Buteyko Breathing Educational Programs for Children
The Buteyko Breathing Technique is an alternative approach and is not the practice of medicine, psychology, or a form of psychotherapy, nor is it a substitute for seeking medical or psychological advice from an appropriate professional health-care provider. We want to make the important distinction between using the Buteyko Breathing Technique for health and well-being and the practice of medicine, psychology or any other licensed health-care profession.
Children as young as 4 can learn the Buteyko Breathing Technique. While we can't provide guarantees, it's possible for a child's respiratory illness to improve with the Buteyko Breathing Technique. The training gives children the opportunity to learn to clear their nose and start breathing through it rather than their mouth, then learn simple breathing exercises that can increase their respiratory capacity if they have asthma, allergies or are snoring.
Reasons for kids to learn Buteyko Breathing
The material for the family of Buteyko kids to learn is very similar to the adult course. Parents come to a two-hour adult-only orientation before the children start for an overview of the course, the basic scientific theory behind the Method, and to learn and practice the main breathing exercise the children will do (which is different than the adult exercise).
We explore different imagery with children, mostly from the animal kingdom, to help quiet their breathing. And part of the kids' exercise routine is active, wheras adults typically sit or stand the whole time.
We play a lot of fun games with the children to bring the principles to life.
We can teach the children's course privately or in a group. If you want to explore private sessions, know that it goes better when parents and other family members join in the games.
Pre-teens can choose whether to join a kids' or adult class. Call us with questions. Teens can handle the adult material. We can also teach teen groups on request with at least three people.
To arrange a kids' course or a family course, please contact us. We haven't scheduled a public group children's course for a while. Between adult work and kids' extracurricular schedules, we've found it hard to find consensus on what's a good time.