The Science of Breath for Nurses
A guide to the relationship between breath and the autonomic nervous system.
In this 3 day workshop we’ll explore the relationship between breath and the autonomic nervous system (ANS.) We’ll apply the nursing process to our own breath by assessing and diagnosing our respiratory pattern, planning the best breath techniques to strengthen our parasympathetic response and implement these techniques while evaluating their effectiveness.
As a BONUS, 1-month free access to the Breath Guidance Virtual Membership is included to support continued breath awareness and will be available upon completion of the course.
Nursing comes with its own unique challenges and it’s often difficult for nurses to find time to care for themselves at work. Oftentimes, finding moments to tend to basic human needs feels impossible during a busy shift. Nurses hold their bladders, ignore their grumbling stomachs and do their best to get it all done. They put their patients needs before their own and most of them wouldn’t have it any other way.
But it’s stressful. And the stress response comes from the Autonomic Nervous System. Breath is the one thing we all carry with us during each moment of the shift, yet so few realize the power it has to help our body and mind cope with the demands of our career. This workshop is designed for nurses to uncover their own breathing patterns and learn ways to help regulate their nervous systems during stressful situations. We’ll discuss the anatomy and physiology of breathing, nasal breathing vs mouth breathing, benefits of C02, the vagus nerve and more!
Finding time to take classes can be difficult. That’s why this workshop is designed to be accessible for every nurse interested in learning more about how their breath can decrease chronic stress in their body. Sessions are hosted via zoom, allowing attendance from the comfort of your own home. Also each class will be recorded and available for viewing up to 2 days after the class in case you miss one.
The workshop is designed and hosted by Amy Matson to give back to her fellow nurses. Amy has been a registered nurse for 12 years; the majority of her career was spent in ICU. In 2017, Amy began studying under Dani Mae, founder of Breath Guidance, and discovered how unhealthy her own breathing patterns were. Despite feeling calm and competed at work, she spent the majority of her shift in a sympathetic breathing response and the effects of this chronic stressed state were taking a toll on her. Learning to incorporate intentional breathing patters at work resolved her neck pain and abdominal pain and lowered her resting heart rate. She truly believes all nurses should understand how to use breath to strengthen the parasympathetic response. We may not find time to relieve our bladders but we can certainly find time to breathe with intention.
Recommended Reading: Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor
You have 3 different workshop offerings to choose from:
Fridays @ 5:30-7:30pm: September 4, 11, 18
Saturdays @ 9-11am: November 7, 14, 21
Sundays @ 2-4pm: January 17, 24, 31
Cost of this 3-day workshop is only $99.