The Science behind Breathwork is in its infancy; opportunities in hard science are limited but growing.
As some research is done with yogic breathing and alternative modalities such as meditation, or employing various
forms of oxygen, we've seen increased interest in our work; Breathwork is inching onto the radar of modern medicine.
We have had medical doctors, Ph.Ds, and others with advanced degrees get trained and certified by us.
Through science, the Transformational Breath Foundation aims to be a leader in reshaping the field of Healing.
Transformational Breath® significantly improves oxygen capacity in respiratory patients.
Research conducted in a Reggio Emilia, Italy hospital found that twelve respiratory patients (COPD) were given
a series of ten Transformational Breath® sessions. The oxygen capacity was increased on average from 65 to 85%.
Physical, mental and emotional symptoms decreased dramatically as well. (Tamborelli, Bergamini, Giammarchi, Ruffoni).
Full study, in Italian, is
Transformational Breath® brings a Significant Increase in Well-being.
Facilitator Helmut Pfeil of Austria conducted a study that found 57% of subjects reporting a "significant increase
in well-being after a 6-session protocol". The research used a series of standard health questionnaires (SF-36 and FEW-16) to assess feelings at baseline,
after 3rd session, and after the full 6 sessions.
You can read the full German text
Transformational Breath® and Performance Anxiety.
Dr. Pippa Wheble (Certified Transformational Breath Trainer) led a study that provides evidence that
Transformational Breath helps improve generalized anxiety, social anxiety, music performance anxiety,
depression, and well-being and reduce physiological measures of anxiety in professional voice users.
Read the abstract of the study (page 150):
Cognitive Research & Transformational Breath®.
Ayca Ozturk Szapora of the Netherlands completed peer-reviewed
research on congnition, relating to types of meditation. It involved Transformational Breath and
found that even a half hour session enhanced "divergent thinking"; this is associated with creativity,
finding alternative solutions to a problem, original thinking, and generating new ideas.
You can read the abstract of the study:
Oxygen Benefit on Cancer Prevention.
Hypoxia (low oxygen) directly inhibits tumor-suppressor gene activity. The authors state that oxygen is an important co-factor in
preventing hypermethylation of "TET enzymes" thus
by reversing such gene expression.
Breath Training and Panic Disorder.
Diaphragmatic breath training is shown to benefit
and to resstore vital capacity.
GERD and Abdominal Breathing.
Actively training the diaphragm through abdominal breathing can help