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Gut health and ‘belly’ breathing

March 2 | 1:30pm2:30pm


Gut health and 'belly' breathing

Sat 02 Mar | 2 to 4:30pm
with Susie Willsher & Gray Caws


The way we breathe affects every aspect of our life. This workshop will look at the effects of dysfunctional breathing on our digestive tract and microbiome.

You’ll get:

  • practical advice and simple exercises to improve functional breathing 
  • an understanding of the science behind how we breathe
  • tests to check for breathing pattern disorders
  • an understanding of why our gut health is so important
  • how to identify some symptoms of altered gut health
  • advice on how best to promote good gut health

We’ll look at how you can have the best ‘diet’ in the world but if you over-breath and are frequently  ‘stressed out’ or over-train at the gym, the body tends to store fat in the midrift.

Gray will deliver the breathing element of the workshop. He is a Buteyko breathing practitioner and works closely with Patrick McKeown who is the founder of The Buteyko Clinic International.

Susie will discuss how aspect of our diet and lifestyle can affect our gut health. She will explore the possible reasons behind gut symptoms such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and the importance of our good and bad gut bacteria (our microbiome) on our overall health. She will also discuss ways we can help modulate our microbiome to improve our health.  .

Susie is a Registered Nutritional Therapist with over 10 years of clinical experience. She studied for four years full-time at the University of Westminster. She first studied chemistry and biology followed by a three year science degree in Nutritional Therapy. Susie graduated in 2008 with a BSc(Hons) in Nutritional Therapy.

Susie is a BANT registered practitioner

BANT-member Registered Nutritional Therapists are regulated by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). By choosing Registered Nutritional Therapists registered with the CNHC you can be confident that they are properly trained, qualified and insured, and that they abide by the CNHC’s Code of Conduct.

Specialist areas IBS and other gastrointestinal disorders, chronic disease management, health optimisation, food sensitivities, autoimmune conditions, weight loss, pre and post pregnancy health and children’s health.

I have always had an an interest in food and cooking and when I was diagnosed with 'IBS' in my 20s my interest in food to took me to look at food as medicine. After improving my own condition through dietary changes I went on to get my BSc (Honours) in Nutritional Therapy from the University of Westminster. I have 10 years experience as Registered Nutritional Therapy practitioner, and have seen first-hand how diet and lifestyle changes can make such a positive difference to our health and wellbeing. I am also on the BBC’s panel of nutritionists and have appeared on numerous radio shows.

Now more than ever it is clear that one size does not fit all when it comes to our health, so it’s important to understand your individual balance. The body is amazingly complex and no one part of it works alone, so I aim to bring together my knowledge of nutrition, supplements and functional testing with a detailed understanding of how food works with the body to improve your health. I work using the Functional Medicine model and keep up to date with current research in health and nutrition. I aim to concentrate primarily on diet but I also have a very extensive knowledge of nutritional products and supplements to help support my patients.

Susie Willsher

Nutritional Therapist

Specialist areas: Chi Running & Walking, Oxygen Advantage Breathing Method, Buteyko Breathing practitioner, kettlebells, body-weight strength & conditioning, functional movement through play.

I discovered a passion for health and fitness in 2004. After struggling with niggles and injuries when running, I attended a workshop with Chi Running founder Danny Dreyer in 2010. This encouraged me to qualify as a Certified Chi Running Instructor. I also went on to qualified as a Personal Trainer, Master Kettlebell Coach, Specialist Exercise Coach (Management of Lower Back Pain).

In 2014 I was appointed Master Instructor and Director of Chi Running UK & Ireland, responsible for the management of Chi Running across this region. Looking to develop my skill-set further, in 2016 I trained as an Oxygen Advantage Instructor with Patrick McKeown. I became the first UK Certified Instructor, teaching a programme of breathing exercises that help address every-day breathing pattern disorders alongside improving sports performance. In 2018 I trained with Patrick in the Buteyko Breathing method, upon which the Oxygen Advantage is based.  

I work with clients on a 1-2-1 basis and also hold regular workshops in London, across the UK and Europe. I also train new instructors in the Chi Running and Oxygen Advantage methods. My current personal practice includes kettlebells and body-weight strength training to complement a marathon-maintenance running programme.

I enjoy running marathons and half marathons with my first venture into ultras at the Royal Parks Ultra Marathon back in 2014.

Gray Caws

Adventures In Movement Director & Coach

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Nutritional Therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care. Registered Nutritional Therapists use a wide range of tools to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances and understand how these may contribute to an individual’s symptoms and health concerns. This approach allows them to work with individuals to address nutritional balance and help support the body towards maintaining health. Nutritional therapy is recognised as a complementary medicine and is relevant for individuals with chronic conditions, as well as those looking for support to enhance their health and wellbeing.

Registered Nutritional Therapists consider each individual to be unique and recommend personalised nutrition and lifestyle programmes rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Registered Nutritional Therapists never recommend nutritional therapy as a replacement for medical advice and always refer any client with ‘red flag’ signs or symptoms to their medical professional. They will also frequently work alongside a medical professional and will communicate with other healthcare professionals involved in the client’s care to explain any nutritional therapy programme that has been provided.



March 2
1:30pm – 2:30pm
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