I have been seeing Tim Altman for breathing therapy after being diagnosed with severe sleep apnoea. Tim's breathing therapy has been part of a multi-modal approach to treating the apnoea. Sessions with Tim have taught me to breathe more slowly, through the nose into the diaphragm, rather than rapidly, through the mouth into the chest. A hard habit to break after 35 years!
I've also learnt how important correct breathing is for good health and balance in the body.
The Capnotrainer biofeedback technology is a great way to immediately assess and monitor breathing.
Since Tim's breathing therapy, I have noticed I am sleeping better, feel less stressed, and am less tense in the neck, shoulder and chest muscles.
I was sceptical when Tim told me to tape my mouth shut overnight, but now I'm a believer - it really works!
Jessica, Port Melbourne
I would absolutely recommend to anyone to do the 2 week fast followed by the 4 week detox which Tim recommends and supports you through.
You must be mentally prepared.†Fasting is not an easy challenge, it is breaking all habits and living a very clean and simple life with minimum intake. Fast = juicing + herbal teals...THAT IS IT for 2 weeks!!!
Therefore some days are extremely tough and you just want to throw it all in...however you get past day 3, coffee cravings have gone as have the thirst for wine!
Day 4 is onward and upwards. Certainly not the energy you are use to but a lighter feeling indeed and not just because you are losing weight (which was not the reason I signed up to do this!!) but there is a sense of feeling very clean...cleansed!
Fast is finally over and onto the detox program, reintroducing simple, fresh, raw foods.†Eating small meals, regularly. Not too dissimilar to the way I was eating but no wine, less socialising but a great new outlook on life.
My new outlook was you can socialise without food, without alcohol. You can sit around a pot of herbal tea of veggie meal and have an amazing time with your friends.
The process was to cleanse my body, which it did, then reintroduce whole foods which I did, and gradually bring back meat, poultry, fish, etc.
My partner and I did this together, his support was crucial, very much leant on each other. We didn't exercise throughout the fast for obvious reasons, but once we started getting our energy back from our food intake we had healthy minds and so much energy. We achieved so much personally and physically throughout this program.
We met Tim weekly and had our tests done, I decreased weight, lost necessary fluids, lost inches and gained my youth. I am 33 years of age and came out as a 29 year old!! Got to love that.
Tim would talk us through the different stages, the feelings we were having, encourage us when we were at a low and reassured us we were on the right track.
Tim has been through the fast/detox many times and can help you through the feelings of doubt and can share the celebrations at the end of each week's measurements.
Almost 3 months on and I still very much feel the benefit of the program.
My mind is clearer, I don't feel the need to have a wine with dinner, eat a lot of raw, organic food, a lot of juices.† I don't crave sugar like I use to and I just simply feel great, healthy and full of energy.