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  Picture a sheet of wax paper. After you scrunch it together and pull it back, the appearance changes. In reality, it has also become slightly smaller. The same thing happens to your breathing cavity when you hold your breath or tense up, as you have done many times throughout your life. In breathing sessions, the emotions from old traumas are finally resolved which allows for greater expansion of the diaphragm. It's like stretching out the wax paper and making it like new. You will notice a significant difference after the first session.
  Exercise is good for the body. Aside from helping to tone our muscles, there is an important lymphatic function happening. The lymph system is responsible for the removal of toxins that build up in our systems. It is activated through motion. Every time you are taking a deep breath, your diaphragm is moving up and down. This motion not only helps to activate the lymph system but it also helps exercise our individual internal organs.
    Aside from the numerous physiological benefits of increased respiratory function as detailed in the following quotes, there are many psychological benefits which are crucial for timely and complete healing.  As you continue a routine practice of conscious connected breathing, deep peace and understanding will increase. There is no question that the reduction of stress and anxiety is ultimately one of the most important factors in healing.
   In the field of mental health, there are many benefits derived from conscious connected breathing. In cases of chemical, hormonal imbalances and nervous disorders, the increased oxygenation has profound healing effects.


Overcoming Disease | Heart Disease | Cancer
Detoxification | Lymphatic System | Asthma | Blood Pressure 

Overcoming Disease

"Improper breathing is a common cause of ill health."

Dr. Andrew Weil

" All chronic pain, suffering, and diseases are caused by a lack of oxygen at the cell level."                                                                                                      Dr. Arthur C. Guyton, M.D., author "The Textbook on Medical Physiology.
"Breathing is the key that unlocks the whole catalog of advanced biological function and development. Is it any wonder that it is so central to every aspect of health?  Breathing is the first place, not the last, one should look when fatigue, disease, or other evidence of disordered energy presents itself. Breathing is truly the body's most basic communication system."

Sheldon Saul Hendler, MD, PhD.



"Oxidation is the source of life. Its lack causes impaired health or disease, its cessation, death."        Dr. F.M. Eugene Blass, PH.D.: author, "Oxygen Therapy: Its Foundation Aim Results"

"Simply put, disease is due to a deficiency in the oxidization process of the body, leading to an accumulation of the toxins. These toxins would ordinarily be burned in normal metabolic functioning."                               Dr. Albert Wahl

"Oxygen plays a pivotal role in the functioning of the immune system." Dr. Parris M. Kidd, Ph.D. author, "Antioxidant Adaption"

"In all serious disease states we find a concomitant low oxygen state...Low oxygen in the body tissues is a sure indicator for disease...Hypoxia, or lack of oxygen in the tissues, is the fundamental cause for all degenerative disease. Oxygen is the source of life to all cells."                                                                                                                         Dr. Stephen Levine, Renowned Molecular Biologist and Geneticist Author, "Oxygen Deficiency: A Concomitant to All Degenerative Illness"

 "Starved of oxygen the body will become ill, and if this persists it will die, I doubt if there is an argument about that."                                                     Dr. John Muntz, Nutritional Scientist:

"Insufficient oxygen means insufficient biological energy that can result in anything from mild fatigue to life-threatening disease. The link between insufficient oxygen and disease has now been firmly established."         Dr. W. Spencer Way, from the Journal of the American Association of Physicians: 

 "Cells undergoing partial oxygen starvation send out tiny panic signals which are collectively felt in the body as a continuous vague sensation of uneasiness, dread or disaster. This low level generalized warning tends to get tuned out as mere "background noise" by the individual experiencing it. Or, it is attributed to other sources of uneasiness...." People rarely suspect that the constant vague feelings of helplessness, fatigue....uneasiness are symptoms of cellular oxygen deprivation."  From the Townsend Letter for Doctors

Dr. Lataste in 1992, conducted a study with a team of scientists on health at high altitudes. They observed people who lived at high altitudes and found that there was a much higher incidence of drowsiness, apathy, delayed reaction time, and reduced motor capacity, as compared to those who lived in lower altitudes.

Heart Disease

"Coronary heart disease is due to a lack of oxygen received by the heart."

