As a certified Buteyko Clinic Instructor with additional education gained from many other breath work disciplines, I use my knowledge to help anyone who sees the value in working to improve their health and general performance: from Long Haul Covid sufferers, to CEOs and performance athletes, people who struggle with anxiety and panic attacks to those just wanting to feel and do better by returning to and building upon the fundamentals of good breathing practice thus improving mental and physical baseline health as well as focus, performance and endurance.
“Functional breathing is the most beneficial, yet undervalued, health activity you can do for yourself physically, mentally and emotionally.”
Are we breathing properly? A significant majority of us are not.
Today’s fast-paced, fear driven and highly reactionary living is not conducive to functional breathing and this can severely affect our health, both physically and mentally.
Anxiety, panic attacks, high stress and blood pressure levels, digestive issues including IBS or constipation, back pain and migraines are just a few of the ailments that may have been brought on and then further exacerbated by poor breathing habits.
The good news is that by returning to proper breath work foundations, it is possible to reverse these symptoms (sometimes completely) and greatly improve quality of life.
BREATHING FOR HEALTH, RELAXATION & PERFORMANCE
I run workshops for individuals and groups to help re-introduce the foundations of functional breathing.
Everyday breathing habits should be – Low, Light & Slow
Low – Through your nose into the lower part of your lungs utilising your diaphragm properly.
Light – the volume of air required for the activity you are doing and the noise you make while breathing.
Slow – your speed of respiration.
I explain the importance and science behind this style of everyday breathing and teach exercises to help the body return to this anatomically correct style of breathing that we all did naturally when we were younger.
If you are interested a breath work session for a group, please contact me to discuss your requirements.
During my recovery and fight against cancer, I had been offered wellness courses that touched upon breathing. I could not however pass on meeting Helena with her background as a Freediver, and somebody that has practised breathing methods in order to compete at the elite of Freediving. Helena suggested a few exercises and my digestion issues and general health has improved and I am so grateful for her advise and support.
Cancer Support Group – North London
“As someone who suffers with breathing difficulties, I found Helena’s talk very helpful and I am practicing her exercises and I can feel it helps every day.” Anne C.
“I feel more in charge of myself.” Jeannie
“Very useful, very calming.” Janette
“I would highly recommend a breathing class with Helena.
Helena started with an explanation of why our breathing is so important and then took us through some exercises to first assess how we currently breathe.
I discovered that one whole side was very lazy and that I tend to breathe too fast as rule and there was me thinking I knew how to breathe!
The exercises to improve have been brilliant and I loved the guided relaxation breathing to end the session…totally drifted away and found peace in a way I never experience before. This is something I will definitely do again.”
“Having a breathing workshop and taking time out just to focus on breathing itself makes me think of what great results are achievable on one’s overall health if practiced every day.
The 1-2-1 session with Helena was great and we went through each sequence together which was very useful. Her approach made me feel safe to ask any questions that came up for me whilst practicing. Helena also left me with a booklet which included all the sequences we had practiced.”
“The presentation on breathing was brilliant”
March 2018 @ The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.