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About the Buteyko Breathing Method

The Buteyko Breathing Method was developed by Konstantin Buteyko, a Ukrainian doctor in the 1950’s. Doctor Buteyko discovered that overbreathing or hyperventilation was at the root of many diseases, especially diseases of the respiratory system such as Asthma.

Normal breathing volume for a person at rest is 5 to 6 litres per minute. A person with Asthma typically breathes 10 to 15 litres of air per minute.  Doctor Buteyko helped thousands of Asthmatics to reverse their asthma by learning to breathe less.

How does it work?

When we breathe too much the level of Carbon Dioxide in our body drops. CO2 is not just a waste gas in the human body. It plays a vital role in the release of oxygen to the cells. Oxygen is carried in the blood by Haemoglobin. Our blood is saturated with 95 to 99 per cent Oxygen.

The key to health is the correct release of Oxygen from the Haemoglobin. It is in the presence of CO2 that the Oxygen is released to our cells. (This is known as the Bohr Effect and was discovered by Christian Bohr in 1903.)

A lowered level of CO2 means a reduction in the Oxygen release to every cell in our bodies.

Through practising the exercises in The Buteyko Breathing Method  you will learn to breathe efficiently, with correct volumes to meet the needs of your body. You will learn how to bring your body into balance by re-establishing a healthy Oxygen release within your body. The Buteyko Breathing Method can greatly improve the quality of sleep, boost energy levels and empower you to take control of your own health by learning to control your breath.

Asthma  

If you suffer from Asthma and are tired of feeling breathless, tightness in your chest and coughing fits after exercise the Buteyko Breathing Method can help you. By following a set of exercises assigned to you by a Buteyko Practioner you will learn how to manage your Asthma, increase your energy levels and allow yourself to exercise without the fear of coughing fits or Asthma attacks.

The Buteyko Breathing Method helps address your Asthma by:-

  • Teaching you breathing exercises that help open your airways naturally allowing you to breathe easily and calmly.Teaching you how to manage coughing fits, wheezing and breathlessness during exercise.
  • Teaching you how to unblock your nose and maintain nasal breathing.
  • Teaching you how to bring your body into a state of relaxation and enjoy a deep restful sleep.Empowering you to take complete control of your Asthma and its symptoms and boosting your quality of life.

In 2014 The Buteyko Breathing Method was awarded an evidence level rating of “ A” by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA)- which is the highest grade that GINA assigns to any form of treatment.

Many thousands of people from all over the world with Asthma have benefitted from learning the Buteyko Breathing Method. As a trained practioner in The Buteyko Method with Buteyko Clinic International it is my goal to help as many asthmatics as possible to take back control over their breathing and transform their quality of life.

Stress, Anxiety and Panic Attacks

The habit of overbreathing causes the levels of Carbon Dioxide in our body to drop. CO2 plays a vital role in the body in the release of oxygen to our cells, the dilation of our blood vessels and the relaxing of smooth muscle. Breathing lightly through the nose, without taking big breaths and breathing too much, is the best way to maintain a healthy level of CO2 in our bodies.

When we are breathing correctly our circulation improves, vasodilation takes place and the 100,000 miles of smooth muscle in our body relaxes and functions correctly. When we are anxious or stressed the opposite happens in our bodies. Our blood vessels constrict, the circulation of blood to our extremeties is inhibited as blood rushes to the major muscle groups and the vital organs as part of the “ fight or flight” response of the body. The smooth muscle in our body tenses up also. We take big breaths in readiness fo a “fight or flight”.

The problem lies when this type of breathing becomes habitual. The bigger breaths we take the more we have to continue to take big breaths to feel like we are getting enough air.

The paradox is that people who overbreathe  do not feel like they are getting enough air!

It is a physiological feedback loop that is malfunctioning. Many people are not aware of just how powerful a connection there is between how they breathe and their levels of stress, anxiety or frequency of panic attacks.

The Buteyko Breathing Method helps address your Stress, Anxiety or Panic Attacks:-

  • Explaining the physiological connection between our breathing habits and feelings of anxiety, stress or panic in our bodies.
  • Teaching breathing exercises to address stressed breathing and bring a sense of calm and relaxation to the client.
  • Teaching specific breathing exercises for to help people deal with panic attacks.
  • Teaching you how to bring your body into a state of relaxation and enjoy a deep restful sleep.
  • Empowering you to take control of your stress, anxiety and panic attacks and transform your quality of life.

