Transformational Breath Foundation® are keen to build an evidence base for the breathwork offered to clients. Here are references for research supporting the use of diaphragmatic breathing – a major component of Transformational Breath®.

Approximately 1 in 10 people have symptoms of dysfunctional breathing (Thomas 2005) but we all have negative experiences and these can affect our breathing patterns (Upton 2012).

Dysfunctional breathing is related to:


Transformational Breath®  encourages a conscious connected diaphragmatic breath. Diaphragmatic breathing may:

  • Be employed as an effective therapy in reducing the oxidative stress which is implicated in the cause of many diseases (Martarelli et al, 2011).

  • Improve gastroesophageal reflux disease (Eherer et al, 2012).

  • Decrease pre-surgical mood-disturbance and increased immune functioning of cancer patients after surgery (Cohen et al, 2011).

  • Improve the level of reported symptoms, quality of life and psychological impact of asthma (Bruton et al, 2011).

  • Significantly improve HRV with a favourable prognostic picture in ischemic heart disease patients who have diabetes (Kulur et al, 2009).

  • Be useful in migraine and had significantly better long-term prophylactic effect than propranolol in migraine (Kaushik et al, 2009).


Diaphragmatic breathing can also improve our well-being. It has been found to:


An adapted form of Transformational Breath®  has been found to increase creativity (Colzato LS et al, 2012).

Information adapted from Transformational Breath Foundation® UK. Additional references available at Transformational Breath Foundation® International.