Brad Lichtenstein, ND
"Transforming Health through the Power of Mindful Breathing"
On average we take 24,000 breaths per day. Breathing, one of the most essential of our body’s functions, holds the key to establishing health and wellness. Through functional breathing we can often restore balance to the entire body and mind. Breath retraining has been shown to efficiently and safely reduce blood pressure, improve sleep, regulate hormones, create mental alertness, help with focus, as well as decrease stress.
By addressing these fundamental physiological processes, patients can greatly improve the quality of their lives and potentially reduce the need for medications or supplements. Recognizing that there is more to the breath than the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide, we will review the basic anatomy and physiology of breathing, introduce scientific literature regarding the benefits of various breathing techniques, evaluate the medical/ healing benefits of breathwork, introduce methods to examine breath patterns, and learn ways to teach functional breathing. We will discuss how breath retraining can positively affect various conditions, such as HTN, myocardial infarction, asthma, IBS, migraines, and others.
Brad S. Lichtenstein, ND, BCB is a graduate of Bastyr University, where he supervises the Mind-Body curriculum, and is BCIA Board Certified in Biofeedback. His work emphasizes the creation of psycho-emotional-spiritual wellness in the midst of living with chronic, life-challenging illnesses and trauma. For several years, he worked at the Bastyr Integrative Oncology Research Center (BIORC) providing counseling, biofeedback, meditation, breathwork and other mind-body therapies.
For three years, he was involved in a joint research study between Bastyr University and University of Washington examining end-of-life care and quality of death, during which time he lead over 500 guided meditation session to hospice patients. At Bastyr Center for Natural Health, he supervises Integrative Mind-Body / Biofeedback shifts, teaching mind-body modalities to patients to help balance their nervous system, minimize pain, and create a helath and wellness.
In addition to his work at Bastyr, Dr. Lichtenstein maintains a private practice as providing mind-body approaches, somatic and mindfulness based therapies, and biofeedback mentoring and training to licensed practitioners of all disciplines in person and via the Internet. He continues to facilitate group workshops as well as write.