A recent client age 63 ,
6'1' 119 pounds with a severely worsening Bronchiectasis and
a 25 year history compounded by bad breathing most of his life
came to my office bent over and out of breath after walking the
50 feet to my door. He left 11 days later 2 pounds heavier and
walked the streets of NYC for 90 minutes. I approached it as a
dietary, nutritional supplements, sleep, postural and immune
system issue as well as restoring his breathing mechanics
including spinal flexibility and training him in what to do at
Dr. Vijay Jain, former surgeon and
incredible human being.
A recent 49 year old male client presented with multiple
breathing pattern disorders including one that was taught to him 20
years prior by a singing teacher. Oh, and no ability to sing.
Three days later he left singing and breathing free.
Another man told me "Michael, when I sing,
Funny but sad.
He left singing up a fun storm in full voice.
Felt great last night.. Found breathing much easier. Felt calm and
peaceful at least a bit more than normal. Slept great.. woke up
completely parched.. both nasal and mouth….very unusual. I wonder if
my breathing was enhanced and my body hasn't caught up or my need
for water may be increased??? I did another session this morning
with the chest band and felt another significant change in ease of
breathing.. my meditation following was AWESOME!!!! I am very
impressed and excited!!!!
Gene From mike. The desert air is probably the source of the
dryness plus you are breathing deeper and more dry air is more dry
I (mike white) worked with a
mom and her totally non compliant 4 year old brain damaged
beautiful little girl. We used my
Capno Trainer and by holding and moving and watching her
breath rate and CO2 levels were able after 6 hours to get her
breath rate from 52 BPM to 18. Mom learned how to hold and
nurture for maximum state of calm for herself and the baby.
On numerous occasions I have thought of you, thinking I should
do a better job of thanking you for your help. Seems like I have
always had these thoughts at the wrong time. At any rate, now is
First, I want you to know I really am grateful both for your
initial help via email and the Skype sessions, and the face to
face time we had in Charlotte.
t is quite possible that I would be using CPAP today had I not
had your input/ help. As you may recall, I saw you at the very
beginning of 2012. The prior four months had been probably the
most challenging of my life due to the battle with acute
insomnia. My breathing concern was certainly part of that
I think of 2012 as one of the best, if not the best, year of my
life. The sleep issues have pretty much become history. My
breathing anxiety has dramatically receded.
Personal, family, and work life are going well and I exercise
As I look back on my ordeal, I believe it was primarily
spiritual. God wanted to break through and penetrate and reveal
more of Himself to me. It took something fairly dramatic for my
mind to be open to this.
You were helpful to me and I do want to express my appreciation.
Hope you are doing well.
I reduced my resting heart rate from the
low 90s per minute to the high 60s in 3 weeks.
Jim Johnston, CPA
I (mike white) worked on a sufi
master/leader of a California and Washington, DC Ashram who had
recent lung volume reduction surgery that left him unable to
breathe very well. He was dying. In about 4 sessions he was
breathing much better and lived another 3 productive years.
Dear Mike: I don't know if you remember me, I came up from KY with my
husband Richard. It has taken me long to write this email, but I
have thought often how grateful I am to have found your help. I
was very depressed and full of anxiety when we met, and I
thought I would never be able to function without
anti-depressants, but thanks to what you taught me, I feel
normal again, I have faced many challenges, but I have done so
with my own strength, I am totally free of meds, and it feels
great! All those doctors didn't know at all how to help me with
my breathing, they had no answers, what a waste of suffering and
money! You understood so well my distress and knew how to fix
it. Sure there is still room for improvement, I know that if I
were more diligent with your training I could be so much better,
but I guess I am a little lazy, and I have taken it a lot
slower, still my life is so much better!
Mike you are a God sent, thank
you so much, from my husband as well!
ENT I am a 74 year old MD Ear Nose Throat specialist who developed
adult onset asthma and "non reversible" airway disease. I could not get any
real help except inhalers. I came across Breathing.Com from
Stephen Sinatra's Newsletter. I ordered the
and have had tremendous improvement. I do not get winded doing
simple tasks. I
also agree with Mike regarding the
raw food diet and drinking a
lot of water. I believe that chronic dehydration is another key
to aging and in my case lung disease. I plan to take the
breathing school this year and become involved
in helping people help themselves. Keep up the good work Mike.
Randall Langston MD From Mike: He arrived at
our office with 1.5 liters of breathing volume as measured on the
Voldyne 5000 and left with 2.5 liters.
Proper breathing is the
first step in wellness but is
Michael: I just had to send you my heart felt thanks. This is a
life changing experience. I can't believe
that I have been teaching people to harm themselves for many
years. You have got an evangelist in me. 25 years of
Respiratory Therapy, expertise in breathing, and I don't know the
Thank God I found you and dug deep to get my hands on your information.
that I just wouldn't have been ready to receive it if I'd come to you
My goodness, what a humbling experience. I am honored to be your
student. Carrie W.
