowen's Buteyko Blitz Weekends or classes that she offers. Lisa gave me many tools that I am slowly trying to incorporate in my life. Lisa is a competent, personable teacher who both provides information and then makes sure you understand what you are learning by having you practice various methods. I am confident attendees will benefit from this method."
CP, Oakland, CA
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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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