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Growing up as a swimmer I've always been aware of the sensations breathing and breath holds created in the body, but I never really applied this outside the area of swimming, until about 5 years ago. 


In my early 30’s I suffered quite a bad car accident and developed PTSD for a number of years afterwards. The panic attacks were affecting all areas of my life, particularly around my ability to advance my surfing due to the panic I felt while paddling into bigger waves.


It wasn't until I booked a surf breath holding course that I truly started to understand how much my breathing influenced me physically and mentally. This brought me right back to my swimming days. From here I immersed myself in breathing and researched how to improve my health. 


One thing which became apparent to me is I was able to manage my asthma, which I developed at the age of 17. I always thought I would have asthma symptoms forever, but I was so wrong. The  breath training I was doing was not just helping me feel confident, relaxed and energised, but it was also allowing me to breathe with ease. 



Around the same time I also discovered kinesiology and started having regular sessions. This really allowed me to shift a lot of stress my body was holding onto. 

Breathing and kinesiology has dramatically reduced my PTSD and Asthma symptoms to near extinction, especially when combining it with a healthy diet, nature and  exercise. 


Going through such a transformation has improved my life beyond belief. This is why I became an instructor and continue to grow my education and experience so I can pass this on to you. 

I have always loved a coach that has a friendly and direct approach, who gives me honest feedback to want to improve my surfing. I feel like Sal has happily invested her time and energy whenever I have attended any of her lessons, breath work or workshops. She has opened my eyes guiding me that my mind, body and breath will be a key factor in my surfing and mental health. So grateful to have met Sal and even more grateful for her to guide me in and out of the water to be the best version of me. Can't wait to get back in the water!!! Let's send it!



Sammy Burton