Level 1: Breathing Retraining for Health Professionals

Level 1: Essential Breathing Skills in Clinical Practice

This training provides therapists with a unique model of breath work that is immediately clinically applicable and can greatly enhance their clinical effectiveness.

Online Training for Health Professionals
Live online component – Oct 30-31, 2021

14 CPD Hours

Presenter: Tess Graham, BSc. PGD Physiotherapy, Dip. Buteyko Method, Founder BreatheAbility® International

Never has there been a greater need for health professionals knowledgeable and skilled in helping people to breathe optimally.

Dysfunctional breathing is defined as a behaviour which compromises physiology. It often underlies, aggravates and/or perpetuates many chronic disorders in children and adults, including:
Asthma, Rhinitis, Chronic Cough & COPD | Anxiety & Panic Disorders |Snoring, Sleep Apnoea  & Insomnia |Chronic Pain | Mouth-Breathing, Speech, Airway & Orthodontic Issues | Poor Exercise Capacity.

Though widespread in the community, dysfunctional breathing is however rarely recognised or treated, as assessment of a person’s baseline breathing pattern is not part of standard medical diagnosis. In addition there is much misinformation and mis-instruction about breathing.

Tess Graham’s courses are drawn from a strong base of the biosciences and physiotherapy, accreditation in the Buteyko Breathing Method and over 30 years research and clinical experience. Tess has taught breathing retraining to over 6000 people in her Breathing Training Centre (Est. 1993).

Breathing retraining is a science-based therapy which by restoring a more physiologically normal breathing pattern: normalises blood gas balance, relieves inflammatory and mechanical stress on the airways, rebalances the nervous system and promotes the parasympathetic state, enables optimal oxygenation and neuromuscular function, restores nasal breathing, relaxes airway spasm (and other smooth muscle e.g. vascular and gut); and allows for silent easy breathing during sleep.

Clinical data 1 show >90% of people experience significant relief or elimination of symptoms within 5 days of commencing breathing retraining. First improvements are often seen within hours. Published research documents 96% average reduction in need for bronchodilators in chronic asthmatics in clinical trial 2.

Who should attend?
These courses are designed for physiotherapists, nurses, osteopaths, occupational therapists, psychologists, psychotherapists, social workers, pain and rehab therapists, speech pathologists, OMT, airway and dental-sleep professionals who want to enhance their effectiveness in working with breathing within their modality (Level 1) and to add breathing retraining programs as a new dimension to their practice (Level 2)

Participant Feedback
I am amazed by how rapidly comfortable nasal breathing can be restored in chronic mouth-breathing children through applying simple postural and breathing adjustment techniques I learnt in this course. This transformation did not require the time and effort commitment of other approaches I had tried, nor does this approach involve taping of the mouth.  Robynann Williams, B.App.Sc. speech pathologist and orofacial myologist, Sydney.

1.Clinical data gathered 1993-2017 – Breathing retraining programs at Breathing Training Centre, Canberra ACT.
2. Buteyko breathing techniques in asthma: a controlled trial. Bowler et al.
MJA. 1998; 169: 575–578.


Level 1:              14 Hour Workshop
$640 AUD (inc. GST)

Includes pre-recorded webinars and live, practical, interactive webinars – October 30 & 31, 2021



  • Health science qualification


Level 1: Breathing Skills in Clinical Practice (14 CPD hrs)

Introductory level of assessment and correction of dysfunctional breathing. Includes personal experience of essential breathing skills, integrating more physiologic normal and nasal breathing into physiotherapy, rehab, ADL, speech therapy, OMT, psychological therapy, counselling, hypnotherapy, pain management for restoration of 24/7 nasal breathing, relief of asthma, dyspnoea, anxiety, PTSD, chronic pain and sleep-disordered breathing.  Immediate clinical application. Course content outline below.

Pre-recorded Webinars (theory, breathing pattern assessment, starting the process) (7 hrs)

  • 10 video lessons
  • Documents, slides PDF, and other material to download.
  • Unlimited access for six months.
  • Available from August 23, 2021 – to be listened to and studied before the live webinar sessions

Live Webinar Sessions (theory, practical, interactive, applications, case discussions, Q&A)

  • Sat 30 & Sun 31, October |        9 AM-12.30 PM (AEST) Australian Eastern Standard Time (6 hrs)
  • 60-minute follow-on mentoring session – Date TBA – on a Saturday 9AM – 10.00am (1hr)


  • Health science qualification. See the “who should attend section”. If you are uncertain of your qualification suitability for this course, please give us a call on +61401 368 197.


