Testimonial by Dr. Craig Sommer, DDS

Health and Quality of Life

Breathing is everything. It connects us with everything and everyone, and it should be considered as one of the main components to health and wellness.

Breathing is perhaps one of the most misunderstood and underappreciated of all human functions. It is usually perceived as a mystical Eastern practice taken into the context of meditation, exercise, relaxation or yoga. Common practices and recommendations in breathing today are structural and mechanical in nature. Many well meaning instructors and health care professionals liberally prescribe breathing exercises without considering the potential negative physiological implications resulting from such practices that can affect the body physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Unexplained symptoms

Would it be a far fetched idea to believe that voluntary breathing disorders could be causing you unexplained symptoms? Does it seem logical to believe that the respiration could just be out of sequence? Do you know a love one who presents with symptoms that no one can explain? Visits to specialty doctors are frequent and test results are negative? At that point, what other options do you have?

The medical literature from various specialty areas states that breathing dysfunction can affect an individual's health and it can mimic many organic illnesses. Breathing dysfunction can cause the following symptoms:


  • Impaired thinking
  • Disorientation
  • Seizures, faintness
  • Headaches, migraines
  • Tremors
  • Coldness in hands, face, feet
  • Tingling and numbness of hands and feet


  • Palpitations, “skipped beats”
  • Rapid heart beat
  • High blood pressure
  • Postural low blood pressure
  • Reynaud’s phenomena (decreased blood circulation)


  • Globus “lump in the throat”
  • Dry mouth
  • Belching, bloating
  • Chronic cough


  • Cramping, spasm of hands and feet
  • Muscle pain, joint pain, tremors, muscle tension


  • Difficulty breathing
  • “Asthma”, cough, throat “tickle”
  • Feeling of suffocation, yawning, sighing


  • Tension, apprehension
  • Anxiety, depression
  • Panic, phobias
  • Sensations of unreality
  • Hysteria attacks
  • Inappropriate pseudo-calmness


  • Fatigue, generalized weakness
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Low oxygenation
  • Sleep apnea

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Common Health Concerns


The medical literature states that hyperventilation can cause the nervous system to be overly reactive, and the brain to be depleted of oxygen, blood flow and glucose. The result is a person who cannot be still and is unable to think logically and strategically.

By improving your breathing and normalizing carbon dioxide levels you can improve your focus, enhance memory, and maintain a state of functional relaxation with controlled energy.

If you have concerns about a loved one who has ADD and ADHD, test anxiety or fatigue, this is a more practical alternative to drugs. Drugs for ADHD become gateways for other psychotropic drugs that are needed to relax the individual.

Decrease anxiety without drugs

Anxiety is an equal opportunity destroyer, and it will interfere in reaching your true potential in your health, career and relationships.

Can faulty breathing patterns cause anxiety? The answer is yes. Most commonly, anxiety is considered to be purely psychological in nature and hyperventilation is perceived as the result of anxiety. The reverse can also be true. Breathing pattern disorders can also cause anxiety.

Whether anxiety is psychological or physiological, you can stop the patterns, learn new skills and reduce or eliminate nervous tension without drugs and side effects.

Read Chapter 1 of "Anxiety Disorder", written by Andras Sikter, MD, and Roberto De Guevara OTR of Respiras.

Overcome fatigue, chronic exhaustion




Lack of energy can cause you to work twice as much to stay afloat and get through the day.

Breathing problems resulting in carbon dioxide depletion will cause serious changes to electrolytes like Magnesium, Calcium, Sodium, and it will interfere with proper oxygenation in the body. Oxygen must be available to combine with glucose to produce energy in the form of ATP. Get sustainable energy from the inside-out by giving your body proper oxygen, blood supply and electrolyte function. By learning how to breathe properly you can manage and renew energy without added stimulants.

Exercise induced asthma

Ever wonder why some athletes develop asthma like symptoms during competitive events? Can asthma symptoms be controlled with better breathing? The answer is yes.


“Doing the performance breathing has allowed me to get rid of my asthma.
I am able to stay relaxed at game points and have increased focus under high pressure situations during my game. I can play tennis without wheezing.”

