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  • Published: 1 March 2013
  • ISBN: 9781775533511
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 128

Breathe, Stretch & Move

Get Rid of Workplace Stress



Break the cycle of tension and exhaustion in the workplace and learn how to have greater energy through correct breathing.

Break the cycle of tension and exhaustion in the workplace and learn how to have greater energy through correct breathing.

Workers today are becoming more sedentary. We are thinking more and using our bodies less - we communicate all day with a computer screen, becoming so absorbed that our shoulders tense, our breathing changes, we hold our breath too much and, by the end of the day, we're exhausted.

Extensive research has linked dysfunctional breathing patterns to problems such as occupational overuse and RSI. The main risks are:
* asymmetry in body activity, eg use of mouse in one hand
* use of upper shoulder muscles in typing and turning at the same time
* breath holding or very shallow breathing during movements
* lack of awareness of breath holding
* lack of awareness of body bracing

The exercises in this book will help you restore energy-efficient breathing and improve your energy levels, productivity and work pace. You will learn to run on natural not nervous energy, and your thought patterns will become calm but alert. You will reduce your stress levels naturally and without drugs.

The book includes a number of crucial exercises specifically for high computer users, and more general exercises for all sedentary workers. Then there are exercises to energise you and to reduce anxiety before presentations, meetings and job interviews.

Authors Dinah Bradley and Tania Clifton-Smith — the 'queens of calm '— are world experts on breathing pattern disorders. As practising physiotherapists they have an in-depth understanding of the physiological and musculoskeletal problems caused by poor breathing.

  • Published: 1 March 2013
  • ISBN: 9781775533511
  • Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 128

About the authors

Dinah Bradley

Dinah Bradley is the author of the bestselling Hyperventilation Syndrome: Breathing Pattern Disorders and, with Tania Clifton Smith, Breathe, Stretch, and Move: How to Beat Workplace Stress and Dynamic Breathing: How To Manage Your Asthma. She also co-authoured MultidiscilpinaryApproaches to Breathing Pattern Disorders a text book for clinicians. With Tania, she co-founded Breathing Works (www.breathingworks.com), the first independent Breathing Pattern Disorders clinic in Australasia, and they have developed the internationally reconised BradCliff® Breathing method. Reviewing Dynamic Breathing in Healthy Options, the revieweridentified the authors’ ‘sound advice’ as making the book ‘a motivational gem’. A respiratory physiotherapist with over 25 years’ experience, Dinah is recognised by medical practitioners around the world as an expert on hyperventilation. There is a blog, via the website, and a BreathingWorks account on Facebook.

Tania Clifton-Smith

Tania Clifton-Smith is a New Zealand physiotherapist who has 30 years' experience in the field of breathing dysfunction, breathing pattern disorders and hyperventilation syndrome, treating thousands of individuals. She and co-founder Dinah Bradley developed the world-renowned BradCliff® Breathing method. Tania is in demand as a speaker at international conferences, now mostly on-line, due to her expertise and skills in treating Covid patients. Tania also has post-graduate diplomas in spinal manipulation, mind and body medicine, and meditation and mindfulness instruction. She is on the NZ Asthma and Allergy Educational Board and is a member of the NZ Physiotherapy Business Development Advisory Group.
In 2021 Tania became an Honorary Fellow of Physiotherapy NZ, the Oscars of physiotherapy and equivalent to a national knighthood within her profession. Tania joins an exclusive list to become one of only nine New Zealand physiotherapists ever to receive this honour.

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