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Breathe Heartfully
John Kelly and Bob Whitehouse
Invite You to BreatheHeartfully!

We are inviting you to Breathe Heartfully and to bring forth learnings from the demands and/or needs of your heart. Our role is to create together methods to implement and evaluate those needs based on scientifically based research in the areas of carbon dioxide and Heart Rate Variability. To effectively optimize the delivery of oxygen to one’s cells, we can learn how to coordinate and harmonize these activities with the heart. This can enable us to sense, feel, think and perform better in our activities of daily living and to socialize more effectively. Whenever resting or exercising it can help us to detect and to learn to unlearn unnecessary and undetected stressors and unconsciously learned habits, as well as unexplained symptoms that are affecting our mental, emotional and physical wellbeing.   more info...

In order to dispel inappropriate myths surrounding oxygen and carbon dioxide in respiration (i.e. that most people don’t have enough oxygen); we use a CapnoTrainer(tm) a device that helps measure the carbon dioxide levels at the end of the breath for home or office learning. It seems to be the most objective way to know if you are breathing well and conserving the right amount carbon dioxide under various situations. Breathing well means balancing the chemistry of the in-breath with the out-breath both in terms of rate and depth and thereby avoiding overbreathing. Overbreathing is a condition of blowing off too much carbon dioxide.

In a restful state a person should be able to conserve about 85 percent of the carbon dioxide. It is important to have the right amount of carbon dioxide to maintain optimal blood pH so that oxygen can be effectively delivered by the red blood cells to the various trillions of cells in your body. Overbreathing may feel just like underbreathing. In both cases oxygen deficit is the result. In both cases you may feel breathless, but in the first case, in overbreathing, conserving carbon dioxide is the solution, whereas in the second case, in underbreathing it is the part of problem.

Unfortunately, the solution to overbreathing is not only counterintuitive but is contrary to cultural myth that speaks to “taking a deep breath” for feeling better. Deep breathing is not a solution to stress or anxiety if it drops your carbon dioxide levels, and for some it may instead trigger anxiety and other emotions. Quiet, diaphragmatic breathing is the key. Overbreathing is not always to be prevented, however, like in certain conditions or illness like diabetes where one would need to consult her or his physician. In optimal performance, like running a marathon, it is important to know when and how to recover from overbreathing and this may require some training.

Breathing is a behavior subject to principles of learning like any other behavior such as: attending, perceiving, emoting, deciding, memorizing and being motivated. As you may already know your diaphragm (the muscle responsible for breathing to occur) is triggered to move by the amount of carbon dioxide levels in the brain, which allows for the exchanges of gases to occur in the lungs. It is estimated that 1/4 of the American population overbreathes chronically This breathing behavior may account for signs and symptoms and deficits not always understood or falsely associated to other causes. Surveys suggest that as much as 60 percent of all ambulance calls in major US cities may have been a direct result from overbreathing. Sometimes when this is the case a paper bag is used to breathe into to restore carbon dioxide levels and therefore a sense of well-being.   more info...

Learning to breathe well also requires breathing with "Heart". The symphony of adaptability requires varied rhythms of breathing and the heart. So when you breathe in, your heart rate should go up and when you breathe out, it should go down,when you are in a restful state. The lack of variability and flexibilty in heart rate is the single best indicator of health risks and when chronic, is the best predictor of mortality. Learn to create adaptive resiliency skills to various living situations, find out what experts and research have to say, and/ or experience it for yourself.

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