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  • Writer's pictureNicole Cozean

Downtraining is More Than Breathing

Often breathing techniques are both the beginning and end of what we focus on when it comes to 'downtraining.' But there's so much more we can be doing, especially when it comes to the vagus nerve.



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Breathing techniques are fantastic and important, but they also have their challenges for patients.


They take time to work. They are dependent on the patient actually doing them. They can feel a bit dismissive to some patients, especially if we don't explain them well.


In our Downtraining Masterclass, we argue for broadening our definition of what constitutes downtraining.


Downtraining definition: Any intervention designed to reduce tension in the pelvic floor and/or central nervous system.


In the Central Nervous System category of downtraining we listed 15 different possible interventions. We're excited about vagus nerve techniques because we can actually implement them in our sessions!


And we give our patients the ability to do what we are asking.


As Nicole said in the full 'sode...

"We can't prescribe breathing practices to our patients and expect them to work if they can't do them correctly." - Nicole Cozean

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Nicole Cozean, PT, DPT, WCS


Founder of Pelvic PT Rising and PelvicSanity Physical Therapy in Southern California.


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Jesse Cozean, MBA


Co-founder of the Pelvic PT Rising and the Rising Podcast.


Jesse uses his business experience to help pelvic health business owners start and grow their practices so they can build a practice that truly works for them. From website design, SEO, conversions, marketing, finance and money mindset, he wants to make the process of owning your own practice easier and fun.

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