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Breathing Essentials: How to Breathe for Life: A Definitive Guide

Breathing Essentials: How to Breathe for Life: A Definitive Guide

Breathing Essentials: How to Breathe for Life: A Definitive Guide

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Breathing Essentials: How to Breathe of Life

A Definitive Guide. Six weeks to breathing better program

This is the first course in a series of six courses on Respiration and the effects either positive or negative on the body. It will reveal to you the importance of proper breathing mechanics and function.  All information presented is based on science and research.

How do poor breathing patterns affect pain, posture, and function? How to breathe for life is the initial course in Breathing Essentials but it is also a standalone course that will provide information on poor breathing patterns and how to change them.

How should you breathe? Discussion of the basic anatomy of the rib cage, muscles of respiration is given. This topic is expanded on how we should breathe and how not to breathe. The dysfunction of the diaphragm will be explained.

Covid 19 will be discussed.  The signs and symptoms of infection as well as a description of symptoms being experienced by Covid long haulers.  Discussion of breathlessness positions and how to control breathing during this response will be taught.

Try the Nijmegen Questionnaire or the Self Evaluation Breathing Questionnaire to determine if you have symptoms related to your breathing.

Learn how to improve chest expansion.

Learn how to improve trunk rotation and decrease the rigidity of the body.

Follow a 3-6 week program on breathing exercises.

This course will give a brief discussion of the function of respiration and how it can alter your trunk stability and posture. For a full understanding, it is recommended to delve deeper into the subject with the entire Breathing Essentials Series. Further study in the Breathing Essentials Series will deal in detail with respect to anatomical details, core control, breathing pattern disorders, sleep apnea, and athletic performance.

Please note this course is designed for the general public.  If you are a healthcare practitioner, I would like to suggest the series Just Breathe 101 which is designed for medical professionals.

If you are a healthcare professional and would like to review this course to see if it's appropriate for your patients, please contact Embodia at

The instructors
Debra Dent
BPT Dip Manip PT OCS (Emeritus) FCAMPT (Retired)

Debra Dent is a Physical Therapist with over 40 years of experience specializing in manual therapy of the spine. She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba, Canada where she received her Diploma of Physiotherapy in 1977 and her Bachelors of Physical Therapy in 1979. She was certified as a Part A manual Physical Therapist from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in 1989 and received her Advanced Diploma of Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy in 1994. United States APTA Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) designation was completed in 1996 and recertified in 2006 and in 2016 she was recertified Emeritus.

Debra was a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manual Therapists (FCAMPT) from 1994 until retiring in 2019. She was an instructor for the Canadian Physiotherapy Association since 1989 to 1994. She has been a guest clinical instructor at the University of South Florida from 2003-05, teaching the Spinal Manual Therapy Program for the MscPT undergraduate program and has taught a large number of manual therapy courses in the US and Canada. She has numerous online seminars related to Differential Diagnosis, Breathing Essentials and Foundation Form Function of the core that are available for Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Chiropractors.

She owns Cross Border Seminars and presently works as a consultant and contract PT in Clearwater, Florida.

Course Material included in this course
  • The Health Details
  • Clinical Implicataions
  • Self Evaluation Questionnaires
  • Nijmegan Questionairre
  • Self Evaluation of Breathing Questionnaire
  • Our Body and Breathing
  • Understanding Your Rib Cage
  • Understanding Your Rib Cage Quiz
  • Muscles of Breathing
  • Muscles of Breathing Quiz
  • How We Should Breathe
  • How We Should Breathe Quiz
  • How Not to Breathe
  • Upper Chest Breathing Video
  • How Not to Breathe Quiz
  • Dysfunction of the Diaphragm
  • Dysfunction of the Diaphragm Quiz
  • Exercises
  • Chest Expansion Exercise with Theraband
  • Breathlessness Control
  • Lateral Trunk Rotation with Inspiration
  • Trunk Rotation from above while lying on your side.
  • Breathing into One Lung
  • Trunk Rotation In Sitting
  • Alternate Trunk Rotation in Sitting
  • Three Sniffs Exercise
  • Blowing up a Balloon
  • Breathing Practice
  • Six Weeks to Better Breathing Program
  • Six Weeks to Better Breathing Program pdf