  • Currently doing, or having done in the past, a breathing retraining program for your own health and well-being.
    Options include:

    • The BreatheAway online breathing retraining course (12 video-lessons) $149
    • The step-by-step program in either of Tess Graham’s books: Relief from Snoring and Sleep Apnoea or Relief from Anxiety and Panic. (RRP $29.95)
    • Having attended a breathing retraining program with an accredited breathing educator.

Your value, skill, and understanding of the patient’s perspective is greatly enhanced by having gone through the process yourself of assessing your breathing and improving any faulty breathing habits you may have found. It also makes more valuable, the live practical sessions of the level 1 health professional training. Just 2-3 days into awareness and adjusting of your own breathing is sufficient for remarkable insights from the Level 1 practitioner training program.


Level 1: You will learn:

  • To identify and address dysfunctional breathing habits
  • Relevant physiology of breathing
  • Mechanical, physiological, psychological, and biochemical effects of dysfunctional breathing
  • The connection between dysfunctional breathing and asthma, anxiety and sleep disorders, chronic mouth-breathing, airway, orthodontic and facial development issues, functional GI disorders and the sympathetic dominant state
  • Myths and misunderstandings about breathing
  • Techniques to reset the drive to breathe and restore regular, comfortable, nose-diaphragm breathing with good posture
  • Strategies to facilitate deep relaxation and relieve and prevent the stress response, breathlessness, panic attacks and insomnia
  • Strategies for specific conditions, personality types and scenarios you see in practice
  • How to teach clients to integrate better breathing into everyday life
  • The food-breathing connection
  • Application of more physiologically normal breathing into ADL and breath work in psychological therapy, speech pathology, hypnotherapy, OMT, cardiopulmonary rehab, hyperventilation disorders and pain management.

Register Level I, BreatheAbility Health Professional Course: $640

On registration you will be sent a Registration Form to complete. 

Register- CLICK HERE:  BreatheAway online breathing course $149


Health professionals with knowledge and skills to improve breathing, have enormous potential to help their clients achieve and maintain better physical and mental health and wellbeing. ______________________________________________________________________________

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 over 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).



Huge thanks Tess for your incredible knowledge and easy to apply process of Breathing Retraining. The L1&2 courses have proved invaluable in my practice. This work has enhanced my clients’ quality of life and my own. Anyone who works with breath and/or mental health needs this fundamental knowledge. Common client feedback is how quickly they can gain relief with something as simple as breathing. As well as how many misconceptions about breathing they were able to shed with improved results.
Tessa Gillespie – Breath-focused physiotherapist & Clinical Hypnotherapist, Qld

This workshop immediately changed my teaching of breath. I have carefully integrated what I learnt into my teaching and I have seen the benefit to clients, to be a calmer, more rhythmic breathing pattern, requiring less effort and assisting them to relax physically and mentally.  
Jakki Tobin – physiotherapist, Pilates instructor, Sydney

I am amazed by how rapidly comfortable nasal breathing can be restored in chronic mouth-breathing children in my practice through applying the simple postural and breathing adjustment techniques I learnt in this course. This transformation did not require the time and effort commitment of other approaches I had tried, nor does this approach require taping the mouth.
Robynann Williams, B.App.Sc. (Speech Pathology) speech pathologist and orofacial myologist, Syd.

After completing the training with Tess Graham in 2017, I began to observe my clients with fresh eyes. I noticed that over 80% of anxiety/trauma clients were mouth-breathers and had postures that reinforced their dysfunctional breathing. By implementing the BreatheAbility approach, I immediately observed clients experiencing and reporting easier, more stable results. This was not merely symptomatic relief but a foundation for ongoing, sustainable change for clients.
Alex Zannoni – Mental Health Social Worker/Clinical Hypnotherapist/Clinical Neuro-Psychotherapist; Director of Melbourne Trauma & Grief Services

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 among 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

I am amazed by the usefulness of 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

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


Contact us:    Email:  tess@BreatheAbility.com or      call: +61 401 368 197

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