Buteyko Breathing Technique Addresses Over-Breathing
The underlying condition that the Buteyko Breathing Technique addresses is, simply put, over-breathing. The premise of the Buteyko Breathing Technique is that over-breathing is the cause of many illnesses in which the sufferers feel they can't catch their breath and get enough air!
According to Dr. Konstantin Buteyko, founder of this breathing-retraining technique, constricting the bronchial airways (asthma) or nasal passageways (allergies) are just two of the most obvious ways the body tries to slow down the breathing to meet only the demands of metabolism and no more. Sleep apnea and snoring are examples of other ways our bodies try to get our attention. (For a list of illnesses Buteyko attributed to over-breathing, see Health Conditions.)
Buteyko educators believe that people start overbreathing for many reasons:
While we can't provide any guarantees, what we have observed is that the success of someone's experience with Buteyko Breathing is based in large part on how much that person can learn to relax his or her body and breath. Stress and relationship to time are huge issues in our society and the growth of chronic illness.
There's a self-test below you can take to investigate whether you have symptoms of overbreathing, also known as chronic hyperventilation.
How Do I Learn The Buteyko Breathing Technique?
What Happens At A Class?
The Buteyko Breathing Technique course teaches:
Dr. Buteyko discovered a way to measure your respiratory health with some fixed benchmarks to reach, just like healthy blood-pressure and weight ranges. So when you start, we advise you to assess your breathing state and incorporate the exercises you will learn into your daily routine several times a day until you reset your respiratory center to a healthy level. When you attain that level, you can taper off.
Just like the natural urge to lay off rich foods after holiday overeating, once your body remembers the comfortable experience of easy breathing, youll have the opportunity to learn to tell when something's off and you need to focus on restoring your breathing again.
Dr Buteyko said experiencing symptoms is an indication that your breathing is not controlled enough to handle your triggers such as animal dander, dust, pollen or pollution. If the breathing is healthy enough, you will not respond to your triggers, according to Dr. Buteyko.
Buteyko classes are taught in four or five sessions.
There's daily homework that requires a stopwatch. You may already have one (or use the function on your phone). We'll also have them for sale at the class.
For further information, check out the other pages in this section on History, Principles of Buteyko, and Scientific Background. Some of our favorite books on Buteyko Breathing are listed at our Recommended Books and Products page.