Business focuses on right breathing
‘‘It's about teaching your body how to relax. We are so 'go, go go' that it's important to get the breathing right.’’
Half of the world is breathing incorrectly and Glenorchy physiotherapist and pilates trainer wants to change that.
Mother of two Emma Ferris, 34, says breathing techniques are responsible for helping her get rid of a stutter, deal with cancer in the family and a divorce.
Now she is sharing her breathing tips world-wide with her Big Exhale programme.
‘‘A lot of it was the consequences of being stressed,’’ she said.
She found that suitable breathing techniques changed her physio clients’ wellbeing and is now taking that further.
‘‘Heaps of signs were saying ‘go and do something on a big level’,’’ she said.
Ferris launched an online breathing course a month ago and now has clients in Germany, America, England, Australia and Southland.
‘‘Going global from down under in the South.’’
Medical research showed half of all people had a form of breathing dysfunction and about ten percent of the population suffered from a hyperventilation syndrome.
The syndrome caused fatigue, tingling in fingers and hands and muscle ache, Ferris said.
‘‘It’s about teaching your body how to relax. We are so ‘go, go go’ that it’s important to get the breathing right.’’
Those who breathe incorrectly all have different breathing patterns.
Ferris calls them Inflated Ivy, Tense Tom, Chaotic Charlotte and Low Laura, and the treatment depends on the type of breather.
‘‘Sorry to all Charlottes out there,’’ she laughed.
Correct breathing helps in dealing with body ache, anxiety, depression and stress.
‘‘The trouble is we don’t know these harmful habits creep into our lives. It happens gradually but these changes can affect virtually every aspect of our health, in ways that are both surprising and serious,’’ Ferris said.
Every two hours a person should have a calm break, however the majority replaces a calm minute of breathing with a cup of coffee or a cigarette.
‘‘Take a cigarette away and you will exhale and have calm breathing.’’
Ferris launched her online course, The Big Exhale, with 31 videos, which she has worked on for two years.