Dr. Phillipa Wheble, MBChB, BSc (Hons) Pharmacology, DRCOG, MRCGP, Edinburgh-based G.P and Certified Transformational Breath® Facilitator and Workshop leader, has spent a year at University College, London researching the value of Transformational Breath® to singers experiencing performance and generalised anxiety and depression. Here is the research abstract of her study.
Objective: This project explores the efficacy of Transformational Breath® (TB) for the management of anxiety in professional voice users (PVUs). The existing literature for breathing interventions in anxiety is discussed and a methodology for the application of this conscious diaphragmatic breathing technique in a research setting is established.
Method: PVUs with social anxiety disorder were randomly allocated to intervention (n=12) or waiting-list control (n=12) groups. Both groups attended on three occasions to complete psychological (GAD—7, PHQ-9, SPIN, K-MPAI and WEMWBS) and physiological (BP, HR, RR, Sa02, PEFR) outcome measures. Participants in the intervention group practiced TB® at each attendance and repeated the outcome measures following each intervention.
Results: A single TB® session caused significant (p≤0.001) reduction in GAD-7, PHQ-9, SPIN, K-MPAI and HR, and significant increase in WEMWBS. A course of three TB® sessions caused significant reduction in systolic BP and HR when compared with controls.
Conclusion: This study provides preliminary evidence for the clinical efficacy of Transformational Breath® to improve social anxiety, generalised anxiety, music performance anxiety, depression and well-being and to reduce physiological measures of anxiety in PVUs.
Copyright: University College London, 2017
Pub. Abstracts of the International Symposium on Performance Science, 2017