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Breathe Deep: Improving your breathing to gain energy and focus

Breathe Deep: Improving your breathing to gain energy and focus

Breathing is a natural function and often taken for granted–until it becomes difficult. Many conditions can contribute to difficulty breathing, from infections and inflammation to genetic and developmental malfunction. There are many times when breathing is hampered by something as simple, but profound, as muscular imbalances, fascial restrictions or habituated improper breathing patterns.
This course explores breath from a functional perspective. The class includes a review of the structural and soft tissue anatomy of respiration and how imbalances can lead to respiratory restriction. It will focus on techniques to release restrictions in 4 major respiratory muscles plus the diaphragm, including self-care techniques to relax or strengthen the muscles. The class will include practice, assessment and practice time.
This class offers helpful tools for bodyworkers, athletes, singers, wind instrument musicians, swimmers, those with chronic respiratory deficiency, or anyone with a shoulder-forward posture throughout the day.
What You Will Learn

Examine the Structural anatomy of respiration
 Identify the key Movements of the structures
Recognize the various breathing movements and patterns
Identify Paradoxical breathing and some causes
Identify the key muscles responsible for respiratory restriction
Discuss strategies to reduce restrictions in yourself and your clients
Discover effective strategies for releasing the restrictions in the muscles
Identify self-care and client homework techniques for stretching and strengthening.

Michelle Burns has been a massage therapist since 1992 and has focused her practice on working with medically compromised clients. Prior to becoming a massage therapist, she worked as a registered nurse and later, as a health recovery specialist. Michelle has studied with numerous well-known therapists as well as body physiology specialists, to provide her with the tools to make a difference. She has been teaching for over 10 years and her classes are full of information and opportunities to explore. She currently has a massage business in Austin.
For additional information, check out the class description at Advanced Holistic Healing Arts

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Advanced Holistic Healing Arts (AHHA)