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The diaphragm is like a crossroad in the body. All movement is influenced by the diaphragm as it is closely connected to our entire body – anatomically via muscles, joints and fascia and neurologically – the way we breathe tells the body whether to stay on edge, or to relax and feel calm. See our Facebook page for a link to the full paper on this.

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Check out this article on Stuff about breathing well.  We were interviewed for the article and Aileen pulled out some interesting points. There are also some interesting comments posted – join the discussion :)

http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/well-good/teach-me/62913292/are-you-breathing-the-right-way.html

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Welcome to our new look. Our blog has been replaced with  a News Page which will keep you updated on what we are up to, new research that you may find relevant and useful pointers to help you breathe well. Watch this space :)

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Key activities for good mental health are connecting, giving, learning and activity according to UK research (did I forget one? You can go to the Mental Health Website to check), it’s Mental Health Awareness Week in NZ this week so let’s pick something to do for our own mental health :)

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Asthma Awareness Week starts today – if you or someone you know has asthma please ensure they take their medication as prescribed, have an asthma management plan and work with their health team.

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Interesting study on the effect of exercise on muscles, and how skeletal muscle helps protect us from depression! The weekend will be a good time to get active :)

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We were lucky enough to be featured in this Viva article by Sophie Burton. Check out our Tania Clifton Smith is second on the list :) well done too to physios Trevor Montgomery and Nikki Tse.

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Competitive cyclists take note of this research poster on optimal torso position when racing! Thanks for this POWERbreathe.
We came across this poster of a study into the optimal cycling time trial positions, with the aim of trying to predict the optimum angle for different speeds by using TT position models…

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Here is Tania checking out her MIP (maximum inspiratory pressure) which we use to decide what resistance to set your POWERbreathe at. A must for any top level athlete wanting to improve their performance and feel less short of breath during their event. (Research also supports POWERbreathe’s effectiveness in people with asthma or COPD.)

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Today is World Asthma Day. A good reminder that before winter bugs and other asthma triggers start, come into Breathing Works for our 12 point asthma check-list to make sure you are well prepared to manage your asthma (or any lung disease) this Winter and keep your lungs as clear and strong as you can. Like the WOF for your car, but for your lungs

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It was Brain Day on Saturday at Auckland University. Hyperventilating reduces the oxygen released to your brain dramatically within a minute, making you feel dizzy, or “ditzy”, and can start an epileptic episode. Breathing well allows our brain to work well.

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If you are still awake you will be interested to know it is World Sleep Day – celebrating sleep and promoting the science around it. Our clients often report falling asleep when they practice gentle diaphragmatic breathing before bedtime, – perfect when it’s one of our clients with insomnia! Check out the World Sleep Day website for more info.

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Learning a new skill always takes practice, over a few weeks, and it is the same with learning a new breathing pattern. If you do the 10 minutes twice a day, like my fabulous client this morning, you will get good results so much quicker than doing sometimes practice.

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