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  Frequently Asked Questions
         
  Sports Performing Arts General Questions
 
Sports
What is the role of the breathing muscles in sports?
Which muscles are involved in the respiratory process?
Why is it important to train both Expiratory and Inspiratory muscles?
  What causes inspiratory muscles fatigue?
  What causes breathlessness?
  Why normal exercise is not enough to train my breathing?
  What is the Eolos training regime?
  Is there a difference between men and women's breathing?
  Can Eolos improve breathing at high altitude?
  Contraindications.
 
   
  Why is important to train both Expiratory and Inspiratory muscles?
  What is the Eolos training regime?
  Why normal exercise is not enough to train my breathing?
  What causes the inspiratory muscles fatigue?
  Can Eolos improve breathing at high altitude?
  Is there a difference between men and women's breathing?
  Contraindications.
 
  Performing Arts
  Which muscles are involved in the respiratory process?
  Why is important to train both Expiratory and Inspiratory muscles?
  How can Eolos help Singers, Musicians and Actors?
  Why normal exercise is not enough to train my breathing?
  What causes inspiratory muscles fatigue?
  What causes breathlessness?
  What is the Eolos training regime?
  Is there a difference between men and women's breathing?
  Contraindications.
 
  General Questions
  Is it safe to send my credit card information over the Internet?
  What is the delivery time once I place my order?
  How long it takes to start seeing results?
  How do I use Eolos?
  When and where can I use my Eolos?
  I have asthma, will it help me?
  I will like to quit smoking; will Eolos help?
  Is Eolos bulky or heavy?
  What is Eolos made of?
  How can I clean my Eolos?
  Does Eolos has a warranty?
  Where can I place an order?
1.- What is the role of the breathing muscles in sports?  
The role of the breathing muscles is to provide power and resistance to the respiratory process, making the sport activity more confortable and easier to achieve your performance goals.
 
 
2.- Which muscles are involved in the respiratory process?  
The muscles involved in breathing are the inspiratory and expiratory muscles. The inhalation muscles are diaphragm, external intercostals and accessory muscles. The exhalation muscles include the internal intercostals, abdominals, oblique, rectus.
 
 
 
3.- Why is it important to train both Expiratory and Inspiratory muscles?  
 

Breathing consists of moving the oxygen from the environment into the lungs, circulate it throughout the body, and removing carbon dioxide out. This process is called gas exchange. Inspiration results from enlarging the thoracic cavity and lowering the intrathoracic pressure to intake air. Exhalation occurs when relaxing the inspiratory muscles and the chest springs back forcing the air out of your lungs.

During normal daily activities, you breathe at ease and the respiratory muscles do not experience hard work, hence blood flow to the peripheral muscles is normal. To give you a better idea, at rest a person breathes around 12 liters of air per minute, but during heavy exercise this can rise to over 150 liters per minute, and in elite athletes, this can go as high as 220 liters.

When performing an exercise or an intense activity, the work of breathing increases making the respiratory muscles work harder. This causes fatigue and can reduce the blood flow, which limits physical performance.

In the breathing process, the inspiratory muscles undertake most of the work; nevertheless, even though exhalation is mainly a passive process. The expiratory muscles are also demanded specially during heavy exercise. This is so since at high exercise intensity, the work of breathing increases and larger volumes of gas must be moved more quickly, therefore, greater pressure generation is required.

By training the inspiratory and expiratory muscles we increase their strength and endurance, hence lessening their workload at intense exercise, allowing for proper blood flow to all active muscles and maximizing both respiratory and physical performance.

 
 
  4.- What causes inspiratory muscles fatigue?  
 
Muscles working hard in exercise need more oxygen, so more blood is pumped around the body, picking up more CO2 from the muscles, to be released in the lungs to be breathed out, and picking up more oxygen there to deliver to the muscles. When respiratory muscles demand for energy exceed supplies, the energy stored within the muscles is depleted and the force of contraction diminishes. Fatigue of the inspiratory muscles usually elicits an increase in minute ventilation and respiratory, and sometimes may result in a reduction rather than an increase in motor outflow to the respiratory muscles. The weakness experimented can be counteracted with a proper breathing training.
 
 
 
  5.- What causes breathlessness?  
 

