Breathe Well, Be Well

A recording of the webinar featuring
guest speaker Jessica DeMars, PT

Breathing is the Foundation of Health. 
Learn relaxed effortless breathing to optimize your health.

This event took place on Saturday January 30th, 2021

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Many people with ME/CFS and FM complain of air hunger - the feeling of not getting enough air into the lungs. Others notice shallow breathing or even report they sometimes "forget to breathe". Until I met Jessica DeMars I didn't know what to advise for these problems. Jessica is a respiratory physiotherapist working with COVID long haulers. She contacted me to discuss some of the commonalities she was seeing among patients with ME/CFS and COVID long haul. She has a unique skill set and approach to breathing that may be helpful to many of you. I look forward to learning from her about how to use breathing as a self-management tool.

In this 60-minute presentation we covered the basics of breathing to help you understand how breathing works and how to use breath for optimal health. You will learn what “normal” breathing is and how important it is to match breathing effort to status: breathe too much and you will feel short of breath, anxious and fatigued; breathe too little and you might feel the same way!

What you will learn:
- Tips to help establish relaxed effortless breathing
- How to use breath to normalize your heart rate
- How incorrect breathing can contribute to physical symptoms and perpetuate anxiety and how to overcome this problem with proper breathing

The recording also includes the Q&A session at the end of the presentation.

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About the presenter - Jessica DeMars, PT

Jessica DeMars is a Respiratory Physiotherapist and the owner of Breathe Well Physio, a physiotherapy clinic in Calgary, Alberta that focuses on addressing any and all things related to breathing. 

With over 22 years of experience, she has spent the last 15 years implementing evidence-based breathing retraining techniques for a wide variety of individuals with breathing related concerns, lung disease, and those recovering from Covid-19 infection.  She is the Canadian instructor for the BradCliff Method and has engaged in research related to breathing.

Jessica graduated from the University of Alberta in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy (with distinction).  She continued her education with numerous post-graduate courses in manual therapy, myofascial release, and acupuncture.

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