Since I attended the breathing course in June, I have become extremely conscious of how I breathe in the different situations I come across on a daily basis, such as sleeping, driving, working, during physical activities, etc. I have had asthma since I was a child, and it has been a really long time since I have felt this good. I think I’ve only had to take medicine once since I met you, and I have played football, worked hard, gone moose hunting, etc. and really been in situations where, just one year ago, I would have definitely needed medicine. Nowdays, I barely remember to take it with me when I’m going out.
In the beginning, I practiced the Conscious Breathing Retraining Program regularly with the Relaxator Breathing Retrainer when driving to and from work. That routine broke up for several reasons, but awareness of my breathing is always there, somewhere in the back of my mind, when I’m in the car. Normally, I breathe about four or five harmonious breaths per minute. My allergy to fur has gotten a lot better. I haven’t had to use eye drops, nor have I had a sneezing fit or itchy eyes because of my allergy to fur once since I attended the Conscious Breathing course. I have noticed a clear increase in energy, which is also due to my sleeping better. Now I only snore when things are too stressful and I can’t unwind. What is also interesting is that my halitosis (bad breath) has decreased.
I can now breathe through my nose
during physical activity
One of my nostrils was pretty much constantly blocked for years and years. After nasal endoscopy, my doctor diagnosed me with a deviated septum, and suggested I have an operation. However, I chose to hold off for a while. Since becoming more conscious of my breathing my nose has slowly but surely started to feel a little less stuffed. I have now reached the point where I can breathe almost exclusively through my nose, even when doing physical activities. When I was out skeet shooting clay pigeons recently, I thought about my breathing and breathed through my nose. It went really well, better than usual, and I felt like I had found an extra edge thanks to the Conscious Breathing Method.
My massage clients
When I focus on my breathing when giving massages, I find it easier to calm down, which automatically makes it easier for my clients to calm down during treatment, too. I massage a lot of professional athletes in Sweden’s cross country and biathlon national teams, and it’s not uncommon for them to have a tense relationship with their breathing habits. When I treat them and get them to relax their breathing patterns improve. I have also noticed that when I am able to get their core muscles to relax, it’s easier for them to breathe more effectively. Instead of them breathing shallow, up in the chest, they breathe down to the stomach, which is more effective.
Fredrik Rehnsbo, 35, Östersund, Sweden, Curelia Hälsogruppen, massage therapist Swedish National Biathlon Team