For thousands of years, humans have understood breathing has a powerful influence over our physiological and psychological wellbeing. But many people still find it difficult to understand the link between breathing and its impact on our body’s physiology and stress levels. Research has shown the way we breathe has a powerful effect on how stressed we feel. When we feel stressed, one of the physiological changes that occurs is activation of the sympathetic nervous system (fight/flight response) and an immediate increase in respiration switching from slow, abdominal breathing to faster, shallower, chest breathing. This is a normal and healthy response in the short-term. If we are constantly triggering the sympathetic nervous system throughout the day however, we begin to habitually take shorter, shallower breaths with our upper chest, even though the stress may have passed. The danger is that this style of breathing sends signals to the brain that we are under stress when the reality is, it may not really be under stress at all.
Transformational Breath® was the conceptual discovery of Dr Judith Kravitz. She applied her existing knowledge of conscious breathing to a variety of healing techniques, including acupressure, to develop a holistic breathing-based treatment. This treatment has become recognised as a hugely effective self-help tool and the intention is to equip individuals with an appreciation of how they can use their breathing today and every day to bring about personal transformation. Transformational Breath® can be combined with other kinds of alternative therapy to maximise effectiveness.