BradCliff Method ® For Breathing Disorders

For better breathing
For better health

Patrick Keating, Director and Principal Physiotherapist at Bay Active Physio is a trained Bradcliff ® Method practitioner.

The method helps patients who overcome breathing disorders producing a wide range of disturbing symptoms. The Bradcliff ® Method helps breaking the cycle of poor breathing patterns, enabling to restore energy-efficient breathing, improving energy levels, and renewing self-confidence.

Typical symptoms are:

  • Feeling of ‘air hunger’ at rest or during movement / sport
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Feeling anxious and uptight
  • Sore neck shoulders and back
  • Frequent sighing and yawning
  • Breathing discomfort*
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Erratic heartbeats*
  • Feeling anxious and uptight
  • Pins and needles
  • Upset gut/nausea
  • Clammy hands
  • Chest Pains*
  • Shattered confidence
  • Tired all the time
  • Achy muscles and joints
  • Dizzy spells* or feeling spaced out
  • Irritability or hypervigilance
  • Feeling of ‘air hunger’
  • Breathing discomfort

*Check with your doctor if you experience these symptoms.

Try checking your breathing.

Our natural breathing pattern is:

  • Breathing in and out through the nose
  • Low chest/abdominal pattern
  • 10-14 breaths per minute
  • A relaxed pause at the end of the out-breath

When in doubt, breathe out.

Disordered breathing occurs when upper chest breathing, usually at a faster rate and often through the mouth, becomes the dominant pattern of breathing especially at rest.

Disordered breathing can also include big sighs, yawning, breath holding, feelings of breathlessness, or feeling unable to take a good breath in or out.
Over time, disordered breathing can cause a large variety of symptoms including dizziness, anxiety, pins and needles, chest pain or tension, blurred vision, feeling easily overwhelmed, and constantly on edge.

The first step for control and restoration of normal physiology is breathing retaining.
Learning to return your breathing to a baseline level of relaxation allows the body and mind to start the process of returning to a normal balanced state. Once this is mastered then daily practise leads to the ability to grow and flourish, physically, mentally and spiritually.

Learning to let go and relax is the essence of being present, but sadly due to life in the 21st century this is often severely compromised. The first goal is to experience Baseline Relaxation and Calm with assistance, and then learn to achieve this at home, work, and in other stressful situations

    • Altitude
    • Anaemia
    • Anxiety or low-grade chronic depression
    • Asthma, COPD, chest problems
    • Chronic pain – physical or emotional
    • Decreased blood glucose (skipping meals)
    • Fluorescent lights / strobe lights
  • Grief and loss
  • Hormone upsets. (PMT pregnancy or menopause)
  • Humidity, lack of moving air
  • Insomnia or broken sleep
  • Mouth-breathing/nasal & sinus problems
  • Poor posture or bad ergonomics at your desk
  • Post-operative or injury problems
  • Stimulants, caffeine and sugar
  • Talking a lot and fast
  • Tight clothes
  • The terrible twins – stress and fatigue
  • Post viral exhaustion
  • Work hassles, or redundancy


Breath holding and i-hunch postures affect your breathing. It only takes 24 hours to change a pattern for it then to potentially become habitual.

  • Emails, Twitter, Facebook, iPhones
  • Average office worker 120+ emails a day. Screen apnoea is real.
  • Disembodiment / withdrawal / ‘eat stress’.
  • Eyesight deterioration / postural changes

Informations reproduced with permission from Bradcliff ® New Zealand

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