Breathlessness is the feeling of being out of breath. This is normal in healthy people who exert themselves physically, but can be a sign of illness if it occurs at a much lower level of exertion than expected. When the muscles are not in good shape, they cannot use oxygen efficiently and create less CO2. This inefficiency causes the heart and lungs to work poorly and experience breathlessness.

By training your breathing you can strengthen the inspiratory muscles and use oxygen more efficiently to counteract the symptoms of breathlessness.

 
 
  6.- Why normal exercise is not enough to train my breathing?  
 

While any physical exercise enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health, it is often practiced to strengthen muscles, the cardiovascular system, and to hone athletic skills. Nevertheless, this does not provide a training stimulus to the inspiratory and expiratory muscles.

Various reports suggest that even well fit athletes can benefit from the 'super-enhancement' of inspiratory and expiratory muscles performance, which comes from training with a breathing trainer. Eolos provides a unique stimulus to the breathing muscles. This stimulus cannot be produced without imposing an external load to inhalation. The functional enhancement it stimulates provides improved capacity, endurance and control.

 
 
 
  7.- What is the Eolos training regime?  
 

The tested Eolos training regime consists of doing two sets of 30 breathing exercises using Eolos . Spending five minutes daily training, in four weeks you will feel the lung function improving.

Training 5 minutes daily, in 4 weeks the lung funtion improves noticeably.

User-friendly instructions are included with every Eolos order. Measurable results can be achieved in about 3 weeks of continuous training.

 
 
  8.- Is there a difference between men and women's breathing?  
 

Yes there is. Women have smaller lung volumes, smaller diameter airways and lower resting maximal expiratory flow rates relative to men.

This is probably the cause for higher work of breathing in women. During intense exercise women usually use a greater fraction of their ventilatory reserve and have a higher metabolic cost of breathing compared to men.

 
 
 
  9.- Can Eolos improve breathing at high altitude?  
 

Oxygen deprivation is usually a result from being at high altitude or just climbing up a flight of stairs.

There are two major kinds of environmental stresses at high altitude: climate and low air pressure. The percentage of oxygen in the air at two miles (3.2 km.) is the same as at sea level (21%). However, at a higher altitude, the air pressure is 30% lower because the atmosphere is less dense.

At high altitudes, the lower air pressure makes it more difficult for oxygen to enter our vascular systems. The result is hypoxia or oxygen deprivation. Hypoxia usually begins with the inability to do normal physical activities without fatigue.

When this happens, there is an increase in breathing and heart rate to as much as double even while resting. Pulse rate and blood pressure go up sharply as our hearts pump harder to get more oxygen to the cells. Under these conditions, just to put one foot in front of the other requires maximal levels of breathing. Physical performance is harder because the respiratory fatigue reduces the blood flow from the legs and arms to meet its own requirement for oxygen.

This fatigue of the inspiratory muscles can be counteracted by training your breathing with a breathe trainer as Eolos. This will prepare your breathing for the demands of the increased respiratory work at high altitude and minimize fatigue and breathlessness. In essence, you will be able to improve body performance and enjoy your activity at its fullest being this trekking, skiing or climbing.

 
 
  10.- Contraindications.  
 

Used correctly Eolos can be used by almost anyone and has no harmful side effects. Very occasionally, however, there may be instances in which the creation of a large negative pressure in the chest may exacerbate an existing condition. As such, if you are on medication, suffer from a medical condition, or are uncertain as to whether Eolos is suitable for you, then you should consult your doctor PRIOR to commencing training. Eolos is intended to complement existing treatments, not replace them.

Eolos is not a toy. Minors under 16 years old should only utilize Eolos under adult supervision.

 
 
 
  11.- How can Eolos help Singers, Musicians and Actors?  
 

A good breathing technique is crucial to any singer, wind instrument player, actor and dancer. If we make our breathing muscles stronger, we improve the ability to:

- Control breathing.

- Enhance respiratory muscles endurance.

- Sustain forceful breathing without becoming fatigued.

- Increase vocal range by generating better tension in the vocal folds.

- Obtain a positive effect on the larynx as the strength of expiration from the lungs also contributes to loudness, and is necessary for the vocal folds to produce speech.

