anxiety

Phenomenology, anxiety and breath

Magritte

16-17 March 2016, Bristol This two-day conference will include papers on Thursday from Dylan Trigg (‘The phenomenology of anxiety’), Michael Lewis (‘Breath in the history of philosophy’), Tina Williams (‘Twenty years too soon: Anxiety in theory and practice’), Magdalena Górska (‘Ambivalences: Political Significance of Anxious Breathing’) … Read more…

Restoring Breath: Questions, medical advancements and the importance of bystander participation

Bleeding hearts

Tina Williams, PhD student on the Life of Breath project, writes a post prompted by the inaugural lecture of Prof. Jerry Nolan (audio recording now available), Honorary Professor of Resuscitation Medicine in the School of Clinical Sciences, University of Bristol: Loss. … Read more…

Breath-Body-Mind Integration: For Clinicians

21 Oct 2016, Oxford Our collaborator and blog contributor Kate Binnie will be running a workshop for healthcare professionals of all disciplines and in all settings who work with people experiencing hard-to-reach symptoms in supportive and palliative care. This course will: Explain how working with the breath and body affects the emotions & therapeutic relationship Via a tour of the evidence-base, show how BBMI can help with hard-to-reach symptoms in supportive and palliative care … Read more…

The First and Last Breath: reflections from palliative & neonatal care

Butterfly

Kate Binnie, yoga teacher and music therapist, writes:  In his brilliant book Being Mortal (2015) Atul Gawande calls for all healthcare professionals working with patients at the end of life to “help people to end their stories on their own … Read more…

The philosophical role of illness – and how it can teach us to live reflectively

Principle Investigator on the Life of Breath and professor of philosophy Havi Carel will be giving her inaugural lecture on ‘The philosophical role of illness’ on April 11th. She writes: Serious illness is a great calamity. It is unwelcome, violent, frightening … Read more…

Singing for Breathing

Phoene Cave

Vocal coach, community choir and workshop leader and music therapist Phoene Cave writes: In 2008 I answered an advertisement for a singing teacher at Royal Brompton Hospital in London. The original idea was inspired by Bronchial Boogie in Oldham, to … Read more…

With bated breath: diagnosis of respiratory illness

In this essay, senior investigator Havi Carel recounts her experience of being diagnosed with a rare respiratory condition as a starting point for considering how waiting for and receiving a medical diagnosis affects people’s lives. After perhaps a prolonged period … Read more…

‘I need security to survive’

Kate Binnie, yoga teacher and music therapist, shares a memory of a hospice patient: Paula wakes early every day and spends time in bed, praying. “I’m a good Catholic girl” she wheezes up at me from her chair, grinning naughtily. … Read more…

‘An ongoing presence’

Sky

Newly-appointed PhD student on the Life of Breath project Tina Williams writes: The patient experiences her illness from within, as a transforming experience impacting all dimensions of life […] She does not compartmentalise the disease, nor does she understand it … Read more…