1. What is your impression of the instructor
and how she or he runs the class?
My impression of the instructor is that of a person who spent the last
thirty years dissecting the breath and figured out a way to integrate its
separate parts. It was a pleasure working with Mr. White because of his
tremendous insight on the topic. Mr. White ran the class quite
efficiently in stepwise organization with advanced topics building upon
previously learned fundamentals: the way a subject should be taught.
Although I have not done the advanced course, I could only imagine how
effective the techniques are considering how safe and powerful the
fundamental techniques are. The class was run well and with a high degree
of enthusiasm. Mr. White's passion for teaching is evident once you step
into his office and he truly enjoys what he does. It was a pleasure
learning from him.
2. What are some of the major benefits you received as a result of the
The major benefits received were:
- greater insight into how a breathe should feel and be, and how to go
about training to attain permanency of proper breathing.
- powerful tools for opening one's breath and how one would go about
teaching themselves and maintaining healthy, natural, relaxed, deep,
smooth, and unrestrained breathing.
- mastery of my ability to relax and remove muscular tension that was
restricting my breath, movement, and believe it or not, my strength. I
actually gained strength on the three main powerlifts as a result of
Optimal Breathing Techniques.
- learning objective and immediately quantifiable parameters of
breathing. The fact that one could not only subjectively feel their
breathing improve but also measure some quantity of change makes this
method of teaching the breath the most effective one. There is absolutely
no guess work involved and one could immediately learn which aspects of
their breathing need improvement and the manner in which to go about their
3. How could the instructor have improved the service to you?
I cannot comment on this because all of my expectations were either met or
exceeded. If anything, a beneficial improvement to the training course
would entail the inclusion of a table of contents in the manual for easier
navigation. However, my expectations were fully met. I cannot wait to
return to class for the advanced course.
4. How would you describe Optimal Breathing(R) to someone who might need
or want this service?
Optimal Breathing is a way to detect and become aware of previously
unapparent breathing blocks and is a method of removing those blocks. It
is common for one to laugh off the idea that their breathing is
dysfunctional; however, this method of teaching the breath will
immediately change the minds of those who believe they "breathe just
fine". Optimal Breathing is not a series of breathing exercise but it is a
system that teaches one what a proper breathe should feel like and which
qualities are to be improved upon. To date, I have not had a dissatisfied
client and whoever I've worked on reports leaving a session feeling like
they've had a body transplant. The effects are that profound and must be
experienced to really appreciate their significance.
If you are a person who:
- subjectively feels there is something not quite right with your
breathing but wishes for objective measurements and evaluations that you
could not receive from medical doctor or respiratory specialist because of
factors that are overlooked or not taken into consideration, Optimal
Breathing is for you.
- has chronic tension and pain, Optimal Breathing is a system that
teaches you to release those tensions with improved breathing function and
diminish pain because of increased the parasympathetic tone. One must
realize that knots, trigger points, and other types of muscular tension
are brought about as a result of decreased circulation, thereby decreased
oxygen concentrations, in the afflicted areas. The better you breathe,
the less tension and pain you will carry.
- deals with or has dealt with anxiety or phobias, then Optimal Breathing
is definitely for you. The system allows one to feel empowered rather
than fearful and is an excellent complement to psychotherapy and may
altogether eliminate the need for anti-anxiety medication.
- has a diagnosed pulmonary or cardiovascular or related disease, then
Optimal Breathing will absolutely improve the quality of your life and
will complement treatments provided by your health professional. The
techniques are safe and do not interfere with medical treatments.
5. How would you go about integrating Optimal Breathing into your daily
Practice reflex triggering upon rising and throughout the day. In my
case, the pelvic tilt reflex trigger is the most practical one to use upon
Incorporate key breath expansion exercises into my daily fitness,
exercise, and health regime.
Focus on relieving/releasing muscular tensions that may cause breathing
blocks or hinder my athletic performance that may arise as a result of
Practice until Optimal Breathing becomes second nature. Practice makes
permanent. Perfect practice makes perfect breathing.
Tarik holds a bachelor's degree in Pharmacology & Toxicology from the
University of Western Ontario and currently studies Psychology and
Linguistics at the University of Toronto. Tarik has athletic backgrounds
in rugby, Olympic style weightlifting, powerlifting, and grappling sports
such as wrestling and no gi submission wrestling.
An MD recommends Optimal Breathing®
6. Smoke or Smoking Recovery
7. Shortness of breath including
Asthma Bronchitis COPD Emphysema
8. Singing, Speaking,
9. Sleeping, Snoring
11. Most other
chronic challenges are Control-Find searchable in the Supplemental material
CD included in the Kit.
THEMES TO ENHANCE:
1. General breathing
2. Deepest Calm for: emotional
regulation, 12 Steps, anxiety-panic, headaches, high blood
pressure, pain reduction,
stress management, immune strength
stamina, recovery, sports, gentle yoga, breathwork, Pilates,
Qigong, Tai Chi
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Undetected Unbalanced Breathing
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"He who breathes most
air lives most life."
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
"Mike's Optimal Breathing teachings should be incorporated into
the physical exam taught in medical schools as well as other allied physical and mental health programs, particularly
education, and speech, physical, and respiratory therapy."
Dr. Danielle Rose, MD, NMD, SEP