The Principles of  The Buteyko Breathing Programme

Professor ButeykoBreathing through the nose is essential for good health.

The volume of air we breathe has a direct relationship with our health.

Carbon dioxide is not just a waste gas.

Reducing your breathing allows increased oxygenation of bodily tissues.

Professor Buteyko believed that genetic predisposition determines which illness people develop from over-breathing. The response of each individual to hyperventilation depends on inherited factors.

How do you know if you are over-breathing / hyperventilating?

Do you suffer from…
Wheezing, Breathlessness, Allergies, Rhinitis, Sinus problems, Coughing, Chest tightness, and/or frequent, yawning and snoring?

Do you suffer from…
Poor concentration, Racing mind particularly at rest, Anxiety, Panic attacks, Numbness Sweating, Vertigo, Tingling of the hands and feet, Faintness, Trembling or Headache?

Do you suffer from…
Idiopathic chest pain, irregular heartbeat and/or other heart complaints?

Do you suffer from…
Anxiety, Tension, Depression, Apprehension and/ or Stress?

Do you suffer from…
Insomnia, Snoring and/or Sleep Apnoea ?

Do you suffer from…
Dry mouth, Fatigue, Bad dreams, Nightmares, Dry itchy skin, Increased urination such as bed wetting or regular visits to the bathroom during the night, General weakness and chronic exhaustion?

Ten Benefits of Reduced Breathing

  1. Improves your physical and mental energy levels.
  2. Evokes the relaxation response thus easing tension.
  3. Improves sleep.
  4. Improves mood.
  5. Strengthens the lungs and improves oxygenation of the blood.
  6. Improves cardiac health.
  7. Detoxifies and releases toxins.
  8. Eases pain.
  9. Strengthens the immune system leading to less susceptibility to colds and Flu.
  10. Improves posture.

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If you answered ‘YES’ to any of the above?

Then, the Buteyko Breathing programme could help you.

How could so many symptoms be related to one’s breathing?

The reality is that compared to our forefathers our volume of breathing is more than the medical norm.

Over breathing causes a CO2 deficiency, which reduces blood flow, and oxygenation of tissues including the diaphragm. Low carbon dioxide also makes smooth and skeletal muscle tense, which leads to many of the symptoms above.

Hyperventilation/ Over-breathing contributes to many conditions. Because it receives very little attention, many patients go many years going to without any solution to their problem.

Physician Claude Lum noted ‘that hyperventilation presents a collection of bizarre and often unrelated symptoms, which affect any part of the body, any organ, and any system.’

Two important things to know about your breathing are:
The Rate and The Volume

The Rate

Average resting respiratory rates by age are:
Age Range – Breaths per minute
Birth to 6 weeks: 30–40 breaths per minute
6 months: 25–40 breaths per minute
3 years: 20–30 breaths per minute
6 years: 18–25 breaths per minute
10 years: 17–23 breaths per minute
Adults: 12-18-breaths per minute
Elderly ≥ 65 years old: 12-28 breaths per minute
Elderly ≥ 80 years old: 10-30 breaths per minute

Minute volume :(Source)
This all adds up to 15,000 breaths per day!!

The Volume

The standard volume of normal breathing for a healthy person is 3 – 5 litres of air per minute.

During an asthma or panic attack, this breathing level can increase to more than 20 litres per minute, a level that is detrimental to health and unsustainable for a lengthy period.

Less obvious and more prevalent are those of us who habitually breathe a volume between 5 and 20 litres a minute. Based on genetic factors, this can result in an individual developing illness. Just like eating too much, we can breathe too much. Therefore, our body must work much harder to deal with this.

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