- Improve sound quality by centering the air better through the music instrument.

In essence, by training your breathing using an external resistance device as Eolos, the inspiratory and expiratory muscles get powered up and maximize their resistance when performing an intense exercise; like this maximizing your activity.

 
 
  12.- Is it safe to send my credit card information over the Internet?  
 

Our customer's privacy and account security is of utmost importance to us. That is why we only work with the best security companies in our website to ensure the security of your credit card information when placing purchases through our online storefront. Like this we guarantee that your online purchase experience goes smoothly and secure.

Here is something the credit card companies do not want you to know: If someone ever fraudulently charges your credit card, your liability is limited to a small amount (usually around $50, it varies slightly depending on where you live). The credit card company has to absorb the rest. That is no reason to be less vigilant, but at least it takes a weight off your mind.

 
 
 
  13.- What is the delivery time once I place my order?  
 
All packages are sent via certified mail and we provide the customer a tracking number to check the delivery status online at the Post Office Website.  Usually it takes between 5 to 10 business days to receive the order in most European and otherdestinations.  Nevertheless please note that delivery times vary according to the standard processing time followed by your LOCAL post office.  Delivery times to other international destinations may take longer. For deliveries within US, it takes about 2-4 working days to receive the order.
 
 
  14.- How long it takes to start seeing results?  
 
By following Eolos training regime, you can start seeing noticeable results as soon as 3 weeks into training. Long lasting results will largely depend on the way you structure your breathing training.
 
 
 
  15.- How do I use Eolos?  
 

Eolos is easy and confortable to use. Just read the easy instructions that come with your order or download them from our website. See Instructions.

After reading the instructions, if you remain with unanswered questions, feel free to email us at eolosweb@eolosweb.com

 
 
 
  16.- When and where can I use my Eolos?  
 
Because of its compact size and lightweight, Eolos can be carried everywhere you go. Whenever you have any downtime simply pull it out and use it. Even while watching TV is a good moment. You can use it anytime anywhere.
 
 
  17.- I have asthma, will it help me?  
 

In most cases, anyone with breathing problems will benefit from using Eolos. ASMATHICS or anyone with respiratory affections, should always train at the Beginning Level and perform the exercises with low inhaling/exhaling strength. If you suffer frequent breathing exacerbations, consult your doctor BEFORE starting any breathing training.

In our website you can find compiled medical abstracts and points of interest supporting resistance breathing training and PEP therapy (positive expiratory pressure). Applications in chronic obstructive pulmonary diseas (COPD), chronic congestive heart failure, neuromuscular diseas, quadriplegia, cystic fibrosis, postoperative complications, dyspnea, and more are discussed.

 
 
 
  18.- I will like to quit smoking; will Eolos help?  
 

Using a breathe trainer as Eolos can help reduce the urge to smoke. The urge usually lasts a few minutes and it will go away whether you smoke or not. When you use Eolos, the following occurs:

- A reduction on the nicotine craving.

- A relaxation via deep breathing.

- Stress reduction.

- More lung power.

 
 
 
  19.- Is Eolos bulky or heavy?  
  On the contrary, Eolos is very light weight and measures about 13x4 cms. It can perfectly fit in your purse or fitness bag.  
 
 
  20.- What is Eolos made of?  
 
We only use high quality materials to make Eolos. The ergonomic silicone mouthpiece is antiallergic and the regulator is made of Medical Grade Plastic, which is very resistant to hits and scratches.
 
 
  21.- How can I clean my Eolos?  
 
The maintenance and hygiene of Eolos does not required special products. Simply wash it inside out with water and if you desired, use some mild soap.
 
 
 
  22.- Does Eolos has a warranty?  
 
In case of product failure during the warranty (1 year from the purchase date ), the manufacturer will repair or replace the product piece at its discretion. This warranty does not cover damages caused by accident, normal wear, repairs performed by third parties unauthorized by Aleas Europe, vandalism or inappropriate product use or alterations. This warranty is not transferable. Purchase receipt is required. To obtain service under warranty, contact Customer Service: eolosweb@eolosweb.com
 
 
 
  23.- Where can I place an order?  
 
You can place your order Online, by E-mail or Telephone. Click here .