Learning to breathe under the guidance of Mike White has
not only saved my life but profoundly altered its quality. In
the first training session, Mike address my restricted breathing, which
was steadily becoming worse, despite the inhalers I was using three and
four times a day. He taught me the
Optimal Leg Lift, a
deceptively simple and powerfully effective breath which stopped within
days my chronic coughing, and began to clear and relieve lungs and
bronchial tubes desperate for air. He also used
carefully controlled hand pressure and other techniques to "wring out
and soften hard and atrophies lung tissue. This
"re-birthing" of my lungs has affected my entire being. The
relief from asthma turned out to be only an introduction into fuller and
more vibrant participation in life. In the process of learning to
breathe more deeply and easily, old fears and insecurities are
beginning to dissolve. I am discovering the joyful calm that
supports life at its base.
I believe Michael Grant White's work with
the breath is a critically important contribution to an area of scientific
research still in its infancy. Marie D.
I would like to thank you so much Mike.
When I came to you I felt like I was on a verge of having a heart attack
or losing mind. I drove 4 torturing hours, it was well worth the 4 hours
drive. On my way home I had no panic attacks, which is amazing, I cannot
drive in a car for 30 minutes without a panic attack and I drove 4 hours
with none. I feel like you have given me part of my life that I thought
was gone forever. These panic attacks have been a journey for me, but
for once in my life I feel I am on the road to recovery. Thank you again,I will definitely be back .
Ms. Nicole T. Atlanta, GA
Stage Fright It's gone. Just gone.
Jim Brown. Trumpet player
After forty years of stuttering I’m
now stuttering much less. – Mary W
Yes I wish to subscribe to your
newsletter. As a singer, good breathing is simply a necessity. A
good technique frequently becomes confused by "so called"
knowledgeable teachers. Your site is great. Thank you for all the
info you share. It is sure to be helpful to many. Judy Davis.
I wanted to thank you again for working with me last night. The
voice I had when I left I haven't heard in years! I spoke to my
husband on the phone on the way home and he said my voice sounded
like me and so clear. I started crying because this is the first
time I have heard myself in a long time. I am going to keep working
on these exercises and hopefully I will get to that place more and
more. Thank you so much again, you have been the only person who
has really helped me at this point. Hope you have a wonderful
Murchid James Mackie Sufi master. Post lung reduction
surgery. He was gasping and dying. I added three more
years. Wonderful man.
helped me via skype to understand how to connect breath with my
body and emotions. I also learned how our emotions are tied
directly to our breathing and by changing our breathing, we can
change our state. I came into this session with the knowledge
that I don’t breathe enough. Sitting at my desk I tend to hold
my breath for long periods of time and breathe very shallowly. I
can practice and grow with the simple exercises that Mike shared
with me in our session for the rest of my life. During our
session I felt moments of euphoria. I equate this to my body
FINALLY receiving the nourishment of oxygen it needs to
optimally function. I also found that even though before the
session I meditated and was a little tired going in, I came out
of the session alert and energized. The thought came to me - how
many people sit at their computers holding their breath, breath
shallow and as a consequence feel tense, tired, foggy and feel
the need for stimulants like coffee to keep them going when
being conscious about their breath has the power to keep them in
a peak state? Paula Dietrict
Boston Psychotherapist Ruth Molin "I don't believe I was ever breathing correctly until now. I believe
there are millions of people out there just like me. Being one of Mike's
clients has inspired me to become a teacher of Optimal Breathing
"Breath is life, but for the flautist breath is
also art. Working with Mike freed tensions that had built up through
years of playing so I was able to recover my full capacity, control
and ease of expression. I recommend him highly to anyone who wants to
maximize his or her breathing capability."
Leslie Newman, Toronto Symphony
Jerry Nelson, Muppeteer
(Puppeteer of several Muppets, including
The Count, Lou Zealand and many others.
Tom McCarthy. CEO of
Tom McCarthy LLC.
Former president of Tony Robbins' company. Came for some fine tuning.
Newly diagnosed with Emphysema at age 85,
Charlie (retired from NASA) paid me a visit for 3 days. He went home
and the next day broke 3 state records. Now the doctors "aren't sure" about
"Just woke up.
Briefly, you made possible three first
At 10 today, I ran (not Race Walking) the
At 1 pm, the 1500 meter racewalk.
At 3 pm, the 800 meter dash.
The gratifying part was having a lung
reserve at the end of each race.
Your tests and exercises surely made that
The leg muscles were giving out before
gasping would have called a halt.
In addition, time in your lab changed my
apprehension about having emphysema disease.
Also gratifying was lowering the Maryland
records in my age group
for these 3 events. My own time is the
Maryland record in the 1500 Meter
85 age group, and I brought that down by 9
Normally, I don't do more than one all-out
event per day in the Sr. Games.
