"Breathe through your mouth as often as you eat through your nose says Jelen, just to reinforce the importance of nose breathing for good health."
“We all need to breathe less” says founder of wellbeing consultancy Reset...
Wellbeing in the Workplace specialists Reset are helping businesses and organisations across the North West with a unique stress management tool.
“I’ve been educating teams in companies and organisations on how to breathe better to improve their work and life performance” says Joel Jelen, founder of Reset who hosts Buteyko (boo-tay-ko) breathing education workshops for employers on how to control and reduce the current cascading levels of stress in the UK workplace.
Jelen, a Fellow of the Buteyko Professional International institute, a global members network of ‘breathing education’ experts said:
“We’re seeing more and more household names like Oprah Winfrey adopting similar techniques as part of e.g. mindfulness programmes that are helping sleepless professionals facing burnout. And we're helping the general public to embrace these breathing techniques against stress too by explaining how if you like, breathing is the join between yoga and meditation—yoga strengthens our body and meditation strengthens our mental state.”
The Buteyko method as founded by Professor Buteyko in the 1950s (who cured his very high blood pressure by adopting reduced breathing techniques) insists that both inhalation and exhalation of the breath is only through the nose, as practised by ancient yogis.
“Breathe through your mouth as often as you eat through your nose” says Jelen, just to reinforce the importance of nose breathing for good health.
Jelen has slowly seen attitudes change since marketing the concept of breathing techniques to employers.
“My professional background is the very fast-paced world of PR & marketing and having an antidote to help switch off has been fundamental to my own wellbeing.
Jelen admits to have been given some quizzical looks when first mentioning in his networking circles that Reset helps people in effect to retrain their breathing.
“It’s almost an alien concept for a few reasons,” says Jelen.
“We take it for granted that we are breathing correctly until we become e.g. stressed and notice our breathing changes. Influenza, sleep apneoa and asthma sufferers always think about their breathing. But your average person in the street going about their business doesn’t think for a minute how they breathe, when they work, eat, relax, exercise…there’s actually a silent epidemic out there of hyperventilation, i.e. people over breathing.
“The general public are over breathing on a mass scale and i set up Reset to help raise awareness of this. The more people become aware of how they breathe on a daily basis, the more they will be likely to want to change their breathing and their behaviour.”
Jelen explains: “Reducing your breathing changes the gases in the brain. When you slow your breath and lower your breathing volume, you tend to lower your heart rate and your blood pressure and turn on your parasympathetic nervous system…in other words…you stop feeling on a heightened sense of anticipation.
“And that’s a feeling many people I get enquiries from would love to conjure in their mind and adopt as part of a different, better quality way of working and living.”