Dr. Dean Ornish

"...healthy breathing should be the first thing taught to a heart patient. A Dutch Study conducted by a doctor named Dixhoorn, compared two groups of heart attack patients. The first group was taught simple diaphragmatic breathing, while the second group was given no training in breathing. The breathing group had no further heart attacks, while 7 of the 12 members of the second group had second heart attacks over the next 2 years."
Gay Hendricks, PhD.

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"A lack of oxygen (hypoxia) is the prime cause of 1.5 million heart attacks each year."               Dr. Richard Lippman, renowned researcher


"The first discovery was made by Nobel Prize winner Dr. Otto Warburg, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Cell Physiology in Berlin. He confirmed that the key precondition for the development of cancer is a lack of oxygen at the cellular level."
Nathaniel Altman

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"Lack of oxygen clearly plays a major role in causing cells to become cancerous."    Dr. Harry Goldblatt, Journal of Experimental Medicine

"Cancer has only one prime cause. It is the replacement of normal oxygen respiration of the body's cells by an anaerobic (ie., oxygen-deficient) cell respiration".                                                                          Dr. Otto Warburg: Two-time Nobel Laureate, Winner of the Nobel Prize for Cancer Research

 "Cancer is a condition within the body where the oxidation has become so depleted that the body cells have degenerated beyond physiological control. Similarly, the true cause of allergy is lowered the oxidation process within the body, causing  the affected individual to be sensitive to foreign substances entering the body. Only when the oxidation mechanism is restored to its original high state of efficiency can the sensitivity be eliminated."                                                                                    Dr. Wendell Hendricks, Hendricks Research Foundation


"Many healings of other physical troubles have occurred in my clients after they started to integrate breathing practices into their lives. There is a simple but encompassing reason that may explain this. The human body is designed to discharge 70% of its toxins through breathing. Only a small percentage of toxins are discharged through sweat, defecation and urination. If your breathing is not operating at peak efficiency, you are not ridding yourself of toxins properly."

Gay Hendricks, PhD

"One of the most overlooked benefits of extra oxygen in the tissues is their ability to detoxify more efficiently". 

                                                         Dr. Kurt W. Donsbach, D.C., N.D., Educator, Scientist, Author, Lecturer, Consultant; author of "Super Health". "Oxygen-Oxygen-Oxygen", and over 50 publications on the subject of heath and nutrition, Founder and Executive Director of Medicine at Hospital Santa Monica, Rosarita Beach, Baja California, the largest holistic hospital in the world; also serves as Medical Director of Institute Santa Monica, Kamien Pomorski, Poland, the sister establishment of Hospital Santa Monica: 

"Illness is the result of improper removal of toxins from the body.Oxygen is the vital factor which assists the body in removing toxins."  

                   Ed McCabe,  author, "Oxygen Therapies, A New Way of Approaching Disease" (1988). 

Lymphatic System

"Jack Shield, MD, a lymphologist from Santa Barbara, CA, conducted a study on the effects of breathing on the lymphatic system. Using cameras inside the body, he found that deep diaphragmatic breathing stimulated the cleansing of the lymph system by creating a vacuum effect which sucked the lymph through the bloodstream. This increased the rate of toxic elimination by as much as 15 times the normal pace."

J. Shields, MD
Lymph, Lymph Glands, and Homeostasis,
25 No. 4, Dec 92,Pg.147-153

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"One study on the treatment of asthma patients conducted by researchers John Goyeche, Dr. Ago, and Dr. Ikemi, suggests that any effective treatment should address suppressed emotions - such as anxiety and self-image - as well as the physical dimension. To achieve this, they encourage correction of poor posture, and helping the person relax the irrelevant respiratory muscles while restoring full diaphragmatic breathing. They also recommended finding ways for getting rid of excess mucus. The good news is that a well rounded breath practice will do all these things"

Donna Farhi

Blood Pressure

"The relationship between breathing and blood pressure has been known and understood for a long time. It boils down to this: Elevated blood pressure accompanies those bodily states where rapid shallow breathing prevails. By altering breathing to a slow diaphragmatic mode, blood pressure decreases."

Robert Fried, PhD

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The Mechanics of Breathing

This explanation of the physiology of breathing shows how we get healthier through the conscious connected breathing that we do in Transformation Breathwork.