For years, that event has been the RW
Also, the officials rate the events and
will not allow more than two
"hi-risk" events per day. Both of the runs
were in that category.
Today, however, I felt sassy as hell, and
just wanted to keep going.
I staggered home and sat in a tub of ice
cubes for 20 minutes.
That's the sure cure to avoid being sore
for the next week.
Thence, to bed.
I'm still sleepy and am about to return to
Thanks for your contribution to a very
5 years later he and 3 other nonagenarians set
a record for a 4 man RW relay.
senior games medal in Race Walk (age 71) after only 5 weeks of
Linda Web Kakaba, singer songwriter Doubled her low tone
sustain and recovered her highest highs.
Michael Lee. First Asian member of the National Speakers
Assn. Had trouble maintaining strong voice while delivering his
Mary Lu Coughlin, co-founder of Wellness
Works in Glendale California summarizes her 6 day intensive with
Mike that includes her talking an army veteran over the phone
through a 3am panic attack using an approach she learned during the
intensive. He had not slept in 48 hours
Mark from the West Coast
got a one way ticket to Charlotte. The beginning of the
intensive "checking in".
How it went.
I have struggled most of my life with breathing and
neurological problems. This winter my breathing became very
problematic, so I decided to meet with you. Your multi focus
approach was very helpful. It allowed me to experience in a
kinesthetic way how my lungs, circulation, pain and energy
could respond very differently. It restored my hope that
change is possible.
When I left your office, I could move, breathe, and relax
without such a hard effort. The flow was very enlivening. It
will take me a while to sort out all the information I
received, but for now I have an experience of optimal
breathing work guiding me on a new path.
Thank you for all of your time, effort, and teaching.
Merlina P. MFCC
I somehow knew that stress and breathing were related.
Being in the medical field, there is a lot of stress and exam
taking that you have to go through.
I noticed that I had become a shallow breather a good part of
the time probably as a compensation for stress.
I found out about Mike White
from another doctor friend of mine.
I got product number 176 and started doing the exercises and
realized how out of shape I was and how I took breathing for
After some experience on my own and some excellent conversations
with Mike’s staff, I decided to fly down and for a 3 day stay to
have Mike work on me and fine tune what I realized was very
I made the right decision.
Mike helped me to understand and make use of other techniques on
program #176 so that I could go home and help to strengthen my
lungs over time specifically the techniques used to strengthen
the diaphragm, lungs and the Diaphragm Strengthener itself.
Lastly, Mike has state of the art computerized programs that
deal with the rate and rhythm of breathing which documents
breathing against the norm in real time.
I am very grateful that Mr. White has made breathing his
specialty for over 3 decades.
He has helped me
to breathe better and more fully.
Robert Sklovsky Pharm. D.,
Smokey Mountain Gypsy.
"I have sang and played
music for 35 years. I had no idea I was capable of singing with such
strength, control, confidence and ease as I have been until after working
with Mike for only 5 hours."
From Mike: In Berkeley I got to work with gospel, opera, jazz, blues and
pop singers but over the past 6 years having until recently been so isolated near the Great Smokies as I
was, it was not often I got to work with musicians. When I do
it is always such a treat. It's like working with a very unique and special
musical instrument all by itself. You can listen to his "old" voice
here. The new stronger, more clear, naturally expressive voice is being
recorded and will appear soon. (10 years ago 2006)
A 14 year old Motocross boy
with a contract for $300.000 and an $80,000 check in hand was
suffering from bad breathing impaired focus. It required 3 sessions
to regain a state of calm.
champion swimmerwanted to improve her ease of breathing
and recovery times for multiple general race days and triathlete events. An
opera singer was losing her high notes and sought psychotherapy but
rather just learned to breathe better and her high notes returned. A
classical singer was losing her mid range and regained it with optimal
breathing techniques. An emphysema victim learned that breathing was not
what he thought is was, for over 50 years. It had become a permanent
misunderstanding even to the point of doing it improperly when shown the
proper way. Several sessions were needed to change
this person’s breathing. A voice
over specialist was losing his skills in creating various voices. He
left fully able to do them at will. An asthmatic was retrained to
breathe easier and the symptoms disappeared. Stuttering and spasmodic dysphonia
can reduce or disappear when one learns to breathe optimally. A shy
young lady learned to breathe better. Her shyness lessened and "I met a
man and got married". Some eliminated their sleep problems,
hypertension, type "A" responses, wimpy ways of being. Some increased
their energy many fold, told off their suppressive boss.
"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."
The breathing improvement
techniques, practices and products outlined in this publication are extremely
gentle, and should, if carried out as described, be beneficial
to your overall physical and psychological health. If you have any serious medical or
psychological problem, however, such as heart disease,
high blood pressure,
cancer, mental illness, or recent abdominal or chest surgery, you should consult your
health professional before undertaking these practices.