November 11, 2020

Breath-Body-Mind integration

Kate Binnie

Especially relevant in the time of Covid-19, BBMi is a holistic and heuristic approach to living with chronic breathlessness. Utilising practical techniques from the traditions of yoga and mindfulness, underpinned by psychodynamic and neurobiological theoretical frameworks, BBMi aims to support people to rediscover a relationship with their breath and body that feels safe. I will share the process of co-developing BBMi with patients in a palliative setting, and we’ll also explore our own breathing in order to better understand the physical, psychological, relational and existential/spiritual resonance of loss-of-breath. An embodied understanding of “total breathlessness” is commonly missing in the clinical encounter leading to mutual frustrations and lost opportunities for therapeutic connection. The aim of my talk is to give delegates the opportunity for a new way of thinking about breath (their own, their patients’) and some practical tips to use in clinical practice.


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Kate Binnie

About Kate Binnie

Kate has spent the last 4 years working as a senior research associate with (an interdisciplinary project on breathing and breathlessness funded by the Wellcome Trust and based at the Universities of Bristol and Durham). Clinically, she is an HCPC registered Music Therapist with an MSc in palliative care from King’s College London. She teaches on the King’s palliative care training (psycho-spiritual care) and runs courses for healthcare professionals across the UK in holistic approaches to breathlessness management. Breath-Body-Mind integration (BBMi) aims to help professionals understand and meet the affective component of breathlessness-related distress. She also teaches yoga and mindfulness to patients living with chronic and advanced disease.