Breathing consists of two phases,  inspiration and expiration.  During inspiration,  the diaphragm and the intercostal muscles contract.   The diaphragm moves downwards increasing the volume of the thoracic (chest) cavity, and the intercostal muscles pull the ribs up expanding the rib cage and further increasing this volume.  This increase of volume lowers the air pressure in the alveoli to below atmospheric pressure.  Because air always flows from a region of high pressure to a region of lower pressure, it rushes in through the respiratory tract and into the alveoli.  This is called negative pressure breathing,  changing the pressure inside the lungs relative to the pressure of the outside atmosphere.  In contrast to inspiration, during expiration the diaphragm and intercostal muscles relax.  This returns the thoracic cavity to it's original volume, increasing the air pressure in the lungs, and forcing the air out.

External Respiration

When a breath is taken, air passes in through the nostrils, through the nasal passages, into the pharynx, through the larynx, down the trachea, into one of the main bronchi, then into smaller bronchial tubules, through even smaller bronchioles, and into a microscopic air sac called an alveolus.  It is here that external respiration occurs.  Simply put, it is the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide between the air and the blood in the lungs.   Blood enters the lungs via the pulmonary arteries.  It then proceeds through arterioles and into the alveolar capillaries.  Oxygen and carbon dioxide are exchanged between blood and the air.  This blood then flows out of the alveolar capillaries, through venuoles, and back to the heart via the pulmonary veins.  For an explanation as to why gasses are exchanged here, see partial pressure.


Gas Transport

If 100mL of plasma is exposed to an atmosphere with a pO2 of 100mm Hg, only 0.3mL of oxygen would be absorbed.  However,  if 100mL of blood is exposed to the same atmosphere, about 19mL of oxygen would be absorbed.  This is due to the presence of haemoglobin, the main means of oxygen transport in the body. The respiratory pigment haemoglobin is made up of an iron-containing porphyron, haem, combined with the protein globin.  Each iron atom in haem is attached to four pyrole groups by covalent bonds.  A fifth covalent bond of the iron is attached to the globin part of the molecule and the sixth covalent bond is available for combination with oxygen.  There are four iron atoms in each hemoglobin molecule and therefore four heam groups.

Oxygen Transport

In the loading and unloading of oxygen, there is a cooperation between these four haem groups.  When oxygen binds to one of the groups, the others change shape slightly and their attraction to oxygen increases.  The loading of the first oxygen, results in the rapid loading of the next three (forming oxyhemoglobin).  At the other end, when one group unloads it's oxygen, the other three rapidly unload as their groups change shape again having less attraction for oxygen.  This method of cooperative binding and release can be seen in the dissociation curve for hemoglobin.  Over the range of oxygen concentrations where the curve has a steep slope, the slightest change in concentration will cause hemoglobin to load or unload a substantial amount of oxygen.   Notice that the steep part of the curve corresponds to the range of  oxygen concentrations found in the tissues. When the cells in a particular location begin to work harder, e.g. during exercise, oxygen concentration dips in that location, as the oxygen is used in cellular respiration.  Because of the cooperation between the haem groups, this slight change in concentration is enough to cause a large increase in the amount of oxygen unloaded.

As with all proteins, hemoglobin's shape shift is sensitive to a variety of  environmental conditions.  A drop in pH lowers the attraction of hemoglobin to oxygen,  an effect known as the Bohr shift.  Because carbon dioxide reacts with water to produce carbonic acid, an active tissue will lower the pH of it's surroundings and encourage hemoglobin to give up extra oxygen, to be used in cellular respiration.  Hemoglobin is a notable molecule for it's ability to transport oxygen from regions of supply to regions of demand.

Carbon Dioxide Transport - Out of the carbon dioxide released from respiring cells, 7% dissolves into the plasma, 23% binds to the multiple amino groups of hemoglobin (Caroxyhemoglobin), and 70% is carried as bicarbonate ions.  Carbon dioxide created by respiring cells diffuses into the blood plasma and then into the red blood cells, where most of it is converted to bicarbonate ions.  It first reacts with water forming carbonic acid, which then breaks down into H+ and CO3-.  Most of the hydrogen ions that are produced attach to hemoglobin or other proteins. 



Internal Respiration

The  body tissues need the oxygen and have to get rid of the carbon dioxide, so the blood carried throughout the body exchanges oxygen and carbon dioxide with the body's tissues.  Internal respiration is basically the exchange of gasses between the blood in the capillaries and the body's cells.

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