Ms. Tania Clifton-Smith

taniaTania is a physiotherapist with 30 year’s experience in the field of breathing dysfunction, breathing pattern disorders, hyperventilation syndrome and physiotherapy.

She co-foundered Breathing Works clinics 1998 and the clinics have since treated over 30,000 individuals with breathing dysfunction.

Tania established the BradCliff Breathing Method in 2008 as a physiotherapy treatment programme for breathing dysfunction and has presented to both medical and non-medical audiences since 1991. Tania teachs the BradCliff Breathing Method courses.

Tania's published works on breathing dysfunction include:


Clifton-Smith T, Rowley, J. (2011). “Breathing pattern disorders and physiotherapy: inspiration for our profession”, Physical Therapy Reviews, 16 (1) p75-86


  1. Breathe to Succeed (Penguin NZ 1999)
  2. Dynamic Breathing – managing your asthma. (Random NZ 2008)
  3. Breathe Stretch & Move. (Random NZ 2002)
  4. Breathing Matters (Random NZ 2006)

Book Chapters

  1. Recognizing and Treating Breathing Disorders A Multidisciplinary Approach by Leon Chaitow, Christopher Gilbert, Dinah Morrison United Kingdom, 2013 Chapter 7.6 Breathing Pattern Disorders and the Athlete   
  2. Guidelines :Severe Asthma Toolkit Australia
  3. Co-authored the Dysfunctional Breathing section

Current Positions

  1. NZ Asthma and Allergy educational board
  2. NZ physiotherapy business development advisory group