George Graf, MTOM L.Ac
Owner, Academy Acupuncture
Colorado Springs, CO

Weight Gain

Many people depend on food, smoking, alcohol and drugs to help them relax.

These substances can cause a temporary and false sense of relief that is not sustainable. This can potentially result in health problems and increased weight gain.

The Respiras™ program is about learning to be in the flow and in “the zone” where being alert, relaxed and energized is maintained, even in high pressure situations.

Overcoming oxygen problems

You can learn skills to improve breathing efficiency and maintain better oxygenation on your own. Breathing in more air will not give you better oxygenation if you are depleted of carbon dioxide. Please note that certain pulmonary issues can cause low oxygen saturation so it is always recommended to check with your doctor and rule out other problems.

CPAP and poor compliance

For some people the CPAP machine is a medical necessity to help with oxygenation, energy, concentration and decrease blood pressure in some cases.

Most people who have breathing dysfunction at night most likely also have habitual breathing dysfunction in the daytime. The best candidates are those who experience difficulty complying with the CPAP machine for various reasons, including claustrophobia, increased anxiety, breathlessness, panic and just poor compliance.

We can help you improve your breathing efficiency and make corrective changes to your breathing patterns in sleeping positions.

Can the body learn new habits? The answer is yes. By consciously cultivating new patterns of better respiratory regulation of CO2, said patterns can be carried over at night when you sleep.


We do not disclose any of your personal information or training to anyone. Respiras™ is a performance enhancement training system to help you thrive in high pressure situations.

Whether you need to pass an aviation medical examination or you are in the military we train people to maintain internal balance regardless of outside influences.

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Respiras™ is recommended by doctors

"The Respiras Program provides a new and important ability to precisely monitor, evaluate and correct inefficient breathing patterns which cause subtle abnormalities in cellular biochemistry."

John Kucera, MD
Board Certified Family Medicine
Holistic Integrative Medicine
Chief Medical Advisory Board Member for Respiras™

“I endorse Respiras for its sound methodology that is based on physiological principles and scientific literature. We must continue to evolve and create more sensible solutions for our patients.”

Andreas Sikter, MD
Cardiology, Internal Medicine (Hungary)
Chief Science Board Member for Respiras™

“Working with Roberto to combine Respiras with my practice as a psychotherapist has given my clients an additional tool to master the debilitating impact of stress, anxiety, fear, panic, insomnia, attention issues, anger issues and on and on…by learning how to maximize performance in all areas of life.”

Vanessa P. Graf, PsyD, LMFT, PC

“Respiras™ provides an oasis of relief from stress. Most importantly, it empowers the individual with practical tools to effectively manage the various complexities of life in ways that are non-invasive.”

John Wyatt, MD, Physiatrist

“Optimal breathing is an integral component of health and performance. Respiras training and CO2 management are techniques that help an individual maximize performance.”

Ken Curry, MD
Board Certified Internal Medicine
Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiologist

“…What I like about Respiras, beyond the immediate health benefits, is that it empowers my patients with better strategies to manage stress effectively and increase their functional performance in their daily lives…”

George Graf MTOM, Lac Acupuncturist, Master Herbalist

“The primary nutrient for life is O2/CO2 balance in our bodies. When this balance is not present, all other biochemical pathways in the body are compromised. Respiras™ holds the key to both optimal health and cost containment.”

David Winn II, DDS
Ortho -molecular Dentistry, Colorado Springs, CO.

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Avoiding stress is not practical

Have you ever been told: “you need to learn to relax”? But how do you achieve this? How do you learn to relax? Do you breathe more? Do you take deeper breaths? Breathing more or deeper is not the answer. Relaxation techniques are not always practical and sustainable. Stress cannot always be avoided. More important than relaxation, is optimal flexibility and adaptability to challenges. Optimal breathing allows all strategies to function at once any place, any time.

Skills you own for a lifetime

Respiras™ empowers you with skills and tools to maintain internal equilibrium regardless of external circumstances in ways that are practical, meaningful and sustainable. You will learn a futuristic and innovative skill, self-regulation of your own physiology, that you can do by yourself to be focused, alert, calm and energized.

You get tangible outcomes that can be verified objectively. Respiras™ combines art and science with practical application to daily activities.

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