Breathing Retraining for Health Professionals Levels 1 & 2 Feb 2019

 Level 1: Basics of Healthy Breathing – Feb 7

Level 2: Essentials of Breathing Retraining  – Feb 8-10

A systematic and effective approach to assessing and correcting dysfunctional breathing

Towards better mental and physical health in our community

Health professionals with knowledge and skills to improve breathing have enormous potential to make a difference.

A dysfunctional breathing pattern disturbs basic physiological and biochemical processes and underlies many chronic and serious disorders prevalent today in adults and children. These include Asthma | Nasal Problems | Anxiety & Panic Disorders & PTSD | Snoring | Sleep Apnoea | Mouth Breathing | Airway & Orthodontic Issues. Dysfunctional breathing is however rarely recognised, as assessment of a person’s baseline (everyday) breathing pattern is not part of standard medical diagnosis.

Better breathing skills and breathing retraining can enhance the efficacy of many health and wellness modalities. It offers effective, rapid and lasting relief from symptoms of breathing-related disorders. Breathing retraining is safe, science-based and supported by research.

Manly, Sydney, 7 February & 8-10 February, 2019

This highly experiential and content-rich training has immediate clinical application. Physiotherapist Tess Graham (BSc, PGD Phty, Dip Buteyko Method), shows you how this evidence-based approach can help to normalise physiology, enhance oxygenation, and improve your clients’ sleep, and physical and mental wellbeing.

Level 1: Basics of Healthy Breathing

1-Day Introductory level workshop, Thurs Feb 7th, 2019. (CPD hours: 7)

This workshop is designed for health and wellness practitioners who want to enhance their effectiveness with breath work and breath management within their modality. See course outline below.

Commonly reported benefits to clients include: improved ability to nose breathe; less mucus and congestion; feeling calmer, more relaxed; improved quality of sleep; less breathless with activity

Who should attend? This workshop is suited to physiotherapists, psychologists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, rehab therapists, nurses, myofunctional therapists, sleep & dental health professionals, myotherapists, exercise physiologists, Pilates, yoga and fitness instructors.

Pre-requisite: Health science, health education, or wellness practitioner qualification.
Participants in the Feb 8 Level 1 training who meet qualification guidelines may also enrol in the Feb 9-11 Level 2 training (see below).

$390         Inclusions: Course Notes and Workbook, Certificate of Attendance



Level 2: Essentials of Breathing Retraining

3-day course, Feb 8-10, 2019 Manly, (Fri – Sun) with a 6-months mentoring program. (Total CPD hours: 30).

This training reviews and expands upon Level 1 training, teaches the skills and structure for delivering effective breathing retraining programs, includes instruction in the nine habits of healthy breathing, goes deeper into theory, practice and application, includes personal experience of breathing retraining, and is followed by a 6-month mentoring program via Zoom online conference. (One 90-min session per month for 6 months).  See course outline below.

Commonly reported benefits to clients include: the ability to nose breathe, day, night, and with moderate exercise; less mucus and congestion;improved quality of sleep; less snoring, less waking and sleep disturbance; fewer overnight toilet trips; reduced leg twitching/restless legs; mouth and throat not as dry on waking; fewer early morning headaches; improve capacity for exercise; reduced asthma symptoms; 68% average reduction in “Total Symptom Score” after five days of breathing retraining *
*from data collected 1993-2017 – Breathing Training Centre and Buteyko Health Solution, ACT, (Tess Graham)

Who should attend? Level 2 trainings are for health professionals wanting to include evidence-based breathing education/breathing retraining programs into their clinical work or to expand on the breath work and breath management that is incorporated into their current modality. These courses are designed for physiotherapists, psychologists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, rehab therapists, nurses, myofunctional therapists and dental health professionals working with clients with breathing-related issues, including asthma, anxiety disorders, PTSD, sleep and airway disorders and poor exercise capacity.

Pre-requisite: Level 1 Basics of Healthy Breathing or Essential Breathing Skills Workshop and health science/ health education qualification.


  • Practice development modules (Value $495)
  • Personal experience of breathing retraining (Value $790)
  • 2 hours of breathing coaching during exercise – hill-walk and swimming (Value $350)

Inclusions: Course Notes and Workbook, Certificate of Attendance, Outdoor breathing coaching sessions (hill-walk,swim)


Add a new, exciting and rewarding dimension to your practice


With less than 30% of the population breathing correctly there is a
great need for health professionals skilled in breathing retraining


A woman who have a asthme crisis outside





In this live training, Tess Graham, physiotherapist, breathing educator and sports performance coach, is teaching the techniques of breathing retraining that she has developed and applied over the past 25 years to achieve extraordinary outcomes for over 6500 people with breathing-related disorders. Tess’s style of breathing retraining (BreatheAbility) is simple, safe, comfortable, and easy to blend into busy and stressful lives.