Chronic stress and anxiety is reaching epidemic levels in the Western World. Many people who are stressed or anxious know that there is something wrong but cannot see any possible solution to how they feel. Many people blame themselves or think that there anxiety or stress is just down to their personalities. Very few people know just how fundamental their breathing habits are to their sense of wellbeing.

It is my goal as Buteyko Practioner to help people take control of their stress, anxiety and panic attacks by learning to breathe efficiently. I wish to help people become empowered by having a physiological re-set button when stressed.

Knowing how to bring a feeling of relaxation into our bodies is a powerful tool in our modern world. The Buteyko Breathing Method teaches how to do this  while also boosting our energy levels and greatly improving our quality of sleep. You cannot control events all around us but by learning the Buteyko Breathing Method you can learn to take back control of your health and wellbeing inside you.

Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Snoring is often joked about as if it is not something to be taken too seriously. The truth of the matter is that snoring, especially loud snoring,  greatly reduces the quality of life of the snorer and anyone else close by yearning for a restful night’s sleep.

The greater the volume of air a person breathes day in day out the more likely that person is to snore. Sleep Apnea is a dangerous condition that is becoming more prevalent in our modern world. Over-breathing, especially through the mouth when asleep, greatly increases the likelihood of someone developing Sleep Apnea.

A person with this problem repeatedly holds his or her breath during sleep putting enormous pressure on the heart and the cardiovascular system of the body. Loud Snoring and Sleep Apnea often go hand in hand and are recognised by health professionals as having many detrimental affects to the human body such as a greater risk of high blood pressure, heart attack and obesity.

Also fatigue, raised cortisol levels and anxiety are more likely to occur when a person is not enjoying deep and restful sleep. Ask any person who is a habitual snorer or suffers from Sleep Apnea how they feel each morning and the answer is most likely to be  summed up in one word -“exhausted”.

The Buteyko Breathing Method helps address your Snoring or Sleep Apnea:-

  • Explaining the physiological causes of loud Snoring and Sleep Apnea and creating an awareness of how to reduce, manage or even eliminate Snoring and Sleep Apnoea.
  • Teaching you how to breathe the correct volume of air for your body’s needs.This involves learning to calm and reduce breathing before sleep ensuring a restful night’s sleep.
  • Teaching  you breathing exercises that can be incorporated into your daily life to permanently address the causes of Snoring and Sleep Apnea.
  • Empowering you to take control of your Snoring and Sleep Apnoea and help to transform your quality of life.

The Buteyko Breathing Method offers a natural, non-invasive approach to the management and elimination of Snoring and Sleep Apnea.  The Buteyko Breathing Method helps you to take control of your breathing and enjoy a restful night’s sleep. How you breathe while you are asleep has an enormous impact on your health and well being during the day.

Children’s Development

Many people switch to habitual mouth breathing in childhood. This can have serious detrimental effects on a child’s health and development.

Mouth breathing may seem like an innocuous habit but there is a wealth of research documenting the negative affects of children breathing through their mouths habitually.

Dr Christian Guilleminault is considered to be the father of sleep medicine. He is credited with the discovery of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and  Upper Airway Resistance (UARS) in the 1970’s. In Dr.  Guilleminault’s opinion restoration of nasal breathing during wake and sleep may be the only valid “complete” correction of paediatric sleep-disordered breathing. According to his research, the removal of tonsils or adenoids alone is not sufficient to restore normal breathing during sleep. The negative habits of mouth breathing must also be addressed to help avoid sleep disordered breathing including sleep apnoea.  It is of paramount importance that parents are made aware of this fact.

80% of the growth of a child’s face occurs in the first 5-6 years of life. If a child is habitually breathing through his or her mouth their face does not develop as it should. Mouth breathing causes high, narrow upper arches to develop in the child as a result of poor tongue posture. Also the mandible (lower jaw) does not grow forward to its full potential resulting in a longer face and receding chin. This can put the child at a higher risk of developing Obstrutive Sleep Apnea as airway space is restricted.

If a child is not sleeping properly it will have a direct impact on his or her development in many ways. Research now shows that a lack of deep restful sleep can affect a child’s growth as growth hormones are released during sleep and put the child at a greater risk of learning difficulties in school. There is also a growing body of research linking poor sleep patterns amongst children to ADD and hyperactivity.

Buteyko Breathing can readily counteract these childhood problems and children do not find it a difficult thing to incorporate into their lives. If you are a concerned parent and would like to discuss this further with me please do not hesitate to get in touch using the Contact Form.