image001BradCliff Breathing Method


Many bodily functions are essential to survival, but breathing is our lifeline, linking us to the world from birth to death.  Precise regulation of respiration is crucial to health, but many things can go wrong.  Breathing is subject to major disruption or interference from thinking, feeling and experience, and as a result of biomechanical and biochemical factors.

The BradCliff breathing programme concentrates on problems in the breathing process as seen and treated by physiotherapists. The principals involved cut across mind - body borders. Rigidity of the muscles of the thorax might also include rigidity as expressed in fearful attitudes.  Flexibility is as important for muscles as it is for social behavior; and both affect breathing.  Nowhere in the body is the axiom of structure governing function more apparent than in its relation to breathing.  Structural maladaptation’s can prevent normal breathing function just as abnormal breathing patterns can result in structural dysfunction and musculoskeletal problems. Cascade Symptoms

Observation of the breathing process should be the starting point of every health professional’s intervention. If dysfunction is found, the ideal is to treat and correct breathing pattern disorders before progressing further.

Who benefits from the BradCliff Method®?

Those who benefit are anyone who, for whatever reason, has a problem with their breathing pattern and who may experience unpleasant or scary symptoms.  It may be as a result of prolonged stress, injury, anaemia, asthma or chronic nasal problems (the latter is the biggest chronic ill health group in the USA.) Athletes and gym junkies are a growing clientele.

BradCliff CourseWhere to from here?

The practitioner who recognises dysfunctional breathing and understands its causes and contributing factors gains important skills which can be used to effectively treat the many patients whose recurring or persistent problems are aggravated by breathing dysfunction. Diagnosis and recognition of Breathing Pattern Disorders has entered the diagnostic repertoires of clinicians in all areas of health care. Physiotherapy has a strong professional footprint in mainstream health care and is the ideal profession to take this vital part of health care to the greater community.  People are hungry for drug-free options to help them live well in today’s stress-laden fast-paced existence.  This includes people who have existing health problems

What is the value for health professionals?

  1. A fresh perspective – competitive advantage
  2. Intrinsic knowledge
  3. Being in touch with patients
  4. Being part of a community - shared insight
  5. Proven by research, backed up by science = successful results

What is the value we add for patients?

  1. A drug free method
  2. Proof and science
  3. Efficiency, performance
  4. Unlocked potential
  5. Calm, control and awareness
  6. A foundation of health
  7. A better state of being

Since attending the first two BradCliff courses I have had some incredibly rewarding experiences with patients. Breathing dysfunction is an extremely fascinating area of Physiotherapy and one in which the more you learn, the more interesting it becomes. I thoroughly enjoyed both courses, the BradCliff team are very knowledgeable and their various passions within their chosen field complemented each other really well for a very well rounded course. One of the great aspects of becoming a BradCliff Practitioner is the ongoing support and discussions. I would highly recommend this course to any Physiotherapist.

Anna Rankin, Physiotherapist based in Invercargill, New Zealand

The BradCliff Breathing Level 1 course had a high standard in relation to the subject Dysfunctional Breathing/Breathing Pattern Disorders and Breathing Retraining. It was a great combination of theory and practice. I enjoyed the many “hands-on” sessions and the small group discussions on the subject. The BradCliff team were experienced, had know-how and specialist knowledge on DB/BPD and Breathing Retraining and they complimented each other in a natural and positive way. This course gave me further and more detailed knowledge and the confidence to upgrade the Breathing Retraining Program at our clinic in Copenhagen. I’m looking forward to come back in August and join the BradCliff level 2 course!

Lone Schaadt, Physiotherapist at Bispebjerg og Frederiksberg Hospital based in Copenhagen Denmark

Thank you, very enjoyable and well organised course in a friendly, welcoming environment. Pippa was really practical and delivered a great overview. Well worth the trip from Bunbury. Interesting how breathing affects so many conditions!

Therese Reeves, Physiotherapist Bunbury, Australia


Bradcliff Breathing Method Level 1BradCliff Course

Observation of the breathing process should be the starting point of every health professional’s intervention. If dysfunction is found, the ideal is to treat and correct breathing pattern disorders before progressing further.

The BradCliff Breathing Method derives its message from the little examined role breathing plays in current psychological and physical healthcare, as an indicator of physiological balance and homeostasis in the human body. The courses cover the fundamental’s through to complex assessments and treatments of these dysfunctions. The content is accumulation of over 30 years and 30,000 clients who have been seen at the Breathing Works clinics. From the child with asthma through to the elite athlete.

Faulty breathing patterns can be caused by a variety of reasons, from bereavement to tight clothes, from a history of abuse to chronic sinusitis to sitting poorly.  Whether the cause is trivial or profound, the first step is to restore normal breathing function.  If patients understand what is producing their sometimes frightening, often annoying symptoms and that they simultaneously experience a range of symptoms (not just the one that worries them most), commitment to change is more likely. 

Level 1 Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge of the basic theoretical and practical applications of key physiotherapy skills to understand the nature of chronic breathing pattern disorders/dysfunctions and their often unobserved presence across all areas of clinical practice.

This includes:

  1. A review of the respiratory/psycho/physiological alterations in the acute and chronic over-breather and the biomechanical / anatomical changes that sustain these poorly diagnosed disorders
  2. Assessment and treatment guidelines, questionnaires, and goal setting
  3. Identification of triggers/stressors at all ages and stages
  4. Awareness of organic red flags and when to refer back or onto the appropriate health care professionals
  5. Nasal health
  6. Body mechanics and breathing dysfunction
  7. Physical coping skills for stress fatigue, anxiety and pain management
  8. Introduction to Asthma, COPD, breathless patient breathing retraining guidelines
  9. Introduction to dynamic breathing disorders and applications in sport and the musculoskeletal client
  10. Introduction to the use of ultrasound and K5 inspiratory muscle assessment as an accessory to diagnosis
  11. Introduction to the use of inspiratory muscle training

BradCliff Breathing Method Level 2