Breathing retraining is the process of identification and correction of dysfunctional breathing habits to restore a physiologically normal pattern of breathing. This allows calm, silent, easy breathing (awake and asleep), balanced blood chemistry, and optimal oxygenation and function of all cells, tissues and organs. Full mental and physical wellbeing depend on correct breathing. Over 90% of people report significant reduction or elimination of snoring, asthma symptoms, blocked nose and anxiety and panic attacks within five days, and increased capacity for exercise.

This comprehensive training includes:

  • Assessment and correction of dysfunctional breathing patterns
  • Mechanical, physiological, psychological and biochemical effects of dysfunctional breathing.
  • Integrating physiologically normal breathing into psychological therapy, ADL, speech, sleep, sport, yoga, Pilates, meditation
  • Delivering breathing retraining programs to adults and children with breathing-related disorders (Level 2)
  • Working with doctors and healthcare professionals
  • Buteyko Method techniques (Level 2)
  • Practice development modules (Level 2)
  • Personal experience of breathing retraining (Level 2)
  • 2 hours of breathing coaching during exercise  –  hill walk and swimming (Level 2)
  • Monthly mentoring via Zoom for 6 months (Level 2)
    See below for Level 1 and Level 2 daily outline

The course is a combination of theory, practice, case presentation and discussion. The Level 2 training also has a module focused on helping you develop a successful breathing retraining practice and is followed by an invaluable 6-month mentoring program where we meet via Zoom for 90-mins once a month. [30 continuing education hours total]

All participants in Level 2 training partake in daily breathing retraining for their own health and wellbeing and in order to be more effective breathing educators. The positive changes reported include feeling calmer, lower respiration and heart rate, faster recovery from exercise, clearer nose, better sleep and more energy. Two optional sessions of (nose-) breathing coaching in exercise – a hill walk (or jog) and swimming are included.

kate-m-swimming-2Byron Bay Trainees Lighthouse climbPHOTO 1: 2016 participants breathing easy after steep climb to the Byron Bay lighthouse while comfortably nose-breathing (see video)

PHOTO 2: 2016 participants try out breath control during swimming. Nose-breathing swimming video



Level 1:
International College of Management Sydney, 151 Darley Rd, Manly, NSW
Feb 7, 2019,    9.00am – 5.00pm (7 hrs)

Inclusions: Course Notes and Workbook, Certificate


Level 2:
International College of Management Sydney, 151 Darley Rd, Manly, NSW
Feb 8-10, 2019,           9.00am – 4.30pm + 6 months mentoring program (30 hrs)

$2400    Level 2
Inclusions: Course Notes and Workbook, Certificate, Outdoor breathing coaching sessions (hill walk/jog; swim)



NOTE: Level 2 program has booked out in advance each year 2012-2018



Accommodation at the venue – the International College of Management – is available starting from $65 per night per person for a limited number of participants. Details to book accommodation will be sent out with confirmation of course registration until all the places are filled. NOTE: Only rooms for males are still available




This program is only held once every 12 months in Australia.


Tess GrahamCOURSE LEADER    

Tess Graham, physiotherapist and breathing educator, has extensive clinical and research experience in breathing retraining. She has worked exclusively in this field for 25 years, establishing Australia’s first dedicated breathing clinic in 1993. Tess is an internationally recognised authority on breathing, sleep and sports performance. She is the author of Relief from Snoring and Sleep Apnoea (2012) and Relief from Anxiety and Panic (2017). Tess holds the Diploma in the Buteyko Breathing Method (Moscow 1998).



Level 1      Thurs Feb 7     9.00 – 4.30pm
Today’s topics:
Identifying dysfunctional breathing patterns; Breathing-related disorders: prevalence, statistics; Basics of anatomy and mechanics of breathing; Concepts of normal and abnormal breathing; Relevant physiology of breathing; Mechanical, physiological, psychological and biochemical effects of dysfunctional breathing; The breathing/anxiety /insomnia/sleep disorders connection; Factors triggering and perpetuating dysfunctional breathing/overbreathing; Myths and misunderstandings about breathing; Breathing retraining principles; Introduction to BreatheAbility® – 9 Habits of Healthy Breathing; Instruction in healthy breathing habits 1-3; Strategies to relieve and prevent the stress response, breathlessness, panic attacks and insomnia; Teaching clients to integrate better breathing into everyday life; Adapting better breathing into fitness training, rehab, Pilates, yoga, meditation and psychological therapy.
Level 2      Friday Feb 8   9.00 – 4.30pm
Review of Level 1 training (see above).
Breathing Retraining Session (practical) Introduction and Lesson 1:  BreatheAbility® – 9 Habits of Healthy Breathing.
Today’s topics:
Tailoring the program for best results;  breathing retraining history, principles and practice; food, water, salt and breathing; mouth-breathing, airway and orthodontic issues; formal and informal practice, blending practice into everyday activities; lifestyle strategies and behaviours to facilitate and maintain improved breathing; case presentations; asthma and asthma medications; 1st-aid breathing remedies for blocked nose,  asthma, anxiety and panic attacks; better breathing during sleep; food diaries.


