Ruminations on respiration

Further to my ruminations about dentistry, I can report that this week I was provided with a new excuse for cancelling an appointment with me. My client left a message to say that our appointment clashed with a hospital appointment regarding her breathing.

I have to concede that breathing is probably a more important function than thinking. It is also something that we try to help our clients understand better so they can control the hyperventilation that is part of a panic attack, and we use breathing exercises – such as diaphragmatic breathing– to help clients reduce their levels of anxiety and arousal.