AAPB 2019 Webinar 2: Breathing is More than HRV: Training to the Rescue to Reduce Pain, IBS, Acid Reflux, Anxiety, and Dysmenorrhea, Epilepsy

Breathing is More than HRV: Training to the Rescue to Reduce Pain, IBS, Acid Reflux, Anxiety and Dysmenorrhea, Epilepsy

Presented by
Erik Peper, PhD
Thursday, June 20 - 12:00PM - 1:30PM ET

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Member Price: $50
Non-member Price: $99

Cancellations received in writing prior to a week before the webinar will be issued a refund less a $30 processing fee. No refunds for cancellations within the week of the webinar.

Course Description:

Breathing and posture impact health, illness and communicates to others about ourselves. Breathing is a whole body process and is more than heart rate variability training. It also is a hydraulic pump to circulate lymph and venous blood in the abdomen, an activator of spinal movement, and affects the acid-base balance of the blood through hyper and hypo-ventilation. Through the use of case examples and experiential practices embedded within a holistic stress management matrix, participants will learn to recognize and experience subtle dysfunctional breathing patterns such as those triggered by the startle response, pain and defense reaction which include breath holding, gasping, absence of pelvic floor movement, shallow rapid chest breathing, and hyperventilation. The workshop describes the hydraulic process of breathing, the role of abdominal movement and the psychophysiology of hyperventilation.The workshop focuses on recognizing dysfunctional breathing and teaching functional healthy breathing patterns to support health and healing. This integrated approach which includes passive attention has been applied to facilitate the reduction of symptoms with test anxiety, panic attacks, chronic pain, vulvodynia, psychogenic epilepsy, POTs, dysmenorrhea, acid reflux and irritable bowel. The workshop will demonstrate biofeedback, touch and imagery strategies (e.g., abdominal and thoracic EMG for teaching diaphragmatic breathing; volumetric, posture and oxygen saturation feedback; guided touch for evoking passive attention and guided visualization strategies) to identify dysfunctional breathing that may contribute or maintain illness and teach strategies to reverse dysfunctional breathing and thereby promote health and healing.

Learning Objectives:
Professionals who complete this webinar will be able to:

  • Summarize the hydraulic and biomechanical functions of breathing.
  • Recognize dysfunctional and functional breathing patterns.
  • Learn how to monitor breathing with respiration sensors and abdominal /thoracic EMG recording.
  • Practice experiential breathing patterns to increase and decrease discomfort.

Level: Intermediate

Who Should Attend: Biofeedback practitioners, clinicians, educators

CE Credits: 1.5 credits

Psychologists: The Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. AAPB maintains responsibility for the program and its content. This webinar offers a MAXIMUM of 1.5 hours.

BCIA Recertification: Hour-for-hour attendance in breakout sessions/workshops may be used to fulfill the continuing education requirements for recertification with certificate of attendance.


Presenter Bio:
Erik Peper, PhD, BCB is an international authority on biofeedback and Professor of Holistic Health Studies / Department of Health Education at San Francisco State University. He is President of the Biofeedback Federation of Europe and past President of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB). He has received numerous awards such as 2013 Biofeedback Distinguished Scientist Award in recognition of outstanding career & scientific contributions from the Association for Applied Psychophysiology. He has a biofeedback practice in Berkeley, CA at BiofeedbackHealth (www.biofeedbackhealth.org). He is an author of numerous scientific articles and books such as Make Health Happen, Fighting Cancer-A Nontoxic Approach to Treatment, and Biofeedback Mastery. He publishes the blog, the peper perspective-ideas on illness, health and well-being (www.peperperspective.com). He is a recognized expert on holistic health, stress management and workplace health. His research interests focus on self-healing strategies to optimize health, illness prevention, the effects of respiration and posture, and self-mastery with biofeedback

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