Level 2      Saturday Feb 9   9.00 – 4.30pm
Reassessment and Review
Breathing Retraining Session
Breathing training in walking/ jogging – hill walk
Today’s topics:  Anxiety and panic disorder, PTSD, Panic Control Exercise; sleep disorders; sleep hygiene; medical diagnostics, medical treatments for breathing disorders; healing response; working with children, case presentations
Practical: teaching skills, role-playing
Level 2      Sunday Feb 10   9.00 – 4.30pm
Reassessment and Review
Breathing Retraining Session
Breathing training in swimming
Today’s topics: Introduction to Buteyko breathing techniques; speech and breathing, working with singers, actors, presenters; improving exercise and fitness capacity, helping people with more chronic and serious disorders; application of breathing retraining for the very young, the elderly, chronic and complicated conditions, serious anxiety disorders; working with doctors and other health professionals; when to refer; hold-ups to improvement; breaking through; the ‘3 Day Holiday’, the follow-on process, case presentations.
Practical: practice teaching modules
Practice Development (Module 1)
ONLINE MENTORING SESSIONS VIA ZOOM (90mins x 1/mth x 6 mths)
Topics include: case presentations & discussions, Q&A, more discussion on breathing-related illnesses, healing responses, adapting breathing retraining to those who have chronic and complicated illnesses; fine tuning the use of breath-pauses and Buteyko techniques; sports performance enhancement, sports recovery techniques, working with individual and team athletes; working with children; practice development.
Attracting and enrolling clients; delivering exceptional value; planning, fee structure, program structure, networking, developing word-of-mouth and professional referrals, liaising with health professionals; presenting information seminars.



  • Registrations will be processed in order of arrival. Please register early to ensure you have a place at the workshop/course.
  • Confirmation – venue information with receipt will be emailed within 3 days of receipt of registration form
  • Fees inclusive of GST
  • Transfer to another attendee in full is accepted – but shared / split registration is not, given the nature of this training. Transfer registration to another training not permitted
  • DISCLAIMER: we accept no responsibility in the unlikely event circumstances beyond our control result in the cancellation of part or all of the event and we reserve the right to make changes to the training without notice
  • All dates subject to expiry at 8pm AEST for post and electronically received registrations for Earlybird registrations and 6pm AEST for STANDARD and LATE registrations
  • Late / Onsite registration – no guarantee of materials after Close of Standard Registration – 5 days before the event
  • Expiry dates and times – no negotiation for any reason to be fair to all delegates
  • Participants are expected to have appropriate registration and Professional Indemnity cover.


A confirmed registration will be refunded in full if cancellation is requested six weeks prior to commencement of the course. Cancellations within the six-week period will be refunded at 70% if the full amount had been paid; nil if only part payment was made. All cancellations will incur a $75 administration fee.



On a whim, four years ago, I took an introductory course for physiotherapists on breathing dysfunction and breathing re-training. At the time, I did not anticipate that this course would ultimately spark a deep interest and passion in the topic and set me in a completely new direction within my profession. Almost immediately, I set on a mission for more advanced training from ‘the best’ in the field.  Earlier this year I was given a copy of Tess Graham’s first book and suddenly I felt as though I had hit the proverbial ‘jack pot’.  The approach that Tess has developed  over 25 years – BreatheAbility®  – perfectly blended  everything I had learned about breathing science up until then (and then more) in a way that deeply resonated with me and my clinical style.  So, when the opportunity to train and mentor with Tess in Byron Bay presented I knew I absolutely had to find a way to make the long sojourn from Canada. Learning directly with Tess was such a special and life changing experience. Heather Grieve BSc. PT, RPT, Ontario Canada. Dec 2016

Breathing retraining has been an important tool in my repertoire of treatment strategies for over twenty years.  However, completing Tess’s course has completely changed the way I understand and address breathing issues amongst my clientele.  Adopting her techniques has led to rapid progress in symptom relief early on in treatment, contributing to greater gains in therapeutic progress overall. Fiona Sandilands – clinical psychologist, ACT

This is a very worthwhile course for a physiotherapist wanting to enhance their knowledge and skills around breathing. In addition, providing breathing retraining programs has added a new dimension to my practice.
Kate Milne – Breathing Matters, Countrywide Physiotherapy, Angaston SA

I am very impressed with Tess Graham’s knowledge and expertise and the usefulness of the techniques she teaches. I am amazed by using these simple techniques, I am able to help my clients with various chronic conditions including deconditioned, neurological and COPD to achieve better breathing control and improve on their mobility and balance more easily. May Kwan, community physiotherapist, Brisbane, QLD

The outcomes that I saw Tess achieve in 5 days were amazing.Tess is an excellent communicator. Caroline Ash – Buteyko breathing educator, Tasmania

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