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Digital Seminar

Harness the Power of Breathing: Combine Breathwork with Movement to Improve Functional Outcomes

Michelle Lindsey, DPT, PT, MBA
Approx. 6 Hours
Jun 16, 2023
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Harness the Power of Breathing & Accelerate Therapeutic Gains

Breathing is the most basic and essential physiologic process… yet your standard examinations – focused on range of motion, posture, and balance – have completely overlooked this major player in overall health. With profound physiological effects on health and body mechanics, today’s evidence supports an integrative medicine approach that incorporates breathwork.

Watch Michelle Lindsey, DPT, PT, MBA, to learn all the tools you need to evaluate respiration and combine breathing with functional movement to improve outcomes in low back & neck pain, balance and coordination problems, poor endurance, pelvic floor issues, respiratory issues/long COVID and much more! Discover strategies you can use right away to:

  • Alleviate pain, reduce stress and tension
  • Improve posture, cognition, and performance
  • Increase body awareness & core activation

You’ll gain a clear understanding of the complex functional relationship between the muscles, joints, and fascial lines that enhances clinical decision making. The yogic breathing exercises taught in this course are applicable to a wide variety of patients, and adaptations for various stages of healing from injury and surgical procedures are covered in detail. Discover a systems model approach to treatment that produces lasting results, and learn hands-on, how to teach your clients anywhere, anytime exercises and body awareness skills that will keep them happy, healthy, and out of the clinic.


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CEs may be available for select professions, as listed in the target audience. Hours will be dependent on the actual recording time. Please check with your state licensing board or organization for specific requirements. 

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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.


Michelle Lindsey, DPT, PT, MBA's Profile

Michelle Lindsey, DPT, PT, MBA Related seminars and products

Michelle Lindsey, DPT, PT, MBA, has over 26 years of experience and is the owner of Rising Star Therapy Specialists, LLC, in Phoenix where she specializes in treating pediatric and adult special needs clients. Throughout her career, she has worked in various settings, including orthopedics, skilled nursing services, home health, outpatient, and acute care. Dr. Lindsey views her clients as unique individuals with varied skills and abilities. She inspires them to extend beyond their best efforts by providing a comfortable, compassionate, and respectful environment in which they thrive.

Her first book, The Wellness Equation, offers hands-on-postures and exercises that promote healing at the union of modern medicine and traditional yoga. The Metamorphic Gift: Easy, Simple Breathing and Postural Techniques to Transform Your Life; is a great book for self-healing that integrates the body with breathing and postural exercises, using understandable anatomy and physiology.

Dr. Lindsey is also Certified as a Personal Trainer (CPT), KRI Yoga Instructor, a Level 3 Reiki Practitioner, Dolphin Therapist, Fall Prevention Specialist, and Tai massage therapist. She also holds a dry needling certification. She has been a featured speaker in many large-scale conferences. Dr. Lindsey has won national recognition in many areas of fitness including figure skating, elite marathon running, duathlons, and professional speed skating.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Michelle Lindsey is the CEO of Rising Star Therapy Specialists, LLC and receives commissions from LinkMed Technologies. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. All relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations have been mitigated.
Non-financial: Michelle Lindsey has no relevant non-financial relationships.

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  1. Assess client for proper ventilation and identify issues that affect this.
  2. Demonstrate proper breathing techniques that facilitate optimal performance.
  3. Describe how the breath is important for clients with back pain, scoliosis, tonal issues, temporal mandibular joint problems, pelvic floor issues, anxiety, and numerous circulatory and respiratory disorders.
  4. Assess the impact of the core connections and diaphragm on the entire body.
  5. Integrate breathing exercises in treatment of a variety of conditions.
  6. Investigate visual, tactile, and auditory treatment exercises that impact breath and body awareness.


Importance of Breath in Posture and Overall Function
  • Who are the best breathers?
  • Missing links in our standard assessment/ evaluations: breath and vision
  • Diaphragm & its relationship to the core
  • The Core= Our Powerhouse
  • Local vs. global muscles
  • Considerations for the role of connective tissue
  • The organ of posture and breath
  • Systems model approach-medicine today
    • Somatic psychology
    • Fascial connections
    • Acupuncture and acupressure
    • Understanding how this model works in therapy today
Utilize an Anatomical Systems Perspective to Evaluate the Core
  • Circulatory system
  • Respiratory system
  • Lymphatic system
  • Digestive system
  • Endocrine system
  • Nervous system
  • Musculoskeletal system
Systems Model Theory: Yogic Perspective on the Core
  • The limbs of yogic philosophy
  • Chakras and meridians- medical vs. yogic model
  • The navel center (the core) and how to find it
  • How all of the yogic parts are tools to connect the entire body
Body Awareness – The Core and its Connections
  • Examining how body parts connect through awareness and knowledge
  • The Power of the core if activated correctly
  • Healthy sitting
  • Musculoskeletal connections
  • Activation of the core/breath using sensory cues (the brain-body analogy)
Proper Ventilation for Disease Prevention
  • Understanding the biomechanics of the ventilation system
  • Lung volumes/capacities-spirometry
  • Conscious vs. unconscious breathing
  • Long deep breathing
  • Breath and vocalization
  • Nasal breathing
Experiential Lab: Becoming Aware of the Breath
  • Explore various breathing techniques to help with disease
    • Breath of fire
    • Cannon breath
    • Whistle breath
    • Sitali pranayama
    • Breath walk
    • One minute breath
  • Teaching clients to breath correctly- ovarian breath, birthday candles
  • Exercising- stretches, strengthening using the breath correctly (yogic postures)
  • How to use the breath in a meditation practice
Simple Solutions for Common Dysfunction
  • Back and neck pain
  • Balance and coordination problems
  • Poor endurance
  • Pelvic floor issues
  • Long COVID
  • Hypertonicity
  • Arthritis
  • Headaches
  • Scoliosis
  • TMJ
  • Asthma
  • Hyperventilation
Considerations for Working with Special Populations
  • Geriatrics
  • Special needs
  • Pregnancy
  • PTSD
  • Case study - David’s story

Target Audience

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Speech Language Pathologists
  • Chiropractors
  • Speech Language Assistants
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Activity Professionals/Directors
  • Recreation Therapists
  • Osteopathic Doctors
  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Rehab Nurses
  • Teachers/Parents
  • Physicians
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Personal Trainers
  • Yoga Instructors
  • Physical Education Professionals and Coaches
  • Long Term Care Administrators
  • Restorative Team Members
  • Clinical Managers
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists
  • Wellness Coaches


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