Massage – Treating Breathing Pattern Disorders

Massage – Treating Breathing Pattern Disorders

This hands on practical workshop will introduce you, the participant, to the signs and symptoms that may be associated with breathing pattern disorders and hyperventilation.
It will look at the interacting influences on the body and mind that may affect breathing respiratory function, the visual and practical assessments of parts of the body associated with respiratory function, and introduce you to simple easy to learn practical breathing rehabilitation techniques, based on the work of Leon Chaitow et al.
This course will introduce you to theoretical and practical principles of;

Breathing pattern disorders and hyperventilation syndrome.

Breathing assessment techniques.

Assessment of additional postural muscles associated with breathing.

Breathing rehabilitation exercises.

Can I attend?
This course is suitable for:

All healthcare therapists and body-workers holding a level 3 or above qualification in their modality, and Anatomy and Physiology.

All participants must ensure that they are in good health.

The course is designed to offer an opportunity to integrate new techniques into the learners practice.

What will I learn ?
By the end of the session participants will:
Participants will be able to;

Discuss the possible causes of breathing pattern disorders.

Identify the effects of over breathing.

Demonstrate how to assess respiratory function.

Demonstrate safely and effectively at least 2 functional assessments.

Assess safely additional postural muscles associated with breathing by performing at least 3 muscle length assessment


Guide a patient through at least 3 appropriate breathing relaxation techniques.

Immediately apply learned knowledge and techniques into your practice.

By the end of the day you should be able to;

Professionally and competently demonstrate how to assess respiratory function and simple breathing rehabilitation techniques.

Understand the bio-mechanical, psychosocial and biochemical causes of breathing pattern disorders.

Understand visual and practical assessments of the body.

Undertake muscle length testing and revision of postural muscles associated with breathing.

Immediately apply learned knowledge and techniques into your practice.

Information you need to know before booking
You should pre read;
Scientific evidence based underpinning breathing dysfunction.
Review the current literature.

Kerr W et al, (1937) Some Physical Phenomena Associated with the Anxiety States and their Relation to Hyperventilation. Annals Int Medicine 11: 961
Ott H et al, (2006) Symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome May be Caused by Hyperventilation. Fertility and Sterility 86(4): e17-1001.e19
Thomas M et al (2005) The Prevalence of Dysfunctional Breathing in Adults in the Community With and Without Asthma. Prim Care Respir Jnl 14: 78-82
Van den Bergh O et al (1997) Learning to Have Psychosomatic Complaints: Conditioning of Respiratory and Somatic Complaints in Psychosomatic Patients. Psychosom Med 13-23


Chaitow L et al, (2013) Recognizing and Treating Breathing Disorders – a Multi Disciplinary Approach 2nd ed. Churchill Livingstone
Chaitow L, (2003) Fibromyalgia Syndrome, A Practitioners Guide to Treatment Churchill Livingstone
Chaitow L et al, (2002) Multidisciplinary Approaches to Breathing Pattern Disorders Churchill Livingstone
Chaitow L, (1997) Muscle Energy Techniques Churchill Livingstone.

Refreshments and lunch sadly are not provided.
You will need to bring a pen or pencil, we will be providing everything else; full colour course notes, all of the training equipment etc.


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Can I update my registration information?
Yes, by emailing us

Is my registration fee or ticket transferable?
Yes. If you’re just changing the name, then there is no charge. If you want to change the date of your course, then there is no penalty up to 4 weeks before the course but after this charges will apply and the full range can be found on our website

Is it OK if the name on my ticket or registration doesn’t match the person who attends?