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Breathing Retraining Courses

Sleep Apnoea

Asthma  ~  Snoring

Nasal Problems ~ Panic

Mouth Breathing

Understand and Treat the CAUSE not the symptoms


Russian medical student Konstantin Buteyko, (sounds like POTATO with a B) discovered in the late 1940’s, via an observation that has changed the management and lifestyle of thousands of people with asthma, sleep apnoea, snoring, panic, fatigue and other breathing disorders. Buteyko noticed that the condition of patients in the acute respiratory ward deteriorated when their breathing rate increased. He also noticed that those who reduced or were able to get their breathing to the normal rate began to recover. Buteyko’s then developed a generalised method for correcting breathing and this today bears his name.

Buteyko first discovered that this gradual and unobserved “over breathing”, is the main cause of many conditions and a Breathing Retraining Course is a series of techniques, breathing exercises, education and lifestyle changes (i.e. Buteyko Method) that CORRECTS this over breathing and will greatly improve, often in days snoring, asthma, sleep apnoea, sinusitis, congestion and increase your ability to do physical exercise resulting in less need for medications, more energy and less need for drugs and machines like CPAP.

This form of treatment was introduced to the Western world in Australia in 1990. Alexander Stalmatski taught approx 2000 people in Melbourne and Sydney. By the mid 90s he had taught the original practitioners who formed the BIBH. The Buteyko Institute Method (BIM) teaches people to correct the “automatic” breathing mechanism, reducing minute volume breathing so we can do more on less breath. The breathing becomes, gentle, nasal, day or night, awake or asleep.

Today, however, when the planet Goggles “Buteyko” confusion reigns.  There is so much confusion about breathing. I urge people to book a 1-hour consultation and allow me to explain – how breathing really works, what makes it inefficient, and as a result humans are fatigued, have poor sleep, some get asthma, snore, more intense allergy reactions, panic attacks and how the only true natural solution is to improve your breathing efficiency.

So many buzzwords exist today  – “Breathwork” – Yoga breathing – Wim hoff – Pursed lip breathing – Belly breathing – Breath focus – Lion’s breath – Alternate nostril breathing- Equal breathing – Resonant breathing – Sitali breath and of course the worst one “Deep breathing”. The poor professor would turn in his grave! None of these practices will ever change and improve the efficiency of someone’s breathing.

Here is the key secret – Over time people’s breathing changes just like a person’s weight, fitness, and flexibility and becomes inefficient, due mainly to stress and our modern lifestyles, and the ignorance and misunderstandings about breathing.

The (BIM) Buteyko Method is not a breathing technique, it is a program and method to retrain and normalize your “automatic” breathing pattern. This results in improvement, usually in days, in asthma, sleep, snoring, COAD, COPD, sinusitis, hay fever, rhinitis, blocked nose, allergies, bronchitis, bronchiectasis, panic and anxiety conditions, fatigue and many other respiratory problems. Day or night awake or asleep.

When breathing is corrected, people report:

  • Reduction in asthma symptoms & in the need for reliever medication
  • Unblocking of the nose and sinuses
  • Restoration of nasal breathing
  • Reduction or elimination of snoring and apnoea
  • Reduction in mucus production and allergic rhinitis and sinusitis
  • Improved ability to cope with stress
  • The immune system is improved, less colds and flu, with ability to recover quickly
  • Improvement in skin conditions such as itchy, dry skin or eczema
  • Headaches and migraines are significantly reduced or eliminated
  • Reduction in anxiety or panic attacks
  • Thinking and concentration levels are improved
  • Change in tongue position and occlusion
  • Stability to orthodontic work
  • Decrease in size of tonsils adenoids and polyps
  • Increased stamina and energy levels
  • Enhanced capacity for exercise and improved recovery rate
  • Reduction in Restless legs, Dry mouth, teeth grinding, leg cramps & reflux

Effective – over 90% of course participants come off all asthma reliever medications within one week (medical trial results published in MJA Dec 1998). Over 60% reduction in snoring volume and subsequent improvements in sleep quality within one week.

Safe – the BIBH follows international best practice asthma medication guidelines.

Scientifically based – based on the standard medical principles of respiration, the normalisation of breathing and the Bohr Effect.

Who does the Buteyko Institute Method Help?
The BIM is suitable for children from 5 years of age and adults of any age. It is effective for people with all types and degrees of severity of asthma and sleep disorders, as well as people with other respiratory disorders such as, COAD, COPD, sinusitis, hay fever, rhinitis, blocked nose, allergies, bronchitis, bronchiectasis, panic and anxiety conditions.

Quality of Life
Every year many people with asthma and sleep disorders suffer respiratory infections, sore throats, physical incapacity, fatigue, time off work or school with a poor quality of life, ongoing financial expense and a deteriorating condition. Learning the BIM provides people with the knowledge and skills to get back their health and gain more control of their life.

Thousands of people put up with these conditions. No one needs to. Most medications and treatments result in people becoming “customers” for life.

How do you learn the Buteyko Institute Method?
The Buteyko Institute Method is taught in courses consisting of five sessions of 2hr. Clients are taught how to retrain their breathing to enable them to breathe correctly when sleeping, exercising, speaking, eating, and performing all daily activities. Improvement usually occurs within the first 24 hours. Once the breathing is corrected it is not difficult to maintain.

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