Step 1: Let’s assess your baseline breathing fitness level. We can't start where you are until we know where you're at!
Step 2: Build a foundation of healthy breathing habits. Normalize your baseline breathing pattern when you’re still or moving slowly. Learn to apply tools of the Corrective Breathing Formula – breathe with your nose, stop breathing with your mouth, and breathe less -- whenever your breathing feels labored.
Step 3: Use your breathing foundation to exercise as efficiently as possible. Receive progressive training to build stamina.
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 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 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. 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 without discomfort in the smoky air caused by the recent Northern California wildfires, even during the infamous Camp Fire centered in Paradise, CA when the San Francisco Bay Area was reported to have the worst air quality in the world for a couple weeks last year.
Lisa is a certified massage practitioner in California. Lisa 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.
It depends where you start and how much you apply yourself, just like personal training at the gym!
Our program is designed to teach you how to notice the difference between poor and healthy breathing habits, and then offer a series of progressive activities to practice, to make positive changes.
Most of us are taking at least 20,000 breaths a day in a pattern that's automatic and mostly invisible to us, until we start examining it. Through breathing retraining, you are shown how to make incremental changes to that pattern for a short period a couple times a day -- ideally blended into your regular routine -- which will begin to change the automatic programming the rest of the time.
We offer several options -- from a month-to-month, online-only, accountability-coaching program to a three-month intensive for athletes and others who want to make serious change at a faster pace.
The first step to working with us is to complete an application that describes you and your breathing-fitness goals, and then we can talk about the next best step to achieve them.
Ideally we will meet in person for your Baseline Breathing Assessment. The Breathing Retraining Center office is in San Rafael, CA -- 12 miles north of San Francisco.
Since frequency and consistency are key to success, we can hold most subsequent sessions online for 20 or 30 minutes once or twice a week at a convenient time to check in and progress the instructions. Appointments start from 7 a.m. on.
From time to time it may make sense to meet in person, especially for advanced training of breathing techniques to improve sports performance.
Breathing retraining is a self-management approach that focuses on conditioning your breathing. 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 is not a treatment or cure. If you 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.
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.
12 Mitchell Blvd., San Rafael, CA 94903
415-454-3400 // info@BreathingRetrainingCenter.com